Do you own a copy of The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual? It was created by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and published by Ancestry in 2000. Get a copy and read it through. It is very thought provoking for me. And inspiring. For example, the other day I was reading through item 28 on page 11.
“Previous assumptions (presumptions) brought to the correlation, often unconsciously, are recognized, including…”
What follows is a discussion of fundamental presumptions, valid presumptions, and unsound presumptions.
By the time I finished reading the entries my mind was afire with GUILT. And I confess, a certain amount of delight at the prospect of revisiting three or four of my early research “achievements” and unpacking those assumptions I made unconsciously, then redoing the research.
I was inspired to outline an idea for a lecture, using my early blundering for case studies, and I can see two or three articles coming from this new research. Oh Happy Day! More work.
Take a look. This is an important reference tool on my bookshelf.
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