I know that this has been brought up before (see some previous questions at the bottom of this post), but as far as I can tell there has not been a question devoted specifically to this tag. It would be good to get some sort of consensus.

There are currently 102 52 0 questions tagged , with seemingly nothing in common except that they are about people researching their genealogy. Which kind of defeats the purpose of a tag.

The tag usage guidance is currently no guidance at all:

The study of source materials to establish facts and reach conclusions.

Should the tag even exist? If it should, what should the usage guidance be?

Previous mentions:
15 Jul 2015: Should we blacklist some tags that can be applied to almost every question?
11 Oct 2012: Proposal to remove tags like brick-wall and road-block
10 Oct 2012: What is the difference between the [research] and [research-methods] tags?

  • I and others are in the process of burninating the research tag.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 7:42
  • @PolyGeo What better way to spend a Saturday than retagging research questions - so I finished it up today, except there's still one merged question that I can't edit
    – Harry V. Mod
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 18:32
  • Thanks for doing that @HarryVervet. My mod powers let me do that last one.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 21:03
  • 3
    Nice to see a plan come to fruition :)
    – user104
    Commented Feb 7, 2016 at 17:30

2 Answers 2


Remove the tag.

I have never tagged any of my questions even though most are about research.

There is nothing in common with questions tagged , rendering the tag useless. For questions about specific aspects of research we have the following tags:

  • : For questions about how to conduct genealogy research and best practices for genealogy research.
  • : To be used for questions about planning for, conducting and recording travel trips in the pursuit of genealogical research.
  • : Questions about locating specific records of reference works identified by geography, date, type or topic. Used to enquire about availability and identification of such resources.

For the tags listed --

  • : For questions about how to conduct genealogy research and best practices for genealogy research.

In What is the difference between the [research] and [research-methods] tags?, there was a suggestion about whether the tag should be or . I'm leaning towards .

  • : Suggest adding something like this: "For questions about finding 'how-to' articles about specific record types and information papers about specific record groups"
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    When a tag like research-guides has no wiki, I think it may be best to simply give it one rather than proposing it in an answer. At the moment there is no methodology tag so I think we should leave it that way, or make a synonym that points it at research-methods.
    – PolyGeo Mod
    Commented Jan 12, 2016 at 23:32

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