Have you heard about genealogy standards? Are they important? How can you learn more about them? Here is a website that collects educational material on genealogy standards.
A dozen years ago, the Board for Certification of Genealogy developed the The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. That book had three broad categories of standards: research, teaching, and professional development. Within the research category are separate subheadings on the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS), the collection of information, the evaluation of evidence, and genealogical writing. Teaching standards have subheadings for lecturers, teachers, and writers.
Recently the Board for Certification of Genealogy published an updated version of the standards manual. Genealogical Standards contains a set of statements about what constitutes "good" genealogical work. It does not define perfection. If you are looking for perfection, remember that it was not human beings who delineated the ten commandments in stone. Human beings, instead, work with paper, pencil, and an eraser. As individuals we strive to improve our work both through education and through experience. Our understanding of the standards comes along with us. Just as we improve our knowledge base for work, we can improve our knowledge base for quality in our genealogical practice. This website contains lists of sources through which we can develop a greater understanding of the standards and how they apply to our personal work.
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Understood in all of the discussion about standards is that we move with the greatest respect and regard for ethics. Without this regard for honesty, it would not be possible to apply standards to our work. Without integrity, we can never stand on solid ground.