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From: "Misty Bogle" <>
Subject: RE: [GENBOX] Citation Wish
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 19:38:01 -0500
In-Reply-To: <025701c3ea12$71133160$6401a8c0@BILLXP>

Hi, Bill.

Well.....not exactly "low credibility" - that I'd just handle in the surety
level. The problem is that I may not know yet, and "undecided", being the
program default, can mislead me into thinking I just haven't gotten around
to assigning a surety level yet.

An example of this is when I'm working with a compiled source (i.e., a
cemetery transcript), and I've noticed with other family lines in the same
county that this particular cemetery transcript is fairly laden with known
errors. If I use that same transcript as a source for a new death date, and
it's the only source I have so far, then this source is a bit more "suspect"
than usual -- because I know I've had previous problems with that
transcript. But it MAY be perfectly correct -- I just won't know until I
get a confirming source.

Another example is when a census image is very hard to read -- it would be
nice to be able to flag these with a simple "Typo?" note, until I get a
confirming source that proves or disproves what I *think* it says.

Just my two cents' worth. Thanks for considering the topic!!

-- MLB

-----Original Message-----
From: William T. Flight [mailto:]
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 11:59 PM
Subject: RE: [GENBOX] Citation Wish

Hi Misty,

By "suspect", do you mean "of low credibility"?

This would suggest that we should broaden the purpose of the extra field
beyond "justification" or "relevant fact", so that personal thoughts as to
the credibility of the source as well as its relevancy to the assertion
might be stored there.

I think in many cases, the analysis of the credibility of a source
rightfully belongs in the annotation, so that the discussion will be
included on reports for the next researcher. But if you are collecting
sources in support of an assertion and haven't yet decided which ones are
best, some brief note to yourself as to why you might think a source is less
credible could be very useful. Maybe it could serve as a "shorthand" for a
longer passage stored in the annotation.

This field could store your rationale for why you think this source supports
the assertion; it could also store your rationale for the low credibility
you assigned. Because the field serves as a personal reminder of your
evaluation of the source in relation to the current assertion, it can hold
any text that would be useful to you.

To encourage it to be used for a brief personal note, I agree it should
appear as an additional column on the Assertion Page.

-- Bill

William T. Flight
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed, Misty & David Bogle" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 10:51 PM
Subject: {not a subscriber} RE: [GENBOX] Citation Wish

> Hello -- I agree that this would be a great tool. Instead of flipping
> through each of my cited sources separately to remind myself of my
> for why I determined one source to be "suspect" vs. another, it would be
> great to have that information "at a glance" on the Assertion tab (just as
> an extra column, which could be shrunk to a width of zero if someone
> want to use it).
> While I'd like to be able to say that my surety levels never change once
> I've set them, the addition of new sources to an event always makes me
> reevaluate the quality of my previous sources, and my opinions ARE subject
> to change on occasion. <g>
> -- Misty


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