Genealogical resources provide understanding of the Genealogical Proof Standards (GPS). Genealogy is more than collecting data. The information must be evaluated for evidence with the results complied into an understandable conclusion. “The ultimate goal for all genealogists is to assemble a reconstructed family history that is as close to the truth as possible.” This quote is from page 1 of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2000.
The following are several resources for learning more about the GPS:
Susan Sloan, President of the Georgia Genealogical Society, presented a webinar “Harnessing the Power of Indirect Evidence.” In this program, Susan explained that evidence must be classified and evidence must be weighed to discover its value. Susan went on to explain the three criteria for classifying evidence and the GPS five-step process. This logically presented program with handout is available on the Georgia Genealogical Society website www.gagensociety.org. The monthly webinars are free with the past webinars are in the members section. Membership is open to everyone; the programs are very useful even to non-Georgia researchers.
Thomas Jones begins his book by answering the question, “why a genealogical proof standard?” The author ends with what is included and how to write a research conclusion. The book is written in textbook style for individual or group study. Jones, Thomas W. Mastering Genealogical Proof. Arlington: National Genealogical Society, 2013.
A few of the chapter topics include:
- Concepts Fundamental to the GPS
- Using the GPS
- and, complete chapters devoted to the five GPS Elements
Family history and genealogical societies such as Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), National Genealogical Society (NGS) and area societies such as Georgia Genealogical Society will present educational programs or tracks on research and methodology. On this website, I attempt to publicize program dates, topics, and speakers. Please notify Selma Blackmon with your genealogical and historical information. Thank you!