Passing Thoughts~Kinship Determination Project


For the BCG certification portfolio, the final component is #7, the Kinship Determination Project (KDP). It requires 3 generations researched and documented in a narrative lineage, narrative genealogy, or pedigree lineage. The generations used cannot be you or your siblings. So, that excludes your parent’s generation because even if they are the 3rd generation you document, you and/or your siblings, as their child/ren, will be listed. The most recent generation related to yourself that can be used would be your grandparent’s generation.

I’ve been mulling this over…which family and which generation to use, plus which style to use. At first, I thought I wanted to use my Ballard line (Amos>Aaron>Amos Benton). There are good Quaker records there, but Aaron was an only child so that generation is a little sparse. Now, I’m considering the Ford line (Nathaniel>John>Lyman)…definitely a bigger challenge. Both of these lines start with my 4th-great-GF (Amos Ballard and Nathaniel Ford), so if I’m the first generation I’d be using my 5th, 6th, and 7th generations, if that makes any sense.

I’m pretty sure I’ve touched on this before…from a webinar…found it! here

Styles (the bold is mine; everything in bold is per the BCG FAQ on their website

  • Narrative Genealogy (Descending)
    A narrative genealogy is an historical account of a family, in which each individual life is presented in historical context with biographical and genealogical details. Typically, a narrative genealogy presents the generations in a descending arrangement. Starting with a more-distant ancestor or ancestral couple, it comes forward through the generations, attempting to account for all known descendants, in all lines (female as well as male) for a certain number of generations.
  • Narrative Pedigree (Ascending)
    A narrative pedigree is essentially the reverse of the narrative genealogy. Instead of starting with an ancestral couple and tracking all descendants forward in time, it begins with a more-recent person and develops his or her ancestry in various branches. As with a narrative genealogy, a narrative pedigree should provide a discussion of the lives that have been assembled for each person, not just a recital of the vital statistics that would appear on a pedigree chart.
  • Narrative Lineage (Descending or Ascending)
    A narrative lineage is a genealogical and biographical account of a family in a direct line, through a certain number of generations. It might start with a more-distant couple and come forward through the generations, or start with a more-recent person and proceed backward in time. A narrative lineage would provide the same personal detail on each couple and their children as called for in a narrative genealogy or a narrative pedigree.

I think I’ll do a narrative lineage and use the Fords. I have other plans for the Ballards! I need to get on the ball and find marriage records for Genesee Co, NY!!!



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