Bases de généalogie

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Quelques recommandations concernant la pratique de la généalogie:

  • Obtenez une source. Qu'importe l'information que vous obtenez certains jours, elle sera toujours bonne si elle provient d'une sources. Prenez du temps pour découvrir et écrire tous les détails.
  • Allez de ce que vous savez vers ce que vous cherchez. Enregistrez tout ce qui est connu avant de faire des hypothèses. Les faits peuvent vous suggérer la direction à prendre pour continuer les recherches. Ne regardez pas des miliers d'enregistrements dans l'espoir de trouver quelque chose lorsque vous n'avez pas exploré toutes les autres options.
  • Soyez descriptif. Ne vous limitez pas aux enregistrements des noms, les dates et lieux. La généalogie n'est pas seulement l'étude et l'analyse de ce qui s'est passé, mais pourquoi c'est arrivé et comment les descendants ont été modelés par ces événements. De plus, c'est un séduisant récit qui va intéressé votre famille.
  • Soyez fidèle dans la mesure du possible.Ne faites pas d'hypothèses quand vous enregistrez les informations principales. Écrivez exactement ce que vous voyez, and then use bracketed comments to indicate your insertions, deletions or side comments. Use of the Latin "[sic]" is standard to confirm the accurate transcription of an apparent error. You may find afterwards that what you thought was an abbreviation or misspelling was actually a handwriting variation common to the period or a distinction in two facts with similar spellings.
  • N'oubliez personne. Record all the individuals you find at an event. Families often lived, worked, and worshipped together, so the relatives of an individual can show up at events of siblings, neighbors, and local churches.
  • Planifiez vos efforts. Knowing what you are looking to accomplish saves valuable time. Special trips to see original documents, burial places, libraries, or to interview individuals can not be repeated. Make sure you get everything you come for and record as much as you can while you have the chance. It is unfortunate to return from a trip to find that you omitted an obvious piece of information that passed right under your nose.
  • Interprétez calmement. Sometimes re-interpretation of a group of seemingly unconnected pieces of information suddenly reveal a colorful period in the line you never expected. Abrupt changes in a family, such as what happens at a move, immigration, a marriage, death, or birth can point the direction for more research.
  • Des enregistrements de qualité. Include your theories or questions about information as you write it. There's nothing wrong with others understanding that you might not be comfortable in the accuracy of a certain fact or hypothesis. It can help others to understand your perspective and bring further information to bear as they try to make sense of questions or research in the same area. Be sure to use brackets or other notation technique to clearly distinguish your comments from those of the source.
  • Respectez la vie privée des vivants. Genealogy is not intended to invade people's privacy by revealing their current health conditions, their social security numbers, and other still-hidden secrets. Be sensitive when writing about issues that some family members might not be comfortable discussing.
  • Sauvegardez vos informations électroniques régulièrement. If you spend countless hours entering information into a genealogy program, take the extra five minutes every now and then to back up the files on a CD. Lable the disc with a description and date using a CD marker (not just any permanent marker!) and store it in a dark, cool and dry place.
  • Prenez beaucoup d'images. Use photographs to remember details you don't have time to write down. Pictures of a cemetery stone can be useful, but you may also want a picture of the church that sits in front, a view from the road leading up to the site, views looking toward the stone from various positions, stones adjacent and otherwise interesting, a general overview of the place, even those who accompanied you on the visit. Later, these may help you find it and other areas for more research or simply remind you and others of the experience of that day.