What is Genealogy?

A: the study of tracing lines of descent or development

How do you know what you have found is right?

A: Genealogists are required to adhere to the Proof Standard which is comprised of five elements:
  1. Reasonably exhaustive research has been conducted.
  2. Each statement of fact has a complete and accurate source citation.
  3. The evidence is reliable and has been skillfully correlated and interpreted.
  4. Any contradictory evidence has been resolved.
  5. The conclusion has been soundly reasoned and coherently written.