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Latin American Project Reliable Sources

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The purpose of this page is to describe what are considered to be reliable sources for usage on profiles managed by the Latin America Project (and its sub-projects).

It also lists sources that are not considered to be reliable, and therefore not recommended.

Reliable Sources

The following are generally considered to be reliable sources:

  • Parish Records
    Includes microfilm and digital images of baptism, confirmation, marriage, and burial records, as well as church inventories and directories. Original parish records are usually archived by the archdiocese of the locality in which the event took place. Microfilms are typically accessible at local libraries and digitized online through various archival websites. Ocassionally, records can be requested in writing from the parish diocese.
  • Immigration & Travel Records
  • Newspapers & Periodicals
  • Land & Probate Records

Reliable Sources with Conditions

The following are more appropriately used as finding aids, rather than as sources themselves:

  • Archival Indexes
    such as those provided by FamilySearch, are reliable sources. However, it is recommended that you view the source image when available, rather than rely on the index alone.
    • Note: When citing paid subscription indexes, be sure to include the share link to enable others to view the paid content. See Wikitree's External Link Templates category for usage instructions.

Unreliable Sources

The following are not considered to be reliable sources. Ocassionally, they can provide research hints or point to available sources, which must then be independently verified.

  • User-Contributed Family Trees
    While sometimes helpful, are not a reliable source. This applies, but is not limited to, trees found on Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, ftDNA, Geni, Rootsweb, and even Wikitree.
  • 3rd Party Websites, Blogs, & Record Compilations
  • Find-A-Grave Memorials
  • 3rd Party Indexes
    Indexes created by an organization other than the Archive
  • Wikipedia Articles
  • Family Genealogies
  • Genealogical & Historical Society Websites




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