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It is useful to make the following distinctions between sources:
 
It is useful to make the following distinctions between sources:
#Primary source: firsthand evidence of history, made at the time of the [[Events_in_GRAMPS|event]]. For example, diaries, certificates, newspapers, ...
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#Primary source: firsthand evidence of history, made at the time of the [[Events_in_Gramps|event]]. For example, diaries, certificates, newspapers, ...
 
#Secondary source: accounts of history based upon primary and secondary sources, offering commentary and analysis, such as history books, genealogical publications,...
 
#Secondary source: accounts of history based upon primary and secondary sources, offering commentary and analysis, such as history books, genealogical publications,...
 
#Tertiary source: a selection and compilation from primary and secondary sources. For example, library catalogues, bibliographies, ...
 
#Tertiary source: a selection and compilation from primary and secondary sources. For example, library catalogues, bibliographies, ...
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=== Military ===
 
=== Military ===
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* Enlistment lists
 
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* [[Draft lottery|Draft lottery documents]]
 
* [[Draft lottery|Draft lottery documents]]
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* Medals
 
* Medals
 
* MIA - Missing in Action
 
* MIA - Missing in Action
 
* Deserters
 
* Deserters
 
* Pension applications
 
* Pension applications
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=== Personal Documents ===
 
=== Personal Documents ===
 
* Diaries
 
* Diaries
 
* Correspondence
 
* Correspondence
 
* Household bills
 
* Household bills
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== Other Possible Sources ==
 
== Other Possible Sources ==
 
* Bibles
 
* Bibles
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* Genealogical society records
 
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* Oral recordings
 
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[[Category:Sources]]
 
[[Category:Sources]]

Latest revision as of 14:42, 21 January 2013

Sources play a key role in genealogy.

Definition

A source is anything (personal testimony, video recording, photograph, newspaper column, gravestone...) from which (genealogical) information can be derived.

It is useful to make the following distinctions between sources:

  1. Primary source: firsthand evidence of history, made at the time of the event. For example, diaries, certificates, newspapers, ...
  2. Secondary source: accounts of history based upon primary and secondary sources, offering commentary and analysis, such as history books, genealogical publications,...
  3. Tertiary source: a selection and compilation from primary and secondary sources. For example, library catalogues, bibliographies, ...

Most important genealogical sources

Official documents

Religious documents

Legal documents

  • Court cases
  • Notary documents
  • Probate records

Migration

  • Passenger lists
  • Record of landing

Residences

  • Census records
  • Property documents
  • Phone books
  • City directories

Final resting places

  • Cemetery list of interments
  • War graves

Military

Personal Documents

  • Diaries
  • Correspondence
  • Household bills

Other Possible Sources

  • Bibles
  • Stories
  • Publications
  • Photos
  • Employment information
  • Medical records
  • DNA
  • Voter registration records
  • Genealogical society records
  • Oral recordings