As I was sitting in science waiting for the bell to ring I thought that genealogy is not so different from the scientific method. For me religion is also involved, I am not saying genealogy is purely scientific. But think about it. Here are the steps to it along with example of how you might use it.
Ask a question: Who is Mary Jane's spouse?
Do background research: Check different sources
Construct a Hypothesis: My Heritage says he is Robert James but Ancestry says it is James Jones
Test your hypothesis by doing at experiment: Genealogy is not about experimenting but finding
evidence to back it up so I changed this one to, Test you hypothesis by gathering evidence:James and Mary have the same kids and Family Search has James listed as Mary's spouse.
Analyze data and get a conclusion: James must be Mary's Spouse
Communicate your results: Add James to your family tree
The Scientific method is the method that most people use while researching, except they have a PURPOSE not a QUESTION.
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