While my posts deal with the use of proof in forming conclusions, Randy Seaver, prolific author of the Genea-Musings blog; Tim Forsythe, author of Ancestors Now; Russ Worthington, author of A Worthington Weblog; and others have taken it a step further in discussing how they use their genealogy database software. This new turn is particularly interesting, considering that I rarely use any genealogy software in my research, especially my research for clients.
Read the following posts to witness the development of the terms “Evidence-based Genealogists” and “Conclusion-based Genealogists”:
- Russ Worthington, “When to enter data into your Genealogy Software?,” A Worthington Weblog blog, posted 20 February 2012 (http://worthy2be.wordpress.com : accessed 9 March 2012).
- Randy Seaver, “Events, Assertions, Evidence, Facts, Sources, Analysis, Conclusions, Software, Oh My!,” Genea-Musings blog, posted 20 February 2012 (http://www.geneamusings.com : accessed 9 March 2012).
- Randy Seaver, “Are You an Evidence-Based or a Conclusion-Based Genealogist?,” Genea-Musings blog, posted 20 February 2012.
- Jennifer Zinck, “Evidence Management,” Ancestor Central blog, posted 22 February 2012 (http://www.ancestorcentral.com/ : accessed 9 March 2012).
- Tim Forsythe, “Evidence-based Genealogy vs. Conclusion-based Genealogy,” Ancestors Now blog, posted 25 February 2012 (http://ancestorsnow.com/press/index.php : accessed 9 March 2012).
- Tim Forsythe, “Where To File Your Well Thought Out Genealogy Conclusions,” Ancestors Now blog, posted 25 February 2012.
- Randy Seaver, “Trying to be an Evidenced-Based Researcher- Does This Work?,” Genea-Musings blog, posted 28 February 2012.
- Randy Seaver, “Does Genealogy Software Force Me to be Conclusion-Based?,” Genea-Musings blog, posted 29 February 2012.
- Russ Worthington, “Evidenced-Based Research,” Family Tree Maker User blog, posted 29 February 2012 (http://ftmuser.blogspot.com/ : accessed 9 March 2012).
- Randy Seaver, “Puzzling Over the Evidence-Conclusion Process,” Genea-Musings blog, posted 1 March 2012.
- Ginger R. Smith, “Am I an Evidence-Based Genealogist or Conclusion-Based Genealogist?,” Genealogy by Ginger blog, posted 2 March 2012 (http://genealogybyginger.blogspot.com/ : accessed 9 March 2012).
- Randy Seaver, “Follow-Up Friday – Reader Comments on Evidence and Conclusions,” Genea-Musings blog, posted 2 March 2012.
- Pat Richley-Erickson, “Lock, stock and barrel,” DearMYRTLE blog, posted 6 March 2012 (http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/ : accessed 9 March 2012).
I would like to applaud all of the bloggers mentioned above for giving so much thought to how to apply research standards to how they use their tools. Every day more genealogists start using one of the genealogy database programs. I hope that they all come across these posts, so that they will also give this discussion some thought.
I would quibble about one word being used, though. Rather than calling oneself an Evidence-based or Conclusion-based Genealogist, it would be more accurate to call oneself an Evidence-based or Conclusion-based Software User. Using the word “genealogist” as opposed to “software user” implies that there are two separate approaches to genealogy, rather than simply two separate ways to use the software.
I also want to address a related topic, that of “evidence-based” and “conclusion-based” genealogy research. So as not to confuse the issues, this will be discussed in a separate post.
Again, to all of the bloggers who have taken part in the discussion, thank you!