Genealogical Proof Standard

We strive to reconstruct family histories, to develop ancestries and to achieve genealogical goals that reflect historical truth as accurately as possible. To do this we use the genealogical proof standard to measure the credibility of our conclusions about ancestral identities, relationships and life events. This involves five specific criteria:

  1. Reasonably exhaustive research has been conducted.
  2. Each statement of fact has a complete and accurate source citation.
  3. The evidence is reliable and has been skillfully correlated and interpreted.
  4. Any contradictory evidence has been resolved.
  5. The conclusion has been soundly reasoned and coherently written.

Any proof statement is subject to re-evaluation when new evidence arises.

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