You're hooked on genealogy but now you're asking yourself...

  • How do I know this information is correct?
  • Should I use this source in my research?
  • I've found conflicting information, how do I know which source to trust?

The Brick Wall Solution Source Evaluation Workbook can help! Keep scrolling to learn more.

YES! I want to learn to evaluate my sources.

You're hooked on genealogy but now you're asking yourself...

  • How do I know this information is correct?
  • Should I use this source in my research?
  • I've found conflicting information, how do I know which source to trust?

The Brick Wall Solution Source Evaluation Workbook can help! Keep scrolling to learn more.

Sources are our building material in genealogy.

So are you building your family history with straw, sticks, or bricks?

Can you recognize which sources are straw and which are bricks? Just like building a physical structure, you can use bricks (good sources) and straw (weak sources) but you have to work with them differently.

You can't just build your family history from bricks (the "best" sources). In genealogy, you're working with what you can scavage. If all you have is straw, that's all you have. You can't just keep waiting to find the perfect source or a direct answer. You have to use what you have. There's more to genealogy than just collecting sources or facts.

Maybe you're trying to build your family tree more like an underground, windowless bunker, which is overkill. Refusing to use sources you don't consider strong enough causes just as many problems as building with straw.

There are a lot of additional genealogical skills that allow you to analyze the information you have and write up a solution to your problem. This "analysis" is like creating mortar to make your sources stick together. Once again, just like building a physical structure, you have to use the right skills and combine them appropriately depending on what sources you have.

Can you imagine trying to build a house from layers of straw stuck together with mortar designed for bricks? The mortar might be strong but your structure would simply come apart at the straw layers. But you can use straw as a building material, you just can't slap it together with mortar meant for bricks.

Finding solutions in genealogy works the same way. You might not have any bricks to use. The farther back in time you research, the harder it is to find the "strongest" sources similar to what you found when you first started. The ideal sources might have been destroyed or they may never have been created. Professional genealogists are still able to find answers to tough problems and it's not because they know some magical source for the perfect source. It's because they know how to recognize bricks, sticks, or straw.

They don't just toss the straw when they find it. That might be all they have to work with. Once you can recognize the quality of sources you have available, you can decide how to work with them appropriately. But you don't need to hire a professional to identify your sources as straw, sticks, or bricks!

The first step is learning "source evaluation." This is how you'll know if a source is great (bricks), ok (sticks), or weak (straw). Remember, you don't want to toss the straw. It's critical to evaluate your sources in genealogy so you don't build on a shaky foundation (trying to stick straw together with brick mortar). Source evaluation is also critical so you have enough sources to work with, even if they aren't ideal sources.

Genealogists have to work with the sources available, regardless if they are bricks, sticks, or straw. Source evaluation is how you learn to work with whatever sources are available for your problem.

Psst, here's a little "bonus" reason to learn source evaluation. Not only will you learn to recognize how strong a source is, meaning how you should appropriately use it, source evaluation will also help you uncover clues you've been missing.

The Brick Wall Solution Source Evaluation Workbook is designed to help you get started learning AND doing source evaluation. It's not just an e-book, it's also a workbook. You'll learn the questions to ask yourself every time you find a source so you build YOUR family tree on a firm foundation.

I want the Source Evaluation Workbook!

Hi! I'm Jennifer.

I'm the author of The Occasional Genealogist blog and owner of Southern Cipher DNA & Genealogy, LLC. I've been discovering my own family history for over thirty years. For more than ten years I've been a professional genealogist. Although I love solving genealogy problems for clients, I most enjoy helping passionate hobbyist genealogists work towards busting their brick walls themselves (because you love uncovering the truth about your family for yourself, right?).

I created the Source Evaluation Workbook because I've heard from so many blog readers that wanted to know, "is this source correct?" You'll learn in the Workbook that this isn't a question I can quickly answer in an email. Even if I did, you'd be left with the same question about your next source.

With The Brick Wall Solution Source Evaluation Workbook, you'll learn to evaluate your own sources so you're never left asking, "is this source correct?"

Hi! I'm Jennifer.

I'm the author of The Occasional Genealogist blog and owner of Southern Cipher DNA & Genealogy, LLC. I've been discovering my own family history for over thirty years. For more than ten years I've been a professional genealogist. Although I love solving genealogy problems for clients, I most enjoy helping passionate hobbyist genealogists work towards busting their brick walls themselves (because you love uncovering the truth about your family for yourself, right?).

I created the Source Evaluation Workbook because I've heard from so many blog readers that wanted to know, "is this source correct?" You'll learn in the Workbook that this isn't a question I can quickly answer in an email. Even if I did, you'd be left with the same question about your next source.

With The Brick Wall Solution Source Evaluation Workbook, you'll learn to evaluate your own sources so you're never left asking, "is this source correct?"

Evaluating sources is how you:

  • learn to answer the popular genealogy question "is this source correct?"
  • identify clues and uncover additional sources hinted at in your sources
  • learn to appropriately use ALL the sources available for your problem
  • build a solution to a brick wall problem when no source exists that gives you a solution

Don't build your family tree on shaky ground but don't leave yourself stuck because you'll only use "good" sources (and you're out of those!). Source evaluation let's you use what you've got whether it's a great source or a poor source. (Here's a hint, "sources" aren't great or poor. The workbook covers what to do so you can use what you've got without building on shaky sources).

Every genealogist is limited by the sources that exist for their problem. Great genealogists know how to evaluate what they've found so they use it appropriately.

Yes! I want the workbook!

Evaluating sources is how you:

  • learn to answer the popular genealogy question "is this source correct?"
  • identify clues and uncover additional sources hinted at in your sources
  • learn to appropriately use ALL the sources available for your problem
  • build a solution to a brick wall problem when no source exists that gives you a solution

Don't build your family tree on shaky ground but don't leave yourself stuck because you'll only use "good" sources (and you're out of those!). Source evaluation let's you use what you've got whether it's a great source or a poor source. (Here's a hint, "sources" aren't great or poor. The workbook covers what to do so you can use what you've got without building on shaky sources).

Every genealogist is limited by the sources that exist for their problem. Great genealogists know how to evaluate what they've found so they use it appropriately.

Stop worrying if your sources are correct.

Build your research confidence with source evaluation.

The Brick Wall Solution Source Evaluation Workbook is a PDF workbook that includes:

  • How-to information (over 20 pages) aimed at beginners. Learn the basics of source evaluation, fast.
  • Two sets of practice worksheets to help guide you.
  • A one-page printable "cheat sheet" to help you remember the source evaluation criteria you've learned.
I want to learn to evaluate my sources!

This is a digital product, nothing will be mailed to you.

Due to the digital and informational nature of this product, refunds are not granted.

If you make a typo in your email, have a problem downloading the workbook, or have other access issues, email
support @ southerncipherdna. com
and we'll be happy to help you with your purchase.

Stop worrying if your sources are correct. Build your research confidence with source evaluation.

The Brick Wall Solution Source Evaluation Workbook is a PDF workbook that includes:

  • How-to information (over 20 pages) aimed at beginners. Learn the basics of source evaluation, fast.
  • Two sets of practice worksheets to help guide you.
  • A one-page printable "cheat sheet" to help you remember the source evaluation criteria you've learned.

This is a digital product, nothing will be mailed to you.

Due to the digital and informational nature of this product, refunds are not granted.

If you make a typo in your email, have a problem downloading the workbook, or have other access issues, email
support @ southerncipherdna. com
and we'll be happy to help you with your purchase.