Ventura County Genealogical Society
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Direct evidence speaks to the point in question. Indirect evidence gives facts from which you can come to a conclusion.
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Primary evidence is personal testimony or a record created shortly after an event by a person with personal knowledge of the facts.
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Secondary evidence is copies or compiled from other sources written from memory long after the event has occurred.
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Undocumented genealogy is mythology. Remember to document everything you find on your ancestors.
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Genealogical citation is not always uniform. Elements include name of the person who created the document, date of the records, form used (county deed book, microfilm, etc.) and where the document can be found again.
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Tax records, jury and militia records are indicators of a person's residence.