Clooz and Evidentia are two genealogy support programs. Your genealogy database program focuses on people while Clooz and Evidentia focus on your sources. The two programs each has its own personality.
Clooz has been around a long time. It was designed by Liz Kelly Kerstens, CG in the 1990s. In 2012 it was bought out by Ancestral Systems and they have since made a major update. Clooz gives you a way to catalog all of your sources. Basically, it is a filing system for your paper and electronic files. You can sort your documents in several different ways to aid in analyzing them. You can link your documents to the persons mentioned in the document though the main focus is on the document itself. One of Clooz’s nifty feature is their “composite view.” You can find all of the links between people. For example, your person of interest might be the main person on a document or he/she might be listed as a witness or in another capacity. Seeing who is on what documents with which other people might give you a clue to their relationship. Clooz also has document templates which assist you with your extraction of data. Clooz will import data directly from Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic and The Master Genealogist. It will import data indirectly via a GEDCOM from other programs. It will also export directly to Legacy Family Tree. It works very well for one name surname studies where you are gathering many documents that name people you haven’t connected yet. Clooz has excellent support via their Facebook Page, Mailing List, Rootsweb User Group, User’s Guide and Instructional Videos. You can really get to know the program before you make your purchase. The cost is $39.95. They do offer a 30 day money back guarantee.
Evidentia is a fairly new program developed by Ed Thompson that also catalogs all of your sources but its focus is on the extraction and analysis of the information contained in the documents. It is based on the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) model.* The program allows you to classify all of the information on the documents based on the GPS labels. There is also a place you put your proof argument/proof summary. One of Evidentia’s strengths is that if you aren’t sure which person the document refers to (more than one person with the same name) you can tag each person pending further analysis. You can then evaluate all of the evidence you have for a specific person and easily spot anything that is conflicting. You can also look at all of the documents that pertain to a specific event for your person of interest excluding those documents that don’t pertain to that event. One thing I particularly like is the capability of making your own citation templates. I use Legacy Family Tree as my database program but unfortunately some of their templates do not strictly conform to Elizabeth Shown Mill’s Evidence Explained. Evidentia has Evidence Explained templates but you can modify them or create your own. Evidentia offers support though its tutorial videos, step-by-step written instructions, support forum, and Facebook Page. Evidentia offers a 30 day free trial. The cost of the program is $24.99.
* For more information about the GPS, please see the below series of articles:
Step 1 – A Reasonably Exhaustive Search
Step 2 – Complete and Accurate Source Citations
Step 3 – Analysis and Correlation of the Collected Information
Step 4 – Resolution of Any Conflicting Evidence
Step 5 – A Soundly Reasoned, Coherently Written Conclusion
Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Groups
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