Per the help center topic: What types of questions should I avoid asking?:
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you
If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to
participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be
In my opinion, this is a discussion question, not a solve-a-problem question. It also fails the criteria for good subjective questions which is listed farther down on the same page, where good questions
invite sharing experiences over opinions
The issue of whether something is 'verified' or not is also quite broad when you use it to refer to an entire lineage, rather than a single question of identity.
In an email posted on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM to FHISO's TSC-Public mailing list, Elizabeth Shown Mills abstracted the main points of her Quicklesson 16: Speculation, Hypothesis, Interpretation & Proof into two essential concepts:
- Tracking property titles--not just for one piece of property but a whole street or a whole neighborhood--is often required to provide
- Proving identity is the most basic element of genealogy.
Assume for the moment that we have a published genealogy which goes back twenty generations. We have to check that the identity of the parents and child are correct at each generation, which often means doing so for a lot of other individuals as well.