As you’re finding your family’s facts, keep in mind this saying among professional genealogists.
There is no truth without proof.
I know that statement could be debated on several levels but I want us to keep in mind its main point. People who read your genealogy, your family history records, should be able to go to the same sources you went to and find the same set of facts.
Here’s how the Board for Certification of Genealogists puts it. Don’t let it scare you.
a reasonably exhaustive search;
complete and accurate source citations;
analysis and correlation of the collected information;
resolution of any conflicting evidence; and
a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion.
Here’s my simple explanation for beginning genealogist/family historians. When you find facts about your family, record with those facts the where, how and when your found them. Always “leave the bread crumbs” for those who come after you. Doing this and how to do it is an on going discussion on this blog. Some of you may wish to use the comments section to share how you do it.