Genealogy Rules

From Genealogy’s Star / by James Tanner

Many thanks to genealogysstar.blogspot.com

Go to the great blog for a deeper explanation of these rules.

  • Rule One: When the baby was born, the mother was there.
  • Rule Two: Absence of an obituary or death record does not mean the person is still alive.
  • Rule Three: Every person who ever lived has a unique birth order and a unique set of biological parents.
  • Rule Four: There are always more records.
  • Rule Five: You cannot get blood out of a turnip.
  • Rule Six: Records move.
  • Rule Seven: Water and genealogical information flow downhill
  • Rule Eight: Everything in genealogy is connected (butterfly)
  • Rule Nine: There are patterns everywhere
  • Rule Ten: Read the fine print
  • Rule Eleven: Even a perfect fit can be wrong
  • Rule Twelve: The end is always there
  • Rule Thirteen: Genealogists abhor a blank field

” You’re entitled to your own opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own facts.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan


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