"The ability to correctly interpret source material from all types of records is the feature which discloses the difference between the rank amateur and the competent genealogist."
--Noel C. Stevenson, Genealogical Evidence, p. 146.
"Now I'm only sour cherry on your fruit stand, right? Am I the only sour cherry on the fruit stand?"
-- The Kills, "Sour Cherry," Midnight Boom.
A classic and essential for the genealogical library is Noel C. Stevenson's Genealogical Evidence: A Guide to the Standard of Proof relating to Pedigrees, Ancestry, Heirship and Family History. Right from the beginning he gets into the dirty deets: illegitimacy. The history of illegitimacy, maternity, paternity and "biological pedigree" are discussed. Biological pedigree itself, should have a book written on it. Chapter two focuses on identity considerations (a great case study on this is Joseph C. Anderson's "Eleven Thomas Abbotts of Berwick, Maine, and Vicinity," in The American Society of Genealogists 75th Anniversary Volume). The chapter on published sources is excellent and is a insightful foreground for authored source evaluation. "Part IV: Simplified Rules of Evidence" dives deeper into biological pedigree and evidence. All in all, reading this provides the genealogist with a early glimpse of standards being published and the processes from 1979 to 1989. Studying the history and metamorphosis of published standards is a must in the field.
Midnight Boom is one of the best albums by The Kills and the lyrics are pondering too. Have fun with it.
Noel C. Stevenson, Genealogical Evidence.
The Kills, Midnight Boom.