The problem is common. We search for months or years for certain badly needed information-proof of parentage, perhaps. No record explicitly states what we need. Yet everything convinces us that such-and-such has to be. Is that good enough?
In genealogy, the ideal record often does not exist. To solve that problem, we have two options:
- we find a reliable alternative that does state the needed data.
- we build a case from bits and pieces of other evidence.
Whether or not that case is solid depends upon two things:
- the quality of our research and analysis (our construction methods).
- the quality of our evidence (our construction materials).
Continue reading the entire article by Elizabeth Shown Mills by clicking here. Elizabeth is the author of the new Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace.