Genealogists adhere to principles of competence, regardless of whether the results of their studies are communicated orally (in lectures and courses) or in writing (published in print or electronic format, privately circlulated among family members or correspondents, reported to clients or employers, or placed in one's own research files). These standards of competence extend to all phases of a research project: ● Collecting the information; ● Evaluating the evidence; and ● Compliling the results.They also apply to all phases of teaching activities:● Lecturing; ● Presenting classroom sessions; and ● Preparing written instuctional materals. They apply, also, to participation in the kinds of continuing education that raises the skill levels of individuals and of the field as a whole.
Research Standards The Genealogical Proof Standard
The ultimate goal for all genealogists is to assemble (and perhaps share with others) a reconstructed family history that is as close to the truth as possible. In order to achieve that goal, we adhere to an overall standard by which we measure the credibility of the statements we make about ancestral identities, relationships, life events, and biographical details.
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 official manual from the Board of Certification for Genealogists provides a standard by which all genealogists can pattern their work.
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