GEDCOM is an acronym for "GEnealogical Data COMmunications." The GEDCOM standard is a data format used to record genealogical information.During the process of creating your Legacy Product, Not Forgotten will give you the opportunity to enter certain genealogical information about your family into the primary Not Forgotten Website. Entering this information is optional, but doing so will greatly improve the chances that people looking for information about you will be able to connect with your video 50, 150, or even 300 years from now. Your GEDCOM file will contain a link to your Legacy Product URL as well as the physical location of your Legacy Product in the Long-Term Storage Vault. If you elect to enter your genealogical information, Not Forgotten will generate and supply you with your GEDCOM file and its unique identifier which links information about your family tree to the virtual and physical locations of your Video. Customers who have already established a GEDCOM file through a service such as ancestry.com, myHeritage, etc can add the source data containing the Legacy Product URL to that file.
International Standard Identifier for Libraries (ISIL): A unique identifier issued by the ISIL Agency to create an identifier to enable unique identification of a library or related institution. An ISIL is made up by two components: a prefix and a library identifier, in that order, separated by a mandatory hyphen. An OCLC symbol can be rendered as ISIL by the addition of the prefix “OCLC” or “O” for technical encoding in cases such as RFID tags. Examples: CA-QMCB, OCLC-ABCDE When setting up your source the publisher and repository is:ISIL OCLC-IEFDPWorldcat registry : 263566Series / collection:Time capsule registry Collection Identifier : p21072coll2
What is a Source?A source, in a nutshell, is a document, index, book, person, or other material from which you find information related to a fact or event in your family tree. Reliable sources are a critical element in family history research because they help you prove that the information you are compiling is accurate. When you run into conflicting information, it is much easier to decide which source is more reliable if you know where your information came from. Additionally, others may want to verify that the assertions you make about people in your tree are correct—they use the source information you provide to assess the validity of what you say about your ancestors. In order for others to retrace your steps to find the same information you found, you should create a source citation, the actual reference information about the source."Reliable sources are a critical element in family history research…"
How does sourcing work in computerized genealogy programs?A source citation is a reference to information or evidence about a fact or event in your tree. It should help other researchers retrace your steps to find the same information you found.Complete source citations describe the specific source you used, where it was found, and what information it provided. Here's an example of a complete source citation to a 1930 census image on Ancestry.com, formatted as a reference note:Example:1930 U.S. census, Gooding County, Idaho, population schedule, Wendell precinct, p. 247 (stamped), enumeration district (ED) 24-8, sheet 5A, dwelling 85, family 85, John Smith; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 April 2010), entry for John Smith; citing National Archives microfilm publication T626, Roll 399.Computerized genealogy programs often split source information into three parts (the source, citation, and repository) to make it possible to select often-used sources from a list rather than re-type them each time you would like to cite them. Together, these three components provide the source information needed to document your findings:- Source: the document, index, book, person, or other material (including its corresponding publication information) where you found information about a fact or event.Example:1930 U.S. census, Gooding County, Idaho, population schedule, Wendell precinct, p. 247 (stamped), enumeration district (ED) 24-8, sheet 5A, dwelling 85, family 85, John Smith; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 April 2010), entry for John Smith; citing National Archives microfilm publication T626, Roll 399.
- Citation: the specific details of the information you found in a particular source. This may include the specific volume, section, or page number where you found the information, the date you found it, and any details about the information itself. Example: Year: 1930; Census Place: Idaho, Gooding County, Wendell Precinct; NARA publication: T626; Roll: 399; Sheet: 7A; Enumeration District: 24-8; Digital Image: 1062.0.- Repository: the library or other location where the source was found, such as the Family History Library.Example: New York Public Library or Ancestry.com, etc. In our case this is a library:
Are some sources better than others?Not all sources are created equal. There are two types of sources: original or derivative. As a rule, original sources are considered more reliable than derivative sources, although exceptions do exist.Original source: the original document or recording related to the event in question or a legible and legitimate image of that original document viewed via the Internet, CD-ROM, or microfilm/microfiche.◦ Example: An original will written by your ancestor's own hand or signed by your ancestor.Derivative source: a copy, compilation, or other derivation from an original source—may not retain the same value as the original because errors can be introduced when a source is copied. In addition, sources created long after the events they describe may be less reliable than those created close to the time of the original event.◦ Example: The court clerk's transcribed copy of your ancestor's will or a published abstract of the will are copies of an original document, and are derivative sources.The information provided by a source can be classified as either primary or secondary information. Primary information is typically more reliable than secondary information.Primary information: information provided from first-hand knowledge of the person who reported or recorded the event.◦ Example: A death certificate could provide primary information about the decedent's death if it was created at the time of the death, and was reported by a person who had first-hand knowledge.Secondary information: information that was not provided by someone with first-hand knowledge. A birth certificate provides a date or birth for your grandfather.◦ Example: A death certificate would usually provide secondary information about the decedent's birth, unless the informant was a parent or someone else present at the birth.We gather information from sources, and we use this information to compile evidence. Evidence can be classified as either direct or indirect.Direct evidence: the information is relevant and directly answers the question.◦ Example: A birth certificate provides a date of birth for your grandfather.Indirect evidence: the information is relevant, but implies an answer to the question—may need additional supporting evidence to form a conclusion.◦ Example: A birth certificate could provide the date of birth for your grandfather and the full names of his parents, but the parents may not have named the baby at that point, so the certificate could read "Baby Boy Jones." You may also have a dated marriage license application, from the same county, in which your grandfather tells his age, his birth location, and that his parents have the same names as those on the birth certificate. Neither document gives you direct evidence that your grandfather was born on a certain day or direct evidence of his mother's maiden name. However, taking the two together, you have indirect evidence for your grandfather birth date and his mother's maiden name.We analyze the evidence to draw a conclusion. The better the sources and information, the stronger the evidence, which leads to a reliable conclusion.