US Black Heritage Project Genealogically Defined

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Genealogically Defined is a designation given to profiles when they meet ALL THREE of the following requirements:[1]

  1. Each attached parent is proven with a source
  2. Each attached spouse is proven with a source
  3. Each attached child is proven with a source

The point of this designation is to signal the fact that the relationships connected to the profile are sourced with high confidence.

Examples of acceptable sources to prove relationships:

  • Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death records
  • Social Security records
  • Census records which state the relationships
  • Published obituaries
  • Freedmen Bureau records which state relationships
  • Cohabitation records
  • Various church records which state relationships
  • Headstones only when relationships are engraved
  • First hand information from living family members
  • Oral history passed down in families when a search for all other sources has been exhausted

Examples of sources that do not prove relationships:

  • A family tree whether online (ie: Ancestry) or on paper
  • Census records before relationships were stated (pre-1880)
  • Unsourced family histories/genealogies
  • Find A Grave memorials unless it has a headstone as stated above

To declare that a profile is Genealogically Defined, place this link at the very top of the profile's biography [[Space:US_Black_Heritage_Project_Genealogically_Defined|US Black Heritage Project Genealogically Defined]]

We recognize that new sources may bring new information to light.

Example Profiles:


  1. According to Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project and author of Elements of Genealogical Analysis

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