1. What is genealogy?
In Dr. Jones own words, it is a research field concerned primarily with accurately reconstructing forgotten or unknown identities and familial relationship in the past and present.
In my own words, it involves all of the family history involved in genealogical research. Some may only want to do a straight-line pedigree, but I feel that it encompasses more than that, for most of our ancestors were not only children. They came from families, they had siblings, many had extended family living with them or near them, and many suffered tragedies.
And, most importantly, it involves being able to source the information that is found. If it is not properly cited, it is legend.
2. What are the GPS's five elements?
- Thorough searches in sources that might help reliably answer a research question.
- Informative citations to the sources of every information item contributing to the research question's answer.
- Analysis and comparison of the related sources.
- Resolution of any conflicts between evidence and the proposed answer to the research question.
- A written statement, list or narrative supporting the answer.