Applying the EAM to DNA: Part 3, Evidence

Why do we take DNA tests? Reasons vary. Many people hope it will “tell me who I am.” That’s a reasonable expectation for adoptees and others with questions about their own parents and siblings. Others swab or spit because they think it will tell them where their ancestors come from. Experienced family historians turn to DNA to help resolve questions for which paper-trail research has turned up no explicit answer.

Documentation vs. DNA: The False Argument

“When documentation doesn’t exist, DNA tells us what’s what.” Or, at least, that’s the argument a genealogist posed in another forum. Where do we begin with this? For today, I’ll ignore the last five words of the quote and address the broader concept: Documentation always exists. Always. Even when we use DNA as “proof,” we still must have documentation ...
Evaluating Other People's Citations—Answers to the Test

Yvette nailed it. Yesterday's list of “reference notes” represents a cut-and-paste from the “recommended" citations created by various archives who helpfully tell users how to cite what they have found there. All but one of them represent a document that is online, so that no travel is needed.

EE Mon, 11/05/2018 - 20:30
QuickTest: Evaluating Other People's Citations

Someone has just presented you with a paper in which they report their research findings. These are the first nine reference notes. What is your reaction?

EE Mon, 11/05/2018 - 20:17

Nihil Debet

Yesterday’s test document was a doozie. At least, its handwriting was. But, of course, EE didn’t choose it because of the handwriting. We chose it to see what researchers would “do” with this kind of record and what their takeaway would be ...