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A conceptural model of genealogical evidence : linkage between present-day sources and past facts

by Thomas W. Jones
Jones, Thomas W. (Main Author)
Journal Article
English
p. 6-17 : charts

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"Any framework for conceptualizing genealogical evidence must rest upon a sound understanding of the terms used as constuction materials. Some labels that many genealogists apply interchangeably in their discussions of evidence require discrete and significantly different meanings -- principally facts, sources, evidence, and proof." p. 7

"These four ways in which specific items of evidence link sources to facts can be conceptualized as categories of evidence. A single item of evidence can be categorized differently, depending on the fact to which the genealogist links it. For example, Amzi Leach of New Jersey and Ohio was born 4 February 1807, according to evidence culled from three sources: his tombstone, his obituary, and a biography of his daughter (The four fathers of Amzi Leach: Analysis of Conflicting Evidence). This information exemplifies all four categories of evidence -- it is * direct evidence of his date of birth; * indirect evidence of his mother's approximate age (perhaps fourteen to forty-eight); * circumstantial evidence that his father was the man who married Amzi's mother twenty-two days before Amzi's birth; and * negative evidence that Diana Brown Leach was not his mother, since she bore a child on 2 November 1806 (The four fathers of Amzi Leach: Analysis of Conflicting Evidence)." p. 9

Includes notes and documentation.

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National Genealogical Society quarterly - v. 86 (1998) - v. 86, no. 1 (Mar. 1998)

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