Genealogical Evidence is vital and I hope that as you continue or start searching for your Mexican Ancestors that you do document every and each person that you add to your family tree. When I started I was just a name collector. That is right a “Name Collector” that is what genealogist call people that their only focus is collecting names. That was several years ago, and my family tree used to have close to 20,000 names.
My information would come from books, internet, and other peoples family trees. I was Ok with this and if you are a name collector that is fine with me but if anyone asks you to prove why you claim an ancestor to be yours how will you prove it.
This happened to me. I was asked about a particular ancestor and could not prove that he was my ancestor. Up until that point I had no citations as to even mention where I had gotten my information from. It was that day that I decided to restart my family tree and not add anyone to my tree without a citation or original document. I started with my self and then worked my way back. Nowadays I can trace many of my ancestors back to the 1500’s and provide copies of original documents to prove my ancestry.
If at this point you are not citing your sources and or trying to obtain documents I highly recommend that you start doing it. Your research will take new life. You will also find more information about your ancestors than just dates and places.
To help you learn a bit more I recently found a PDF document made from a slideshow that Rosalinda M. Ruiz prepared about Genealogical Evidence. She does a great job of explaining it.
The front page of “Genealogical Evidence”:
View or Download PDF Document on Genealogical Evidence:
Don’t be scared about citing your information, you will be thankful later when you revisit a particular ancestor and you are able to retrace your steps as to why you decided to add them to your tree.
Here are some resources for citing:
Even if you do not use the above-mentioned formats just make sure to include. The name of the author, name of book or website, internet address, and or anything that will help readers or your descendants locate the source where you obtained your information.
Any questions about citing let me know in the comments below.