In Preparation for Chapter 6
04 August 2013
Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof , (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2013), viii.
Book available from the publisher at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_proof
I have been using Evidentia software for my study of this book.I have collected some data, actually a far amount of data, but I wanted to keep track of that somehow. I can do that in my genealogy database, but I am not ready for that yet. So, I created a Spreadsheet.
Here is what I want to capture:
- A Subject ID for Evidentia, to keep names straight
- First or Given Name
- Middle Name, if any
- Birth Date
- Birth Location
- Marriage Date
- Marriage Location
- Death Date
- Death Location
- Record Search Order
- Record Searched
I think that the Order that I find the records may become important, so I want to track that. Having it in the order I searched may help out later in my project.
The Record Searched, I called it above, but in my EXCEL worksheet, I just say Record. What record did I find information, OR not find information. I found a Civil War Registration Record, but I didn’t find a Civil War Service Record. I want to remember that.
Residence is to help develop family groups. I am NOT using my genealogy database, at this point, but I wanted a way to sort to show the family groupings by the Residence Claim.
Sorting is key here.
I am creating a Subject ID for each different person I found or identified. They will help when or IF I need to merge two subjects. I couldn’t tell the difference from the Record and what it claimed, but during the analysis I may be able to resolve that conflict, two different names.
This is for TRACKING purposes for me:
This is sorted by Name. The yellow hi-lites are reminders that I have some conflicts to resolve. Almiria or Elmira; was she born in New York or New Jersey.
It’s not hi-lighted, yet, because I don’t know if James Wake and James A Wake are two people of ONE person. I am started with the Civil War congressional registration record for James A Wake, and the question I am trying to answer, did he serve in the Civil War?
I won’t infer (using what I learned with the study of Inferential Genealogy) anything here. That will be done in Evidentia. Also, not all of the data (claims) I find will be tracked at this point.
I’ll also be able to spot holes in my research. For example, the last entry is Wi