Recommended by the National Genealogical Society

Remembering always that they are engaged in the quest for truth, family history researchers consistently:

RECORD the source for each item of information they collect

TEST every hypothesis or theory against credible evidence and reject those that are not supported by the evidence

SEEK original records, or reproduced images of them when there is reasonable assurance that they have not been altered, as the basis for their research conclusions

STATE something as a fact only when it is supported by convincing evidence and identify the evidence when communicating a fact to others

LIMIT with words like “probable” or “possible” any statement that is based on less than convincing evidence and state the reasons for concluding that it is probable or possible

AVOID misleading other researchers by either intentionally or carelessly distributing or publishing inaccurate information

RECOGNIZE the collegial nature of genealogical research by making their work available to others through publication, or by placing copies in appropriate libraries or repositories, and by welcoming critical comment

CONSIDER with open minds new evidence or the comments of others on their work and the conclusions they have reached

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