Thursday, July 10, 2014

Across My Desk: 10 July 2014

Readings today that caught my eye:


From the Library of Congress website: "The almost seven hours of recorded interviews presented here took place between 1932 and 1975 in nine Southern states. Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom." See
Voices from the Days of Slavery, Audio Interviews (American Memory from the Library of Congress)
QUICKTIPS: Image Copies: Originals or Derivatives? "The debate continues. When we use an image copy, do we consider that to be an original or a derivative? As with all other aspects of research, it depends ..."
In particular read Elizabeth Shown Mills' response about what happens when we improve image quality after downloading an image from a website. Refer to her "Tweaking Images" response about the document's content.

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, “Perils of Source Snobbery,” OnBoard 18 (May 2012). "“No technique can be said to constitute the gold standard because there is no gold standard. … The common assertion of a gold standard of evidence is merely a rhetorical device. … The hard truth is that we have little choice but to adapt in creative ways to the kinds of evidence that social scientists confront.” Read more at:

From : "BCG first codified genealogical standards in The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual in 2000. It updated, reorganized, expanded, and clarified those standards in Genealogy Standards in 2014. These two charts offer a comparison of the new and old standards for users wishing to familiarize themselves with the changes." See this chart comparing "old" and "new" Genealogical Proof Standard points.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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