Genealogical Standards of Evidence

Overview

Genealogical evidence is the information that allows us to identify an individual, an event in his or her life, or the relationship between individuals. In such a process, we often hear or use words such as evidence, proof, or documentation. Brenda Dougall Merriman takes readers through the genealogical process of research and identification, along the way examining how the genealogical community has developed standards of evidence and documentation, what those standards are, and how they can be applied. As a supplement to courses, workshops, and seminars, this book provides both an in-depth and inexpensive reference, perfect for compiling and checking research notes.

Reviews

...should be considered a must-read by anyone doing family history research in Canada. This easy-to-read book makes it simple to understand the different record sources, and the limitations and possibilities of each one. Merriman's book makes it clear that it does not have to be difficult to get your facts right.

Times-Colonist, The

This work is essential in the Internet age.

Ottawa Citizen, The

How often do genealogists encounter a methodology book they can't put down? Merriman's is such a book."
"Merriman's delightful book explains and illustrates standards and evidential concepts and acts like a pocket-sized reference source for further study.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly (September, 2010)

This slim book tackles a bold and worthy goal.

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (June, 2010)

Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians by Brenda Dougall Merriman is a must for the serious genealogist.

The Lindsay Post (January, 2010)

This book is an excellent practical reference guide to current genealogical standards and how to apply them to ones own research. It is highly recommended for a researchers personal collection.

FGS Forum

The author’s grasp of genealogical research principles and extensive experience with Canadians records are evident throughout.

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

Merriman’s delightful book explains and illustrates standards and evidential concepts and acts like a pocket-sized reference source for further study.

National Genealogical Society Quarterly

About the Author

Brenda Dougall Merriman

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Brenda Dougall Merriman

Brenda Dougall Merriman, Certified Genealogist (CG), is the author of Genealogy in Ontario and United Empire Loyalists: A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada. A member of the Ontario Genealogical Society since 1970, she founded the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She lives in Toronto.