Thursday, August 15, 2013




Yes, it is the GPS again.  I talk about this a lot because it really is the best way to do research.  If you adhere to a systematic and methodical approach you won’t miss things.  If you are still unfamiliar with the GPS, you can go back and read some of the other blog posts I have written. 

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

If you are using focused research questions and a research calendar, sticking to the GPS isn’t that difficult.  The hardest part for most people is writing up your findings.  Once you get into the habit of writing everything up it does get easier.  Most of your proofs will be proof statements or summaries and not full blown proof arguments.  Proof arguments are used when you are proving an indirect evidence case or resolving conflicting evidence.  Your research will be much more credible if you take the time to use the GPS.

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