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The Myth of Ellis Island, Part 4

Genealogy Proof Standard Study Group Homework Chapter Three — Evaluating Records Reference: Christine Rose, Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case 4th Edition Revised, (San Jose, California: CR Publications) 2014. Here I begin to assemble and evaluate additional records as I try to answer my research question and not get “hung-up.” In Chapter Three of our reference text, the author, Christine Ross likens the set of records we family historians collect about an ancestor to the contents of the kitchen “junk drawer,” and recommends that we “periodically...turn it all out and try to sort and identify each item.” [End Note #1] So, what items (or records) do I have for my 2nd great gra

The Myth of Ellis Island, Part 3

Genealogy Proof Standard Study Group Homework Chapter Two—Building a Solid Case Reference: Christine Rose, Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case 4th Edition Revised, (San Jose, California: CR Publications) 2014. Here I discover that I am unable to answer my research question with direct evidence. In Chapter Two of our reference text, the author, Christine Rose, infers that the most straight-forwarded way to answer a research question is to apply data from an original source that supplies primary information and answers the question directly. She says, “Though we must be sure that a broad array of records were examined to assure there are no conflicts…there is nothing further we

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