- Standards for Sound Genealogical Research (PDF 5.81KB)
- Guidelines for Using Records Repositories and Libraries (PDF 6.19KB)
- Standards for Use of Technology in Genealogical Research (PDF 6.04KB)
- Standards for Sharing Information with Others (PDF 6.03KB)
- Guidelines for Publishing Web Pages on the Internet (PDF 6.44KB)
- Guidelines for Genealogical Self-Improvement and Growth (PDF 6.10KB)
Here is the reasoning. Genealogical records are most frequently stored in the area or jurisdiction where the event occurred. A common cause of inability to find records is looking in the wrong jurisdiction. If you were to assume that birth records for my Grandfather were located in Navajo county, you would possibly be wrong. I don't go very long without hearing a story about someone who spent a great deal of time looking in the wrong place. With today's online and program resources, there is really not much of an excuse for not knowing any county's historical boundaries. You might also try a program like Animap, now in version 3.0.2.
There are any number of other such issues, such as recording alternate spellings, dates and locations and of course, the number one Standard, "record the source for each item of information they collect."