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What is a Lineage Society?

 

A lineage society is an organization created to honor a specific heritage or event. Members of lineage societies must prove their descent  of that heritage or event through industry approved genealogical proof standards.

 

Examples of Lineage Societies include: Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and Order of Crown of Charlemagne. ( there over 200 lineage societies)

 

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Genealogical Proof Standard

 

Proof is a fundamental concept in genealogy and is required for membership in lineage societies.

 

In order to merit confidence, each conclusion about an ancestor must have sufficient credibility to be accepted as "proven." Acceptable conclusions, therefore, meet the following 5 Genealogical Proof Standard.

 

 

Standard #1

Reasonably exhaustive search

 

 

 

 

Standard #2

Complete and accurate citation of sources

 

 

 

 

 

Standard #3

Analysis and correlation of the collected information

 

 

 

Standard #4

Resolution of conflicting evidence

 

 

 

 

Standard #5

Soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion

 

 

 

 

  • Assumes examination of a wide range of high quality sources.
  • Minimizes the probability that undiscovered evidence will overturn a too-hasty conclusion.

 

 

  • Demonstrates the extent of the search and the quality of the sources.
  • Allows others to replicate the steps taken to reach the conclusion. (Inability to replicate the research casts doubt on the conclusion.)

 

 

  • Facilitates sound interpretation of the data contributed by each source.
  • Ensures that the conclusion reflects all the evidence.

 

 

  • Substantiates the conclusion's credibility. (If conflicting evidence is not resolved, a credible conclusion is not possible.)

 

 

 

  • Eliminates the possibility that the conclusion is based on bias, preconception, or inadequate appreciation of the evidence.
  • Explains how the evidence led to the conclusion.

 

Genealogy Proof Standard  Videos

Standard #1

Reasonably exhaustive search

 

Standard #2

Complete and accurate citation of sources

Standard #3

Analysis and correlation of the collected information

Standard #4

Resolution of conflicting evidence

Standard #5

Soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion