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January 6, 2011

Review: Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians

Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians by Brenda Dougall Merriman. Dundern Press, Toronto. 2010 is part of a series of genealogy books called Genealogist's Reference Shelf.

Genealogical Standards of Evidence 120 pages will guide you through becoming a much more careful and serious researcher, one who is able to understand and evaluate every piece of information you find.

In her introduction, Ms. Merriman explains that her book has three purposes:

* as an introduction to the habits of careful researchers

* as an inexpensive reference work for checking your own research notes

* as a supplement to course, workshops and seminars you attend

Ms. Merriman explains that Genealogical Evidence is the information which we evaluate and analyze in order to identify an individual, an event in an individual's life or the relationships between individuals.

This book walks the reader step by step through the processes of understanding and applying Genealogical Standards of Evidence. It is clear and concise and the chapter of illustrated examples adds to the explanations provided.

After reading the book, genealogists will be more equipped to present, discuss and analyse their findings, including anomalies.

Ms. Merriman tells us that this book is intended as a primer, but I recommend it for all levels of genealogists. Any genealogist, from beginner to advanced will benefit from this book.  It deserves a place on your bookshelf.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

Because you recommend it so highly, I thought I would borrow it from my local library - but they have only one copy and it's a reference book. Perhaps I'll buy it. Thanks for pointing it out to us.