[This is Part 5 of my "Getting Started" Blog Series. The previous parts can be found as follows: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]Why You Should Prove "You"
My sister used to have this framed poster of an exasperated mother hen surrounded by all her little chicks. And the caption read, "Because I'm the Mommy. That's Why!" I always thought that was funny, but now, as a mother, I get it. When my kids were younger, I would explain the "why" about everything. "You need to do this because..." kinda thing. But now, as they get older, I have resulted to the "Because I said so. That's why" refrain because [O.K., so the "because thing" is a habit] I feel it's time for them to figure out the "why" for themselves. I think doing it this way has made them very curious and also very aware of the fact that they should be asking, "Why?" All the time. Constantly. Non-stop. [Just don't ask me, "Why?" all the time.]
So, what does this have to do with proof & genealogy? Especially proof of you, or anyone else for that matter? Well, there are many reasons why you need to prove you, everyone, and everything in genealogy.
It's academic. I know. You didn't really want to hear the "A" word, but genealogy involves studying [albeit interesting studying]. And proving [citing your sources] is a fundamental, accepted, and expected part of genealogy. It's part of its foundation. It's part of the rules. [Yes, I said the "R" word, too.] But the following is the "why".
Yeah, make them work for the quilt.
But really? Why site your sources? Why prove yourself?
Because I'm the genealogist. That's why.
Next: Part 6 is here.