Compiled Genealogies: Five-Star Quality Rating System

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One Star

Standard format. Includes table of contents, index, and a numbering system that is easy to follow.

Two Stars

Places ancestors in relevant historical context.

Three Stars

Cites sources.

Four Stars

Cites high-quality sources; examines the original source material, not simply derivatives, such as abstracts.[1]

Five Stars

Author is credentialed as a genealogist, belongs to relevant family history organizations, or has earned a college degree in a similar field of study.

  1. A BCG standard.