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Handling theories in Genealogy Software?

I maintain a Word document (over 260 pages now) that lists all of the events (births, deaths, marriages, etc.) of my direct ancestors in chronological order. As part of that document, I include all of ...
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How do you record fuzzy facts?

If you went around to researchers and asked them this question, I suspect you'd get a different answer for each one. Here are some of your options for recording genealogical information: paper ...
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What are some of the main conventions used in Gramps?

I suggest that you start at our portal: https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=Portal:Using_Gramps There's a lot to read over there, including suggestions on how to record data in various ...
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How do you record fuzzy facts?

@JanMurphy in her answer has nicely described the usefulness of source-centric software in a case like this. However, as the most widely used software is lineage-linked, you raise an important ...
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Statistical Genealogy, or Knowing what is an extraordinary claim

I googled "statistical genealogy" - in the expectation of no hits and found this question. LitvakSIG, the Lithuanian-Jewish research group (http://www.litvaksig.org), publishes data to paid-up ...
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What tools exist for collecting and managing evidence?

It sounds like you need a way to manage your research before its confirmed enough that you want to enter it into your family tree software. Along with the other excellent software mentioned here, you ...
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Confirming parentage of Mary (1771? - 1851) wife of John James in Llanfair Nant Y Gof, Pembrokeshire, Wales?

It seems like the next step in utilizing the information from the will of John Francis in 1809 would be to locate the information related to this probate in the death duty registers which date from ...
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Using signature comparison as genealogical evidence?

Handwriting analysis is a bit of an art. As a teenager, I picked up a book about it and it was fascinating. Certain types of people always cross their t's and dot their i's. Others, like athletes, ...
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Using signature comparison as genealogical evidence?

As luck would have it, I stumbled on this discussion puzzling over the exact same signatures. I suspect the Ralphs are different, because the second Ralph is consistent in the way he signs his name. ...
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How do you record fuzzy facts?

This is actually a very interesting question, and I think there is a reasonably simple and acceptable way of handling fuzzy facts. My own genealogy adventure started many years ago with a similar ...
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Is there anything wrong with using small DNA segment matches as evidence?

Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogical_Proof_Standard) seems appropriate in cases like this. You have a relatively weak piece of evidence in the form of ...
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What tools exist for collecting and managing evidence?

I currently use Evidentia (they are version 3 now) which has a gedcom export feature. I tested creating a tree from scratch in Rootsmagic and believe it is doable however the software not meant for ...
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Is a 12 CM 1 segment match better evidence for a common ancestor if it's otherwise unlikely?

Autosomal DNA tests are very good at reliably identifying close relatives, i.e. those who are second cousins or closer. But they are not good at identifying more distant relatives where the match is ...
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Is there anything wrong with using small DNA segment matches as evidence?

I'll go out a limb here and claim that no, it generally can't be used as evidence. Diahan Southard (among others) suggests that the probabilities for a 7 cM match are about 80% IBC, 20% IBD. To use ...
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Is there anything wrong with using small DNA segment matches as evidence?

Personally I am sure that this doesn't answer the question but it seems important. Assume that the purpose of genealogy is to construct family relationships and potentially add further information ...
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Statistical Genealogy, or Knowing what is an extraordinary claim

What a fascinating question and discussion. I don't believe that dirty data is an issue here. Any applied research has to deal with effects of data quality and genealogical data doesn't appear to be ...
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Transitioning from person-based genealogy to record-based genealogy?

So far, I don't know how one makes the transition. The question is "How do you store evidence about persons, once you have reached the transition into record based genealogy,... Not to be too ...
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Confirming parentage of Mary (1771? - 1851) wife of John James in Llanfair Nant Y Gof, Pembrokeshire, Wales?

I have a death cert of my gt grandfather's brother, John Caduggan, who died at Parsonage fach/bach , llanfair nant y gof.He died on 21st June 1857, aged 25 years.. an almsman, formerly a mason... ...
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What is the difference between evidence and information?

Any source of information can be considered evidence, however, some evidence is false and some is true. Ideally we are always looking for multiple independently derived sources written by persons who ...
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