Family historians depend upon thousands of people unknown to them. They exchange research with others; copy information from books and databases; and write libraries, societies, and government offices. At times they even hire professionals to do legwork in distant areas and trust strangers to solve important problems. But how can a researcher be assured that he or she is producing or receiving reliable results? This new edition of the official manual from the Board of Certification for Genealogists provides a standard by which all genealogists can pattern their work.

“Anyone who wants to become a certified genealogist will need to read this book.” —Dick Eastman

Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards, fiftieth-anniversary edition (Nashville, TN: Ancestry, 2014).


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Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1—THE GENEALOGICAL PROOF STANDARD

CHAPTER 2—STANDARDS FOR DOCUMENTING

1. Scope
2. Specificity
3. Purposes
4. Citation uses
5. Citation elements
6. Format
7. Shortcuts
8. Separation safeguards

CHAPTER 3—STANDARDS FOR RESEARCHING PLANNING RESEARCH

9. Planned research
10. Effective research questions
11. Sound basis
12. Broad context
13. Source-based content
14. Topical breadth
15. Efficient sequence
16. Flexibility
17. Extent
18. Terminating the plan

COLLECTING DATA
19. Data-collection scope
20. Careful handling
21. Respect for source caretakers
22. Using others’ work
23. Reading handwriting
24. Understanding meanings
25. Note-taking content
26. Distinction between content and comments
27. Note-taking objectivity
28. Images and printouts
29. Transcriptions
30. Abstracts
31. Quotations
32. Transcribing, abstracting, and quoting principles
33. Paraphrases and summaries
34. Agents
35. Source analysis
36. Information analysis

REASONING FROM EVIDENCE
37. Sources, information, and evidence
38. Source preference
39. Information preference
40. Evidence mining
41. Evidence scope
42. Evidence discrimination
43. Evidence integrity
44. Evidence reliability
45. Assumptions
46. Evidence independence
47. Evidence correlation
48. Resolving evidence inconsistencies
49. Unresolved evidence inconsistencies
50. Assembling conclusions from evidence

CHAPTER 4—STANDARDS FOR WRITING GENEALOGICAL PROOFS

51. Research scope
52. Proved conclusions
53. Selection of appropriate options
54. Logical organization

ASSEMBLED RESEARCH RESULTS
55. Integrity and ownership
56. Honesty
57. Background information
58. Content
59. Proofs included
60. Overall format
61. Structure
62. Clear writing
63. Technically correct writing
65. Genealogical formats
66. Biographical information

SPECIAL-USE GENEALOGICAL PRODUCTS
67. Reports
68. Lineage-society applications
69. Source guides
70. Methodology guides
71. Compiled abstracts
72. Reviews
73. Database programs

CHAPTER 5—STANDARDS FOR GENEALOGICAL EDUCATORS LECTURERS AND INSTRUCTORS

74. Planned outcomes
75. Content titles
76. Enhancements
77. Bibliographies
78. Presentation style
79. Ownership
80. Course design
81. Student evaluation

CHAPTER 6—STANDARDS FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL DEVELOPMENT

82. Development goals
83. Regular engagement

Appendix A—THE GENEALOGIST’S CODE

TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC
TO PROTECT THE CONSUMER (CLIENT OR COLLEAGUE)
TO PROTECT THE PROFESSION

Appendix B—ABOUT THE BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION OF GENEALOGISTS

PUBLICATIONS
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
BCG’s ADDRESSES

APPENDIX C—SOURCES AND RESOURCES

SOURCE MATERIAL AND RELATED READINGS
RESOURCES FOR EXAMPLES

APPENDIX D—GLOSSARY

EVIDENCE ANALYSIS: A RESEARCH PROCESS MAP