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Principles of Genealogical Research


At Wharfedale Research we follow the standards and good practice considered by the Society of Genealogists* to be essential in the conduct of genealogical research.

  • Accuracy and honesty of all personal research and of work published, promoted or distributed to others.

  • Provision of clear evidence from primary sources to support all conclusions and statements of fact.

  • Use of original sources and records (or surrogate images of originals) to gather key information.

  • Citation and recording of sources used so that others may also evaluate the evidence.

  • Logical and reasoned development of family links with each step proved from valid evidence before further deductions are made.

  • Investigation and analysis of all possible solutions and of contradictory evidence with each alternative hypothesis examined and tested.

  • Qualification of less certain conclusions as probable or possible so that others are not misled.

  • Acceptance of the possibility that a solution may not be found and acknowledgement of circumstances in which this occurs.

  • Awareness of gaps in the availability of and information from sources at all levels.

  • Receptiveness to new information and to informed comment which may challenge earlier conclusions.

  • Acknowledgement and attribution of research done by others and use of such work as a secondary source only.

  • Evidence only becomes proof through a reasoned and logical analysis and argument capable of convincing others that the conclusion is valid.

* Following these standards and good practices is not intended to imply that this site is endorsed by the Society

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