Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Workspace for creating proof arguments

DearREADERS,Compiling a family history is more than matching up birth, marriage and death records with individuals on a family group sheet or pedigree chart. Current genealogy management software does well to link events in a person's life with notes and the image of a document that "proves" the point.

However, inferential research isn't so easily documented using convention genealogy management software. We need:
  • a workspace to develop in paragraph format our proof argument that a specific person is related to our family tree.
  • the ability to link documents we've uncovered that may indicate through indirect evidence the relationship.
  • indications of "negative" evidence must be considered.
  • a workspace where we can invite peers to review our work.
Adhering to the GPS Genealogical Proof Standard, rather than merely clicking to link to an online family tree is essential for the development of accurate family histories.

A study group has emerged that wishes to develop these thoughts further, and formally work to develop a workspace -- be it software interfacing with an online version.

Please reply with your suggestions of who might be added to the study group.

You might also explain WHERE you are writing up your proof arguments and linking documents in your own or client research.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.