How well can I trust what I find?

+4 votes

The current issue of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 167(Jan 2013):5, contains a wonderful editorial by Henry B. Hoff and Helen Schatvet Ullman about what to look for in published genealogies. I would say the same holds true for any online genealogies as well. 

  1. "Look at the chronology. Do the dates make sense? Make sure women are not marrying at 6 or having children after 50. If there are few actual dates available, has the author provided reasonable "say" [about] dates of birth and/or marriage?"
  2. "Look at the lineage. Are there many statements without documentation? Is there documentation for the mother's maiden name? Is there evidence to show children belong to their purported parents?" 
  3. "Look at the reasoning. Is there analysis to discuss possible or probably connections? Or is everything presented as 'fact'?"
  4. "Look at the documentation itself. Do the sources cited seem likely to support the information in the text? Are wills and deeds cited, or is the entire publication based on a few secondary sources and a few published primary source records? The latter scenario may be sufficient, but often so much more could be done."


asked Mar 5, 2013 in Requests for Genealogy Help by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (532,950 points)

Your answer

Your name to display (optional):
Privacy: Your email address will only be used for sending these notifications.
Anti-spam verification:
To avoid this verification in future, please log in or register.

Related questions

+5 votes
3 answers
+7 votes
1 answer
+10 votes
2 answers
111 views asked Dec 16, 2015 in The Tree House by Dale Byers G2G6 Pilot (770,550 points)
+4 votes
1 answer
140 views asked Nov 28, 2013 in WikiTree Tech by Rob Hoyt G2G2 (2,590 points)
+6 votes
1 answer
94 views asked Oct 2, 2014 in The Tree House by Unknown Unknown G2G6 Mach 2 (29,040 points)
+7 votes
0 answers
104 views asked Jun 22, 2013 in Requests for Genealogy Help by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (532,950 points)
+1 vote
1 answer
119 views asked Jul 6, 2012 in Requests for Genealogy Help by Jon Pritts G2G Rookie (170 points)
+4 votes
1 answer
+2 votes
1 answer

WikiTree  ~  About  ~  Help Help  ~  Search Person Search  ~  Surname:

disclaimer - terms - copyright