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