Rules of Evidence


1.   All documents must show their source.  Bible records must include copy of title page showing date of publication.  Newspaper clipping must be identified by name of newspaper and date of clipping.

2.   Primary evidence, (census record, newspaper clippings, letters, Bible, other records) must be of same time period of facts.

3.   Oral, written or published family traditions are not accepted as they are often incorrest.

4.   Tax lists through 1850 may be used as proof of year of settlement.

5.   Printed or manuscript genealogies, genealogical records or other compilations are not proof unless they are well documented and proved within themselves, or backed by other acceptable proof.

6.   Lineage papers from other patriotic or hereditary societies are not considered proof unless the copies of the documents show proof of descent from one generation to another.

7.   Primary or collateral evidence from vital statistics, courthouse or other governmental records, church and school records are usually considered to be generation to another.

8.   Circumstantial evidence is not considered proof unless backed up by primary or secondary evidence.

9.   Land transactions (deeds, grants, warrants) may be used as evidence providing they are backed by other proof.

10.  Female ancestors should be proven by their maiden names.  Marriage records, church records, newspaper obituaries, family bibles, death records can be used to establish maiden names.

11.  If tombstone pitures show relationships on stones they are considered proof.

12.  All dates of birth, marriage, death need to be proven for every generation by documentation.


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