Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG
Oct 19, 2018
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
3m 58s
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Purpose
1m 12s
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Research
34s
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Reasoning
4m 09s
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Basic Evidence Paradigm
9m 25s
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Indirect Evidence
10m 47s
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Negative Evidence
13m 35s
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Changing Evidence
8m 49s
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Summary
2m 38s
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Questions/answers
4m 31s

About this webinar

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.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Tom Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly in 2003 through 2018, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof
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