Recent comments

 
 
 
  • Reply to: Have I been driven by my genealogy software ?   4 hours 54 min ago

    Yep, Russ. When we see an assertion about an event, we would like for it to be a fact!  But, it's just a claim until we assemble adequate proof.

     

  • Reply to: Have I been driven by my genealogy software ?   1 day 4 hours ago

    Dear Editor,

    Thank you so much for clarifying.

    So, I have been citing my Census Records correctly. Just didn't explain it correctly here.

    I need to change my terms from Facts or Events to Assertions. I know better, but that word hasn't made it into my vocabulary, but will soon.

    Thank you,

    Russ

  • Reply to: Have I been driven by my genealogy software ?   1 day 5 hours ago

    Russ, you're asking good questions and there are some issues to clear up. Some of it, I think you know already but the way it's expressed above could lead some readers to misread your intent--so I'll address it. Some of the confusion, stems from the fact that you've been doing research since "way back when," when software developers themselves did not understand citation principles and built some confusing practices into their software.

    1. For censuses that are only one-line entries, such as the U.S. censuses from 1790-1840, we cite that one line by its line number. For censuses that number the dwellings and families, such as the U.S. censuses from 1850 forward, we cite the dwelling and family numbers. For those years in which we cite dwellings/families, we don't need to also cite the lines numbers on the page. Most good software today offers templates that follow this rule. In creating a citation, if the person we are citing is in a household that carries a different name, our citation might say "Joe S. Whipperdoodle in family of John Brown.
    2. Citations aren't attached to people. They are attached to assertions. It's not people we're having to prove, it's assertions. Therefore, every asserion that is not common knowledge should carry its own citation of source. If you extract 15 "facts" about Joe S. Whipperdoodle from the 1850 census, then each "fact" will have its own citation. If that Brown/Whipperdoodle household has 10 people in it, then each time you extract a "fact" for one of those people, you attach that 1850 census citation. Practically speaking, of course, that means your database has one citation to which x-number of "facts" are linked.
    3. The rule by which we measure good documentation is not the number of citations. It's not some people:citation ratio. Good documentation--and reliable work--is measured by whether every assertion is supported by valid evidence.

    Does this clear things up?

     

  • Reply to: Citing Correspondence through 23andMe   2 days 6 hours ago

    Good thinking, Dan!

  • Reply to: Citing Correspondence through 23andMe   2 days 6 hours ago

    Good thinking, Dan!