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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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”.


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


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”.


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.


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.


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.).


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).


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


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)


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)


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.


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.



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


The result,


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.


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.


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)


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


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


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 on Inferential Genealogy which I participated in a study on Second Life.


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.


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

Google+ Communities and Genealogy (part 2)

May 3, 2013

Continuing with my discussion about Google+ Communities, specifically with the Dear MYRTLE Genealogy Community.

Google+ Communities and Genealogy (part 1)

These discussions are about the earlier experience with the Google+ Community feature. Dear MYRTLE has moved to this platform as a way, or Genealogy Tool, to share our genealogy experience.

2 weeks into this new feature is talked about here.

Google+ Communities – What we know after 2 weeks (part 4) HOA

The real focus on this 4th of the series was about Private Communities. In our case, this may not apply. However, What IF you wanted to set up a Family Community or a Local Society Community? You may want to consider this feature.

The 5th in these series is talking about how and where to post on Google+

Google+ Communities – What we know after 4 weeks (pt. 5) 2013 a look ahead

This discussion talks about should WE post to Google+ OR only Post into the Community. The panel talked about how they post. The best example should “I” just post to Google+ or not to post to Google+ but only into the Community. What I got out of it, is that the reason the panel uses the Google+ to gain people into their community.

As I have followed DearMYRTLE, I see her on FaceBook and her Blog, and posting to the Community. That is my observation any way. In both the Google+ stream and from FaceBook, it’s getting the “word out there” that something is going on in the community.

So, for this 5th video, it is talking about Posting Strategy for a community. They did touch on personal communities or “for business” communities.

It was restated that the Community is Topic Focused. There was a work around, where there was a posting into one community, and sharing that post in the community into another community. I know that I have joined a couple of Genealogy Communities to learn what’s going on, but hadn’t thought about sharing some of those posts into the DearMYRTLE community. It does continue the thought about collaboration between communities.

On to part 6.

GooTubePlus in Google+ Communities. GooTube stands for Google and YouTube.

The point of this next video is talking about the transition into the Community feature.

Google Plus Communities – What we know after 2 Months (pt. 6)

It gets to the point from Part 5, that is, double posting, in Google+, to my own stream or circles or to the community.

This reminded me to look at what DearMYRTLE has posted into the **Guidelines category. She reminded us:

Let’s play nice in the sandbox. We respect your right to your religious and political beliefs, but this is no place for off-topic postings or Hangouts in this genealogy-oriented community. This is not a request.

For organization’s sake, first click on the category that matches your subject. Then type your post, and tap the “Share” button.  The post will be seen in “All Posts” and in the appropriate category.

This 6th video opens a new topic, for individuals, for placing or bookmarking posts within a personal community, that is private and you can create categories to put those bookmarks. It will be interesting to see how that will work.

Moving through another month, part 7 is at the 3rd month of communities. At this point in time, DearMYRTLE had moved from the Webinar platform to the Hangout On Air platform. So this next video talks about the communities are developing.

Google+ Communities – What we know after 3 Months (part 7)

I may be wrong, but what I have seen is more dialog. That started in the Hangouts On Air, both within the Joiners AND the Viewers. How DearMYRTLE is engaging the community during the Hangouts On Air. Now we are seeing discussions within the community on the topic of Genealogy. From what I have seen, is that the community is growing and sharing of our experience.

This 7th edition talked more about things to consider when setting up a community, starting with the Title, and the About section for the community. How that information helps the Google search engine and the Google+ search engine “ranks” the results. Apparently these are two different sets of results based on where you search from. The activity within the community (Posts, Plus One, Shares) help raise the community for someone searching in Google Plus.

One of the final comments from the Panel, was to create and participate in a private community.

The 8th edition is here, on Permission Only Communities.

Google+ Communities – What we know after 4 Months (part 8)

This video talked about a Public Community, where someone has to be invited into the community. Chef Dennis had a vision for the community and focus for his topic. He controls who joins and even excludes who can join the community. As DearMYRTLE has done, Chef Dennis has clear guidelines as to who can and who can’t join the community. What was interesting, to me, is that he looks at the Profile of the person who is requesting to join the community. It’s like what I talked about on my blog post.

Technical Tuesday–A thought about your Google+ Tag Line

That talked about how I choose who to add to one of my circles. So, for Chef Dennis, he bases that Tag line and Profile information as to who joins or doesn’t join his community.

This should be the end of this series of blog posts on Google+ Communities. It’s been a great journey watch DearMYRTLE and working with DearMRYTLE in the establishment of the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community.

Google+ Communities and Genealogy (part 1)

May 2, 2013

As some of you know, I have been involved with the DearMYTLE Genealogy Community on Google+. So, I thought I would take a moment or two to see if I can describe what a Google+ community is and why it may be important to those of use to do family history research. I have already benefitted, through sharing, from this relatively new “platform” to talk about genealogy.

I will share the experience with the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community, but I hope that those reading this blog post, that it is really another Tool, for our Genealogy Tool kit. Another online platform to use while doing our research. For example, the Hang Out feature to have a family gathering, on line, around the world, or just next door.

I started by watching a Google Hangout On Air with this title:

Google+ Communities – What You Need to Know (part 1)

What I got out of that YouTube presentation was that a community can be Topic Based. Certainly, that is what Dear MYRTLE has done for us. But what does that mean. If you have been using Google+, it is a stream of postings by other Google+ users. That users are those who YOU have decided to follow. That is your Stream of messages on Google+. If you follow 100 people, you will see what they post.

The “next” level of posting is to a Circle. For example, I have a Genealogy Circle. Those folks that I ‘follow’, who are also interested in genealogy of family history research, I put into that circle. IF I have a message that is on the topic of genealogy, I will select that circle to post that message to. I have a Family Circle. The Family circle may not be interested in what I have to say about Genealogy. Another circle I have is on Headstones. The other two circles may not be interested in my headstone pictures. So, Circles are “private”. Only those in the circle that I post to, will see those messages. I can post to more than one circle, so I control who will see what I post.

So what is different from a Circle (mine) verses a Community. You can join the community, if you find it. DearMYRTLE has a closed group, BUT, it can be found and you can ask to JOIN the Community. Two people monitor those requests to join, and you will be approved.

One major difference is that Communities can be Searched and they are Indexed. Family Historians know what indexed and “can be searched” means. Each post, Each COMMENT, AND Each time you click that +1 ICON, helps get the Community to appear higher in the results using the Google Search Engine. A circle won’t do that.

We have used Twitter as a genealogy tool. Don’t give up on that tool, as it is another useful genealogy tool in our tool box. But, unlike Twitter, Google+ communities are focused, and by replying to a comment or post, you can “continue the conversation”. I find it difficult just watching twitter, to pick up on a Hashtag. If I focus on ONE hashtag, like “ #genealogy ” I would miss out on the “ #genchat “. But a message in a community, such as the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community won’t get lost. Oh, did I mention it’s longer then 140 characters.

You will see, on the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Community, some categories on the left side. That focuses the discussion on specific topics, like Hang Outs. So, it’s topic based, within the community.

The referred to YouTube video mentioned Not Competition with other genealogy communities, which are being created, but another place for cooperation, or as I have hear DearMYTLE say Collaboration.

Part 2 YouTube

Google+ Communities – What We Know After 18 Hours (part 2)

In the community, WE talk about what WE want to read about. Google+ would be everything, based on your circles or folks you follow, while the DearMYRTLE community is only talking about Genealogy.

This second video talks a little more about how the information within the Community is “controlled”. Also, ALL posts, even published within a Category, the Community will see those posts. If you, the reader, wants to just look at Hang Outs, just look at that Category.

The hint about “all of the emails” from the community, they suggest that you turn the Notifications (Bell ICON on the Left) OFF. As a moderator, I keep that ON because I want to see want to see the posts and comments. You may not want to see all of them. OR as we suggested in one of our early Hangouts On Air, Turn the Notifications OFF during the Hangout, the turn it back ON following the Hangout.

Part 3 (a week into Communities)

Google+ Communities – What we know after 1 week (part 3)

One of the comments about growing the of Communities in Google+, was encouraging conversation within the community.


End of Part 1


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