Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events

Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events

by Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

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Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events


Information hidden below the surface or totally absent helps researchers reconstruct events, identities, and relationships that no record specifies. Such hidden information is indirect or negative evidence. This session discusses the qualities of both kinds of evidence, which are easily misunderstood. It also describes uses of indirect and negative evidence, and it gives examples of applying  those uses to solving genealogical problems.
 
Presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

 
 

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Presenter: Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

Tom Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. He has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994. A professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom teaches genealogical research methods at week-long genealogy institutes. He speaks at national, regional, and local seminars in the United States and internationally, and he writes frequently on genealogical evidence, proof, and problem solving.

Tom Jones, PhD, CG, CGL