The Genealogical Proof Standard In Practice

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In the field of genealogy, the conclusion to a research question is considered proven when it meets the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). The GPS consists of five interdependent elements, each of which plays a role in ensuring a conclusion is credible:

  • Reasonably exhaustive research
  • Complete and accurate source citations for each information item
  • Analysis and correlation of sources, information items, and evidence
  • Resolution of conflicts among evidence
  • A sound, coherent, written conclusion [1]
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