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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It is your decision what goes in there.

At a minimum it should be sufficient information to allow someone else to take your reference easily find the source document and check your transcription of the data.

Website links can be helpful but are limited in that websites can disappear and or pages get moved.

I always attach an image to my source citation and in that way the original doesn't have to be searched for BUT you must always include the id for the record, so state enumeration district etc.

  • Colin, I appreciate your response. I had extraction information and knew it was too much of the wrong information and would not help others to find the source document. One question still nags... what is the purpose of the citation details and citation text?
    – Mark
    Nov 8, 2013 at 11:48

There is a nice guide from ProGenealogists explaining how to do good citations of sources. I have nothing to do with them but I found their citation guide very useful.


  • Hi and welcome to Genealogy.SE! For simplicity's sake, could you summarize the relevant parts of the article here? Thanks!
    – Luke_0
    Nov 15, 2013 at 18:40

I have done a series of Blog posts on this subject:


How to Display Data ?

I have been thinking about the ways we can display our data, usually for ourselves. For example, the 1940 Census.

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    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. Thanks :)
    – Luke_0
    Nov 16, 2013 at 19:02

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