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Sources play a key role in [[genealogy]].
  
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==Definition==
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A source is a text (sometimes oral presentation, audio recording, video recording) from which (genealogical) information is derived.
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Scientifically, one will make 3 distinctions:
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#Primary source : text which is a firsthand written evidence of history, made at the time of the [[event]] by someone who has seen it happen. Eg: diaries, certificates, newspapers, ...
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#Secondary source : Written accounts of history based upon the evidence from primary sources and other secondary sources, offering commentary and analysis. Eg: history books, genealogical publications,...
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#Tertiary source : selection and compilation of primary and secondary sources. Eg: library catalogue, bibliographies, ...
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== Most important genealogical sources ==
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=== Official documents ===
 
* Birth certificates
 
* Birth certificates
 
* Still births
 
* Still births
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* Official name changes
 
* Official name changes
  
'''Migration'''
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=== Religious documents ===
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* Baptize records
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* Marriage records
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* Burial records
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=== Legal documents ===
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* Court cases
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* Notary documents
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=== Migration ===
  
 
* Passenger lists
 
* Passenger lists
 
* Record of landing
 
* Record of landing
  
'''Residences'''
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=== Residences ===
 
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* Census records
 
* Census records
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* Property documents
 
* Phone books
 
* Phone books
  
'''Final resting places'''
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=== Final resting places ===
 
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* Cemetery list of interments
 
* Cemetery list of interments
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* War graves
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=== Military ===
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* Enlistment lists
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* Draft lottery documents
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* Medals
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* MIA - Missing in Action
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* Deserters
  
'''Other'''
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=== Personal Documents ===
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* Diaries
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* Correspondence
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* Household bills
  
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== Other Possible Sources ==
 
* Bibles
 
* Bibles
 
* Stories
 
* Stories
 
* Publications
 
* Publications
 
* Photos
 
* Photos
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* Employment information
 
* Medical records
 
* Medical records
 
* DNA
 
* DNA

Revision as of 03:59, 15 March 2007

Sources play a key role in genealogy.

Definition

A source is a text (sometimes oral presentation, audio recording, video recording) from which (genealogical) information is derived.

Scientifically, one will make 3 distinctions:

  1. Primary source : text which is a firsthand written evidence of history, made at the time of the event by someone who has seen it happen. Eg: diaries, certificates, newspapers, ...
  2. Secondary source : Written accounts of history based upon the evidence from primary sources and other secondary sources, offering commentary and analysis. Eg: history books, genealogical publications,...
  3. Tertiary source : selection and compilation of primary and secondary sources. Eg: library catalogue, bibliographies, ...

Most important genealogical sources

Official documents

  • Birth certificates
  • Still births
  • Marriage certificates
  • Divorces
  • Death certificates
  • Official name changes

Religious documents

  • Baptize records
  • Marriage records
  • Burial records

Legal documents

  • Court cases
  • Notary documents

Migration

  • Passenger lists
  • Record of landing

Residences

  • Census records
  • Property documents
  • Phone books

Final resting places

  • Cemetery list of interments
  • War graves

Military

  • Enlistment lists
  • Draft lottery documents
  • Medals
  • MIA - Missing in Action
  • Deserters

Personal Documents

  • Diaries
  • Correspondence
  • Household bills

Other Possible Sources

  • Bibles
  • Stories
  • Publications
  • Photos
  • Employment information
  • Medical records
  • DNA