Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Evaluating a Genealogical Record

This helpful checklist appears in Librarian's Guide to Genealogical Research by James Swan on page 23 & 24. This book is available in the Indiana/Genealogy Room at Lake County Public Library under GEN 929.1072073 SWAN.

Checklist for Evaluating a Genealogical Record

  1. Did the person who created the record have personal knowledge of the event being recorded?

  2. How long after the event was it recorded?

  3. Why was the record made?

  4. Does the book or register have an index?

  5. What is the potential for error?

  6. Can you read the document?

  7. Can the information be verified?

  8. What is the possibility that the person who gave the information was lying?