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The American-French Genealogical Society Endorses the Genealogical Standards and Guide Lines from "The National Genealogical Society".

The following Genealogical Standards and Guide Lines are from the
The National Genealogical Society
These Genealogical Standards and Guidelines are recommended by the National Genealogical Society for the benefit of those who wish to improve their skills and performance in genealogical pursuits. NGS is neither an accrediting nor an enforcement agency and does not determine whether its recommendations are being followed in any particular case. These recommendations serve their purpose when an individual decides that the Standards and Guideline have been applied appropriately in a matter of personal interest. 
Genealogical Standards
Standards For Sound Genealogical Research
Recommended by the National Genealogical Society
Remembering always that they are engaged in a quest for truth, family history researchers consistently—
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record the source for each item of information they collect.
test every hypothesis or theory against credible evidence, and reject those that are not supported by the evidence.
seek original records, or reproduced images of them when there is reasonable assurance they have not been altered, as the basis for their research conclusions.
use compilations, communications and published works, whether paper or electronic, primarily for their value as guides to locating the original records, or as contributions to the critical analysis of the evidence discussed in them.
state something as a fact only when it is supported by convincing evidence, and identify the evidence when communicating the fact to others.
limit with words like "probable" or "possible" any statement that is based on less than convincing evidence, and state the reasons for concluding that it is probable or possible.
avoid misleading other researchers by either intentionally or carelessly distributing or publishing inaccurate information.
state carefully and honestly the results of their own research, and acknowledge all use of other researchers’ work.
recognize the collegial nature of genealogical research by making their work available to others through publication, or by placing copies in appropriate libraries or repositories, and by welcoming critical comment.
consider with open minds new evidence or the comments of others on their work and the conclusions they have reached.
PDF Version ~ Standards for Sound Genealogical Research
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