Genealogical Proof Standard
Genealogical researchers today subscribe to the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPF) to support genealogical conclusions. These standards can be simplified in five easy steps.
1. Search all relevant sources for information for each person.
- family stories, photographs, artifacts
- church and civil records
- school records, newspapers, cemetery records
- family, local, church and school histories
- military, land or probate records
- census, scrip or the records of the Department of the Interior of Indian Affairs
2. Cite each source noting what it is, where the document is located and where you found it.
It is important to cite each source you use so that you or your client is able to find it again without having to start the search from scratch. Place the citation, where possible, on the front of each document. As more digitized images are available it is important to identify where these were obtained and where the original copy is located. If the digitized image was obtained from Ancestry.ca an image number enables one to go directly to the page instead of having to search page by page. The information would enable you to check a copy of the Library and Archives Canada microfilm.
1901 Census of Canada. Ontario, Simcoe East No. 113, Sub-division Tiny N-3, Schedule 1, page 18, household 135 – Baptiste Vallée, image 55. Digital image <ancestry.ca>. RG 31, Library and Archives Canada microfilm T-6496.
Elizabeth Shown Mills has an example of a documented family group sheet and pedigree chart on pages 103 – 105 in her book Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian.