A TV detective, I don't remember which one, was noted for saying, "Just the facts..." With the proliferation of genealogy sites on the internet and very misleading advertising that suggest that all you have to do is enter a name and a search engine will put it all together for you in any format your want, Ancestry.com and other similar sites are saturated with user submitted research, much of which is undocumented and sorely lacking in accuracy. Without verifiable documentation, genealogy research results are often little more than a hodgepodge of wishful thinking, family folklore (often interesting, but just as often disconected from reality), skipped generations, families merged due to name and place similarity, etc., etc., etc. Most of these problems with user submitted research results could be eleminated with close attention to documentation. These same problems often appear in printed genealogies, as well. The information one finds in GENEALOGICAL STANDARDS OF EVIDENCE will not make your brick walls vanish or magically find your missing ancestor, though it might help. Rather, the book explains the standards of evidence that, when met, will help the researcher eleminate wishful thinking, family folklore, skipped generations, merged families, and the like. Researching and preserving our family histories/genealogies is an honorable endeavor. We owe it to those who came before us and those who will follow us to do it right. When used properly GENEALOGICAL STANDARDS OF EVIDENCE is one of the best tools on the market for helping amateurs and professionals do genealogy right.