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This is a planned article on the two major approaches employed by genealogists as they develop their understanding of a set of family relationships: The Subjective Approach, vs The Objective Approach. Overall, these two approaches represent opposite ends of a spectrum of approaches, and no one uses one or the other approach exclusively. Ideally, we might wish to think that our work is always objective, but in truth even the most hardened objective genealogist makes use of subjective insights to further their work.