In many cases, the evidence on which the DBC was based, will be described in enough
detail to permit evaluation of this evidence. If this is the case, the original document(s)
normally need not be obtained to evaluate the probative value of the DBC.
Determine the probative value of a DBC is difficult when the evidence on which it
was based id not described in detail. For example, if a family Bible is the basis
for the DBC, and no information is shown concerning the
Date entries were made, or
Absence of erasures or corrections.
Then proper evaluation of the probative value of the DBC can not be made without examining
the Bible itself.
Except in the limited situations described above, a document listed on a DBC as supporting
evidence can not be used to establish the claimant's DB unless that document is in file. If sufficient
evidence has been presented to make a DB determination, you do not need to obtain copies of the supporting evidence. However, if additional evidence
is required or if a document listed on the DBC is believed to be best evidence, obtain
the supporting document(s)