The last step in the Genealogical Proof Standard is the written conclusion:
5. We arrive at a soundly reasoned, and coherently written conclusion.
There are many formal written conclusions. Among these, include:
- Proof arguments and case studies
- Research reports
- Lineages, Pedigrees, and Genealogies
- Hereditary-Society Applications
- Explain the research goal (or problem)
- Present the evidence, with analysis, including full and complete source citations
- Discuss any conflicting evidence
- State your conclusion
 The Board for Certification of Genealogist, The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual (Orem, UT: Ancestry Publishing, 2000), 1.