1.Birth and Death certificates
2.Marriage and divorce documents
3.Federal and/or state census
4.Other Government documents such as court rulings, land grants, etc.
6.Supporting news articles (ex. birth announcements, wedding announcements, obituaries, etc.)
7.Consensus from other family trees
Now I had to determine if my DNA matches fit into the tree.
1. Relative must be a DNA match.
2. The shared DNA (centiMorgan or cM) for a specific relationship range (1st cousin, 2nd cousin, etc.) must match with family tree evidence.
4. The DNA match should not be DNA matched to other family groups.
If similar results with same DNA match are observed across multiple services the better.