28 January 2014

Source Citation

I have found that in my research knowing how to cite my sources has been one of my biggest challenges. I mention in a previous post that when I began my genealogy research I had no idea about the correct way of documenting my research. Truth be told I really didn’t know what I was doing. In the past year I have learned more about this and have begun to track my research and learn how to cite my sources. This is pretty easy to do when researching from familysearch.org or ancestry.com as they give you the source citation and all you need to do is reference the correct ancestor. While this is definitely helpful you should not rely completely on these citations as is, make sure to check them for all the information you or another researcher would need to find the information again.

Here is a list of sites that I have used to learn more about source citation:
http://www.progenealogists.com/citationelements.htm This will give you the Standards of a Source Citation
http://www.progenealogists.com/commoncitations.htm this website gives great copy & paste format that you can use for most of the research that you do. Make sure you change the pertinent areas to include the correct data.
http://www.progenealogists.com/citationguide.htm this is the guide to the above webpage, use it as a reference point.

To further your learning of source citation the following books and articles are wonderful sources:

Genealogical Standards of Evidence: A Guide for Family Historians

I hope this information helps you with your family research.

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