Initial Proof Report

May 13, 2013

Continuing the use of Evidentia for the study of Mastering Genealogical Proof.

Previously I had identified a Source, created a Citation, documented the claims of the source, defined the quality of the source. The next step is to Evaluate the assertion’s so far.

Evidentia – Assigning Claim to Subject

As I have done in earlier posts, I reviewed the Training Video by Evidentia.

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 4

Clicking on Analyze Evidence brings up this screen, where I selected Charles Worthington from the pull down menu. Since he only had one claim, I select that one, Birth, in this case.

What IS important on this screen, is that there are TWO required steps that need to be completed. In my example, I had done that in the earlier blog posts. One is to Classify the Source, which I did, as an Authored Work, and two, to provide the Information Quality. Again, in this case, it’s Secondary as the person presenting the information obtained the information second hand.

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The next step will be to select a Classification.

This is Indirect Evidence, to me, and my analysis is entered in the Analysis field. It’s preliminary information, but a place to start.

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Evidentia allows for Research Notes. There is an ICON, as indicated below, that will bring up the Research Notes (or To Do Lists) as reminders of what needs to be found.

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Below are two entries. On the left, is one that was already entered. Note that there is a Date, Time stamp that is automatically added by the program.

On the right, is what needs to be found, with more details of what is needed below.

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Clearly, for this example, more information is needed to draw any conclusions. However, I will start drafting a Proof Statement.

Entering and Saving the Proof Summary, there will be a Proof option available, going forward, on the Birth of Charles Worthington. The initial Proof Summary was created, the Research Notes ICON has changed color, indicating that there ARE research notes, and I put a Check Mark in the “Inconclusive” box, as a reminder that I’m not done.

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There is a report that can be generated on where this claim stands, as a Genealogical Proof Report.

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A Summary of the Findings, Itemized Research Findings, Recommendations for Continuing, and End Notes. So far, One Assertion, from One Source has been considered in evaluating this claim. Its only a start.

Below is the text version of the above report.

Note: I have copied and pasted this information, into my genealogy database program, for the Birth Fact, Source Notes for Charles Worthington.

Genealogical Proof Report for the Birth of Charles Worthington (1)

Summary of Findings

13 May 2013 – Initial conclusion is that Charles Worthington (1) was born in 1701 following the death of his father. More complete information is required

Itemized Research Findings

1 assertions from 1 sources were considered in evaluating this claim.

The Pedigree Chart MA – John Worthington (Art: M 5) (1) asserts that Charles Worthington was born in 1701 posthumously. The source reviewed was an Authored work, introducing the risk of errors in interpretation. The information is believed to be Secondary (meaning the person providing the information received that information second hand, from another person or work). The evidence supporting the claim is considered Indirect (meaning the evidence is implied, circumstantial or fails to answer the whole question).

Initial information on the Birth of Charles Worthington. Only the birth year of 1701 was provided in this source.

The source also indicates that he was born following the death of his father also in 1701.

Primary documentation is required to draw a conclusion, but it is a place to start.

Recommendations for Continuing

  • Pedigree MA only indicates the birth year of 1701, following the death of his father.
  • Pedigree MA does not include the location of his birth. It might be Anne Arundel County, Maryland as that is Residence Information provided in that source

End Notes

W Peter Pearre and Addison Worthington; 17th Century Project; , {The Knoll House, Knossington, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8LT, }London, England, 2011.

13 May 2013
Evidentia© 2012-2013

 

Note: For the purpose of the study of Mastering Genealogical Proof, I intend on doing this type of work, on those people and facts, that will help me answer the question: Who are the parents of John Worthington (1650-1701)?


Evidentia – Assigning Claim to Subject

May 13, 2013

My previous blog post:

Entering first Source into Evidentia

As I continue to work with Evidentia, I first reviewed:

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 3

In the previous blog post, I had an Claim for Francis Worthington and Sarah Byrom (not seen below) as parents of John Worthington. I had classified that claim as Secondary. Hovering the cursor in that 3rd column will explain to “Double-click to open Attach Subject screen”.

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Then double clicked in the Assign Subject field which will bring up this screen.

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In the Claim Type pull down menu, I select Child[ren] and selected John Worthington (2) from the menu, because I had already entered him into this database previously. If the name wasn’t there, it can be added. A note about the (2) following his name shortly. It is merely to help me to know which John Worthington I am talking about. When his name is selected, there will be a number in the “Ref No” field.

There will be a later blog post to show how this report was created, but the text in the red box is what Is important. It says “asserts that Francis Worthington and Sarah Byrom was the parents of John Worthington”.

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More on that later.

To show the Claim Type Screen, I selected the claim of Francis Worthington’s death. The pull down menu will provide a series of the “normal” facts or claims that we might find.

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Same with the Name, the pull down menu will allow us to Select the right person. Only enter an individual name one time. As before, I have a (4) by Francis. Will cover that shortly.

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In the List Manager screen is where those ID’s can be entered. Clicking on List Manager on the left will bring up the Subject Screen. On this screen is where the sex of the person can be added AND the Reference Number (Ref. No.).

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For this file, I am selecting Charles Worthington (born posthumously) in 1701 as the #1 person. His father, John, will be 2, his mother will be 3. But, in the example above, there is another Charles Worthington. He was born and died prior to Charles Worthington (1), and was the 5th Child of John and Sarah Worthington, so his Ref No is 2e. That way I can tell the difference between the two Charles’.

Charles has 5 siblings. So, I as a letter after the father’s number, or 2a. As it turns out, 2a is John Worthington, the son.

Sarah Howard remarried, so I added 3a has is Reference Number.

John Worthington (2) is my primary person, so Francis Worthington will be 2×2 or 4 and Sarah Byrom will be 4 + 1 or 5. The usual Father being double of the persons number and the Mother the father’s number plus 1.

I have chosen to add a letter following the father’s number for the children. But you may want to define your own numbering system.

As before, more details on how to generate this report will come later. But this clearly shows the difference in people and their claims, Like John Worthington (2) and John Worthington (2a).

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Below are all of the Claims that were included in that Citation.

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So, the Data has been Entered, and the Claims from the Source have been assigned to a Subject. As the Video mentions, the subject does not have to be a person. For my purposes, at least at this point, the subject will be people.


Entering first Source into Evidentia

May 12, 2013

This is the third post in a series on how I plan on using Evidentia in the study of a book. The first was:

Preparation for the Study of Mastering Genealogical Proof where I entered the book title into Evidentia

The instructions on how I did this, was after watching Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 1 – YouTube. Then I followed up with how I wanted to create this new database and save it to Dropbox.

Evidentia Filename and it’s location

Now it’s time to enter the first source. Again, the developers of Evidentia have another YouTube video:

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 2

In my case, I will use a Pedigree Chart that I have received from the Worthington Family History Society. This chart is one in a series created for the Worthington 17th Century Project. The person of interest is John Worthington (in the red box)

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What I know of this project, there are a team of individuals who have researched old English Records, and created these Pedigree Charts. At least one researcher created it, but usually there were two in the creation of these charts, then at least two other people who examined the chart and associated records, then Proved these charts. Its just that these charts do not have any source and citation information on the charts.

Since I have already found one of the original records, as I reported here:

Day One–Searching in Lancashire, England

I figured that I created this database in my genealogy program, I could find the documentation myself, online, while I wait for any additional information that I might receive from the project.

Since my goal is to Identify John Worthington’s Parents, I will use this chart to do so. It may not be clear on this chart, but his parents are listed as Francis Worthington and Sarah Byrom. I want to prove, or disprove that claim. What I will do, is to use this 2nd video, for my instructions, and use it to added the information in this blog post. For me, I need to do this one step at a time, while I learn to use Evidentia.

I created the Source, as I did in the earlier blog post on Mastering Genealogical Proof, and started a Citation on this Pedigree Chart. In the video, +Ed Thompson used a Google Book, and I will be using this Pedigree Chart, and a specific person.

Pedigree Chart MA – John Worthington (Art: M 5)

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Each person of interested, in these charts have an “Art” or Article number. That helps keep track of all of the “John Worthington’s” in these charts. So, I now have the Source, I want to add the Claims that are presented in this Source.

In the video, Ed talked about an Always On Top screen that is very helpful when transcribing information from a source. I learned this trick, not a trick but a great feature, when I used Evidentia earlier. You get that screen with the 3rd ICON under Classification of the Claim. It looks like a pencil. Maybe hard to see on this screen, but very helpful.

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So now, I will bring up that Pedigree Chart and transcribe what is on the Chart, into that Always On Top window, one Claim at a time.

I see that John Worthington resided in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. So, in the window I type “John Worthington resided in Anne Arundel County Maryland. That is a claim or assertion that is being made.

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The Claim screen, we are to “Complete this sentence The source asserts that …”

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That is what goes into that Always On Top window.

I continue to enter each claim that I can see on that Pedigree pertaining to John Worthington. Like his wife, Sarah Howard, some information about her, his children that are listed in the bottom line of the Pedigree Chart, and information about Francis Worthington, his father, and Sarah Byrom his mother. Its this last to items that I want to prove or disprove. I am NOT going to rely on this Chart to reach a conclusion that Francis and Sarah Worthington are John’s parents. But this is a good start.

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The center column about is to determine the Classification of the Source. I concluded that this source is Secondary, in that no one, creating, examining, or providing the Chart had direct knowledge of this event, but were looking at some sort of record about the event. Those are the records I want to find and see.

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So, each Claim, I marked as Secondary.

One of the reports, that is available, is to show a list of all of the Claims from this Source that I entered with this citation.

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At this point, the data entry, into Evidentia, is complete.

The real benefit for me, of Evidentia, is not the data entry, I can do that into my genealogy database, but the next step that Evidentia does is to force (used in a very positive way) me to EVALUATE each claim or assertion to help draw a conclusion.

More to follow.


Evidentia Filename and it’s location

May 10, 2013

In my previous blog post, Preparation for the Study of Mastering Genealogical Proof I mentioned that I was creating a new Evidentia database for this study.

To do that, I brought up Evidentia, and clicked on the Options Menu.

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This will bring up a window where you can see any existing databases and their location. I am going to select Create New Database.

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Below this part of the screen, is a list of other Evidentia databases that I have on my computer.

For this database, I am going to be using Dropbox to save this database.

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The name of the file is MGP and it’s located in my Dropbox \ Evidentia folder.


Preparation for the Study of Mastering Genealogical Proof

May 10, 2013

I am getting ready for a study of a new book, Mastering Genealogical Proof. My plan is to use the book, to see if I can put a dent in a brick wall. Not that brick walls can be dented, but I won’t go so far to say that I’ll knock down that brick wall. I’ll provide details about this book in a moment.

From a previous study of a work by Dr. Thomas W Jones, author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, I am guessing that I will have to come up with a specific Question. I will use my genealogy database management program, Family Tree Maker 2012, but will use two additional programs. GenDetective, which I have blogged about, and Evidentia, which I have also blogged about.

For this blog post, I am going to use Evidentia to create a Source listing, for this book, as it will become helpful as we study this book.

Understanding that Evidentia was updated as a result of the study of this book, by the developer of this product, I want to verify that I had the correct version. I opened Evidentia, clicked on About Evidentia, which brought up this screen and clicked on Check Version

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The result,

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Good so far, now to begin entering this new project and database.

Since this is a new database and a New Source, I selected Document Source.

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The Source Title is of my choosing and is not used in any reports. I want to have book sources listed together in later data entry or use. So, I entered Book – Mastering Genealogical Proof.

Since this is an Authored Work, in the pull down menu, that is what I selected.

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I want to use the Evidence Explained! template, I selected the Template ICON on the right, which brought up a list of templates. I entered “b” so that I didn’t have to scroll down to the Book template and selected Book, Book format, (citing from title page)

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I then click on Select, and the fields on the right indicate what data will appear in the Source information.

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The next screen is “fill in the blanks”. Information is from the Title Page inside of the book. (that’s easy for me)

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Below is the resulting Document a Source screen. The Description field, again is for User Notes. I am just reminding myself, that Dr. Jones also had a presentation on FamilySearch.org on Inferential Genealogy which I participated in a study on Second Life.

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I changed screens to show the Citation so far. But future blog posts on this topic will be used to generate the Citations for this study.

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The Source will look like this.

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013)

For more details, Ed Thomson, developer for Evidentia, has a YouTube presentation on this task. Please visit his site.

Evidentia – Getting Started – Part 1 – YouTube


2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 4 REVISED

February 19, 2013

An update to this blog post:  2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 4 Marriage Summary Conclusion

Following the comments on the previous blog posts, a couple of Google+ Hangouts On Air with DearMYRTLE, active conversation between end users and the developer of Evidentia, an update was issued to the program.

The only change I made to the data in my Evidentia file was to update the Summary of Findings or the Summary Conclusion for the data presented.

I dated the first summary then appended the Summary Conclusion and created the Genelogical Proof Report, as seen in the following screens:

Summary of Findings:

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 1: (Assertion about the Marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle)

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 2: (probably not really required, but may be important information after other information is found – who the couple were married by)

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 3: (noting that Sarah Bickle signed the record with an “X”)

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Itemized Research Findings:

Assertion 4: (noting the two witnesses, and that Daniel Prior also signed the record with an “X”)

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Recommendations for Continuing and End Notes:

As noted earlier in the blog on this Docu-Challenge, I had questions about the spelling of the town. The Recommendations for Continuing is a note, within Evidentia, for me to follow up on this issue and to find out more about this Church.

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Since this report is generated in my browser, I copied and pasted the report for easier reading.

 

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Genealogical Proof Report

for the Marriage of William Warren

Prepared By Russ Worthington

Summary of Findings

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon, in Cronwell, England, by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate. William Bickle and Daniel Prior were present at the marriage. Sarah Bickle and Daniel Prior signed the document with an “X”, with the words “the mark of” the persons name, while William Warren and William Bickle signed their name. {12 Feb 2013).

After review of the comments on my blog, and an update of Evidentia to version 1.3, the Summary Conclusion has been revised to read (02/19/13)

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Werrington, county of Devon, in Cornwell, England.

Itemized Research Findings

4 assertions from 1 sources were considered in evaluating this claim.

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married in the Church by Banns with confent of this thirtieth Day of October in the year One thoufand eight hundred and thirty three. The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary (meaning the person providing the information was a knowledgable eyewitness or participant in the event). The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct (meaning it adequate to answer the question directly).

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[2] asserts that Married by Thomas Waddon Martyn Curate. The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct.

William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[3] asserts that This Marriage was folemnized between us, William Warren / X (the mark of Sarah Bickle). The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct.

The marriage record of William Warrent and Sarah Bickle was signed by William Warren, but signed with an “X” by Sarah Bickle, as indicated on the record

The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[4] asserts that William Bickle and Daniel Prior were “in the Prefence” at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle. The source reviewed was an Image Copy of an original work. The information is believed to be Primary. The evidence supporting the claim is considered Direct.

William Bickle and Daniel Prior was present at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle

Recommendations for Continuing

  • The spelling of the down, on the image appears to be Warrington, but the text on FamilySearch.org shows Werrington. Need to identify the location for this parish

End Notes

1Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

2Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

3Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

4Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

Prepared by Russ Worthington

Evidentia© 2012-2013


2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry–Part 5 Summary Report for William Warren

February 12, 2013

Part of Dear MYRTLE’s 2013 Docu-Challenge #1, ( 2013 Docu-Challenge #1: English Parish Register Marriage Entry ) was to generate a Summary Report about William Warren.

So far, the 4 assertions on the Marriage Claim from this record has been reviewed, and the 1 assertion for the residence has not been reviewed. I had entered that William Warren lived in the area in Warrington (Werrington). With the spelling of the location in question, I will do further research on that, as attempt to locate another source for William before I complete the review of his residence.

 

Research Summary Report
Subject: William Warren

Prepared By Russ Worthington

Summary

The Evidentia® database includes 2 events and/or facts for William Warren. These include:

  • Marriage4 assertions, 4 reviewed.
  • Residence1 assertions, 0 reviewed.

Marriage

A Summary Conclusion has been created for this fact/event. Please refer to the Genealogical Proof Report for the Marriage of William Warren for a detailed analysis.

The related references are enumerated below.

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married in the Church by Banns with confent of this thirtieth Day of October in the year One thoufand eight hundred and thirty three. This assertion is not associated with other subjects. A review of this assertion states:

    William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married under the Banns of Marriage on 30 Oct 1833, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that Married by Thomas Waddon Martyn Curate. This assertion is associated with 1 other subject(s): Sarah Bickle; and Thomas Waddon Martyn. A review of this assertion states:

    William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married by Thomas Waddon Martyn, Curate, in the Parish of Warrington (Werrington), county of Devon in Cronwell, England

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that This Marriage was folemnized between us, William Warren / X (the mark of Sarah Bickle). This assertion is not associated with other subjects. A review of this assertion states:

    The marriage record of William Warrent and Sarah Bickle was signed by William Warren, but signed with an “X” by Sarah Bickle, as indicated on the record

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Bickle and Daniel Prior were “in the Prefence” at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle. This assertion is not associated with other subjects. A review of this assertion states:

    William Bickle and Daniel Prior was present at the marriage of William Warren and Sarah Bickle

Residence

A Summary Conclusion is yet to be created for this fact/event.

The related references are enumerated below.

  • The Cornwall Parish Registers – William Warren and Sarah Bickle Marriage[1] asserts that William Warren of this parifh (Warrington). This assertion is not associated with other subjects. This assertion has not been reviewed.

End Notes

1Werrington Marriages (Devonshire, Cornwall, England), Marriage Records, , ; Digital Image, Family Search (familysearch.org : ).

Prepared by Russ Worthington

Evidentia® 2012


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