Our Methodology

We recognize that our task as family historians is to render the most accurate story we can. It is difficult to sort through beloved stories and traditions that have been passed down through generations. However, our goal is to tell our family story as best as we can with the given evidence available to us. Below is our methodology for evaluating the various pieces of evidence that we encounter.

  • Our Methodology

    Historical accuracy is paramount for the repository. Therefore, in order for an accurate story to be told we focused on 3 tiers for the basis of our historical methodology.

  • Historical Evidence

    Historical evidence is dictated by legitimate documentation pertaining to the person or event in question. We have attempted to properly cite all sources where factual propositions indicate its necessity.

  • Anecdotal Evidence

    Anecdotal evidence was used when the information could be verified by at least one other account of anecdotal evidence, or when the information is not disputed.

  • Speculative

    Speculative evidence is the weakest form of evidence. It was only used to fill in historical gaps and was largely based upon inference from historical evidence. In these cases, we attempted to properly differentiate from other forms of evidence so as to prevent any confusion.