Genealogy Research Map

Sunday, 24 Feb 2008 | by Mark Tucker

Genealogy Research Process Map

The Genealogy Research Map (downloadable PDF – 11.4 MB) combines the concepts found in The Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the many works of Elizabeth Shown Mills into a single visualization.  It is my hope that others will find this map useful as a learning tool or reference. 

For those interested in a format for use as desktop wallpaper, follow this link.


  1. I printed chart and will laminate to go with Evidence laminated charts. I am a visual person and I can see this helping to understand the whole process. Thanks Mark!

    Comment by Gloria — 27 Feb 2008 @ 8:38 am

  2. Yesterday I printed an 11×17 copy of the Genealogy Research Map at my local Kinko’s. It turned out very nice.


    Comment by Mark Tucker — 27 Feb 2008 @ 11:23 am

  3. Mark, you did a great job. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Comment by Sharon — 27 Feb 2008 @ 11:59 am

  4. Mark,

    I really like the Genealogy Research Map, it’s worth translating into other languages!

    As stated in my e-mail to you, I’d like to do the Dutch translation, of course with full attribution/copyright, so your work (and that of BCG and Elizabeth Shown Mill) is more accessible for Dutch genealogists.

    Bob Coret

    PS. I blogged about the Genealogy Research Map on my (Dutch) weblog

    Comment by Bob Coret — 27 Feb 2008 @ 1:38 pm

  5. Very well designed chart. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Sharon — 27 Feb 2008 @ 2:05 pm

  6. This is really interesting and inovative. Bravo.

    Comment by Susanna Noe — 27 Feb 2008 @ 2:12 pm

  7. What a wonderful and useful tool you have provided for the genealogical community. Thank you!

    Sheri Fenley
    Stockton, California

    Comment by Sheri Fenley — 27 Feb 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  8. This is a great, visual resource. The chart summarizes an effective research “roadmap”. Thank you for sharing this.

    Comment by Denyce — 27 Feb 2008 @ 3:46 pm

  9. Hi Mark,

    Great visual.

    Now I have a new problem for you.

    I am working with a colleague to show the chain migration of a small population of men who became miners in MI in 1870s-1900. I am trying to develop a visual to show the intermarriage of the families in the Prussian village and the next generation in Calumet.

    I also need to design a map that shows where the families migrated in the US after their stint in Calumet. I currently have Campaign Cartographer software, Excel, Adobe Photoshop.

    I have looked at a few visual concepts:

    Venn diagrams


    MatriLine mt dna charts offered by Oxford Ancestors



    Comment by Ceil Wendt Jensen — 27 Feb 2008 @ 3:49 pm

  10. Honestly I fail to see the practical, real life benefits of this schematic. It just gives me a big headache. How about just entering family data, wherever you can find them, in a good, well developed, Genealogy Software Program.

    Comment by Anton Ammerlaan — 28 Feb 2008 @ 5:42 pm

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  12. Mark,

    This is a masterpiece! The Genealogical Proof Standard though an absolute necessity, does in fact frighten some researchers, particularly the newcomers to this endeavor of researching one’s ancestors.

    Your beautiful chart will be a much easier way to understand, and hopefully encourage compliance, that will be very valuable to all. The visual chart is very easy to understand, and one should not be hesitant one bit to take advantage of it.

    I would like your permission to Blog about it and link to your download.

    Thank you so much.

    Dick Hillenbrand
    Upstate New York Genealogy

    Comment by Dick Hillenbrand — 5 Mar 2008 @ 10:50 am

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  16. Was going over your “map” and wondered if under Resolve “Even primary info from AND..should be from AN original source can be wrong?? And one other item I can’t resolve: Under Conclude, do you really mean Resent the evidence or is it Review or Present?? I’m confused on this argument point. thank you for setting me straight. Love your map.

    Comment by kathleen porter — 11 Apr 2008 @ 2:16 pm

  17. Kathleen,

    I reviewed the files on the site and they don’t contain the 2 errors you mentioned. The correct words are AN and PRESENT. Not sure what happened. Try to download the file again and let me know what happens.



    Comment by Mark Tucker — 11 Apr 2008 @ 4:05 pm

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  21. Hi Mark,
    I was in your class at the Mesa Expo and you did a great job!!! Could you please contact me about speaking to the Arizona State Genealogical Society as part of a workshop. Thanks, Sharon

    Comment by Sharon Scott — 8 Dec 2008 @ 7:24 am

  22. “Very informative stuff – keep up the good work!

    I also wondered, which theme have you got on this site? It’s amazing and I’d love to know the name of it.”

    Comment by warhammer online gold — 26 Feb 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  23. Hi Mark,

    I’m printing a limited number of copies of my genealogy/family history “Whidden NH, NS and beyond 1662-2002 a family odyssey” in two volumes, 1,650+ pages and would like to include a copy of your genealogy research process/genealogy proof standard map in it with some of the text from your blog about it with a note by me to the effect “this book wasn’t created with this research tool but work will continue using them as best I can.” Since I note it is copyrighted, could I have permission to include the map/comments to hopefully get other Whiddon/Whidden/Whitten researchers to use this valuable tool. Will include a “used by permission” line as well.

    I’ll forward a copy of the text used for your reference.

    Current edition is Cerlox bound but hoping to get hardcover edition published.

    Cheers, Ray Whidden Edmonton AB

    Comment by Ray Whidden — 29 Jul 2009 @ 9:34 am

  24. I’m the lineage reasearch chairman of my DAR chapter, and I’d like to distribute your flowchart among a few of the chapter members who are interested in researching new
    ancestors. Is that okay with you?

    Comment by Judy — 5 Jul 2010 @ 11:05 am

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