Sources are documents, registers, publications, artefacts, people, websites and other sources of information used in genealogy and family history research.

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Were British Army families stationed overseas enumerated in any Census returns?

I have located a record for Alfred Clarke in the United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records. The TNA record series number is WO 97, and the original images are available at Find My Past. ...
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What kind of source is a Birth/Marriage/Death certificate?

I ask this question because all genealogy software or website seems to always ask for citations in/and/or sources. This is great when you find a book or a movie or data in a newspaper. It's easy to ...
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Persistent URLs (web addresses) for online records of genealogical events

Are there any standards, or common usage, for the creation of persistent (long-lived) URLs (web addresses) for genealogy events? (more accurately these would be called IRIs, but URLs are the more ...
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Techniques for reading poor or illegible images

What techniques work for reading poor or illegible images of a source? Turning the source into a negative is one that's often quoted but what other techniques are valuable, and in what circumstances?
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Is the IGI a derivative of primary evidence or an original of secondary evidence?

Looking at the BCG's "Skillbuilding: Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Resources", I note that derivative sources may include "transcripts, abstracts, and notes produced from viewing the original ...
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US Federal Census citation details and citation text using FTM for Mac

I am working on US Federal Census records and cleaning up my sources. What information needs to go into each section of the citation details and text?
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What sources exist for 15th century England?

Rule #1 for genealogy in the early 21st century has to be “don’t trust information from trees you find online: verify first”. That said, I’ve actually had some quite good results from following back ...
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Letters from US Presidents to persons over 100

When searching newspaper obituaries for an ancestor, I ran across an obituary (unfortunately not an ancestor) of a person who had lived to 100. This reminded me that my father had found a letter from ...
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October 2nd or 20th?

Below is an image I'm trying studying to find a marriage date. It's either the 2nd or 20th of October, 1834. I know that in some handwriting they used an ordinal indicator such as 1o to signify first, ...
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Data Model for Family Tree Maker 2012 (sources and source citations)

I have been asked to document an explanation of how Family Tree Maker 2012 links sources, source citations, media and 'facts', to assist somebody who is very visually/structure oriented to describe to ...
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World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1 - valid source?

In searching for an ancestor I googled and found ancestry.com trees. On those trees I found citations to 'World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1'. Is this a valid secondary source or is this just effectively ...
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What steps should I take to retrieve lost sources?

I've lost my sources for an individual. Either I never wrote it down or it's been lost by my software (probably the former). I realized this when I came back to this individual the other day and saw ...
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Conflict between Kent Online Parish Records and FamilySearch.org database - which to believe?

I have an ancestor, William Vollins or Vallins, who I believe was the son of Richard Vollins and Mary (Bowler), b 1777 in St Mary Cray, Kent (near Orpington). There are many other Vollins/Vallins ...
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How do I Cite Genealogy Sources and References in a Book?

I am writing a book (a biography) about an ancestor with material from many sources (newspaper archives, interviews, national libraries and other books). My question is specific to the genealogy ...
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Cornish parish records lost in fire?

I have a brickwall in the form of my great great grandfather whom I know from our family bible was born in Cornwall in 1811. I've found him (Robert Chapman and his wife Elizabeth nee Shapling and ...
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Citing sources from Facebook and other social media sites

Today I had reason to cite Facebook as a reference source. I couldn't find any recommendations for such sources, so I'll describe what I did. If anyone has a better method I'd be pleased to hear about ...
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Finding Expanded Royal Family Lineages

While aggregating some genealogy data for my family, I recently came across something that has my daughters and I pretty excited. It would seem that, on my wife's side, there is a traceable lineage ...
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How should I cite a microfiche source at The (UK) National Archives?

In my research, I have consulted the "Women's Land Army: Index to Service Records of the Second World War" held on microfiche at The (UK) National Archives (MAF421), as described here. Consulting ...
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Determining branch of service for someone drafted into World War I

Is there a online source to help determine which branch of service someone was drafted into for World War I? I found my grandfather's WWI draft card on Ancestry.com but wasn't able to find any ...
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What source detail should I include for a digital book?

I use the following to record my digital book sources. Should I include anything else? Author Editor Title Publication Place Publisher Publisher Year Page Format Website URL
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What source details should I include for a printed book?

I use the following to record my printed book sources. Should I include anything else? Author Title Edition Publisher and Location Year of Publication Page
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How should I record my sources correctly?

I have not understood the need for recording where I obtained my information. Reading answers here has made me rethink. I would like to start my family tree again, this time recording the source for ...
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What type of source is a Family Bible?

Given that many families have old Family Bibles with births, deaths, and marriages recorded in them (some of which may predate formal records of the same from the local jurisdictions, or which ...
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Is there an automatic way to import a source from Ancestry or FamilySearch into gramps?

I've been using ancestry.com for a couple of years online, and recently got their desktop software to help manage trees better. One of the reasons I had created my trees online was the ease of ...
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Is a Birth/Marriage/Death Certificate a primary source?

Do I accept a Certified Document as a primary source and trust it outright or do I need to view the original the Document is transcribed from?
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How should I record unsuccessful searches (that may constitute negative evidence)?

What's the right way to record the fact that I have performed a search in a certain dataset and came up empty handed? As an example: I search for Person X in the New Hampshire Marriages index on ...
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Where can I find more information on Danish 16th century priests?

My family is from Gotland, and in my family tree I have two priests who moved in from Denmark(*). Since Gotland nowadays is Swedish and these men are from Denmark I'm stuck, I know nothing about how ...
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Is Tanguay's “Dictionnaire Genealogique” considered to be reliable?

Fr. Cyprien Tanguay's Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie jusqu'à nos jours (Montréal: Eusèbe Senécal, 1871-1890) covers many of my French-Canadian ...
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Why do historical and genealogical scholars differ in their approach to classifying sources?

Historical scholars classify sources as "primary" or "secondary." Princeton University, "What is a primary source" Library and Archives Canada, "Toolkit: Defining Primary and Secondary Sources" ...
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What is an effective way to record a photo's annotations?

I have old family photos, some with info written on the back or on a bit of paper included behind the photo in a frame (e.g. date, event description, and/or people in the photo). What's an effective ...
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Alternate German genealogy sources

I've hit a roadblock, as mentioned here. I've found German church records from the middle eighteenth century (1760's) that contain info. The location is around Marbach am Nectar (also spelled ...
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What do I do to find a Utah ancestor's parents when I have exhausted BMD records, Ancestry.com and newspapers

Though his known life history is quite lurid, I have spent 35 years searching for the parents of my great-grandfather. He was first married in Salt Lake City in 1884, divorced while in prison, ...