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

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Who is (was) Gertrude Aubrey Barber, compiler of thousands of Grave inscriptions?

Gertrude A. Barber compiled a great many lists of genealogical interest, does anyone know who she was and her story? Some background: My ancestor is alleged to be buried in a 1795 Cemetery in NY. ...
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Correctly adding a repository / source / citation for a Burial as received by email

Repositories, sources and citations still confuse me a lot. I know I have asked similar questions before. I have tried to take onboard that advice. Background I wrote a letter to the Cemeteries of ...
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Creating a FreeBMD Death citation / source / repository

I am sorry if this is basic. But I just have not needed to create sources really up until now. This is what I have done: Create a repository with FreeBMD: Create a Source: Create the Citation: I ...
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When do you decide to add media to the Fact or the Source Citation?

I have this fact: I have this source citation: At the moment, the media is attached to the fact: How do you decide when to link the media to the fact or the source citation? And are there any side ...
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What information should I include for this source citation?

I would like advice on entering more recent death references as source citation details. I tend to rely on whatever Ancestry creates but the newer stuff is not always there. Admittedly, this is 2003, ...
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Viewing Facts and Sources using Ancestry

I noticed something today and I wondered if this is a bug, by design, or specific to my tree. If I click on the Marriage Fact on the left it links to the Source: If I click on the Source it links to ...
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Where is Hepzibah Mason in Gregory Stone genealogy : ancestry and descendants of Dea. Gregory Stone of Cambridge, Mass., 1320-1917?

The American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) on Ancestry has this record which states: Name: Hepzibah Mason Volume: 111 Page Number: 364 Reference: Gregory Stone gen. Anc. and des. Of ...
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What do MRC and WI Abbreviations Mean in Virginia Marriages of the Northern Neck?

I have a marriage entry I found in this book on Ancestry: Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800; Ancestry Record 5063 #14673; Name: Elizabeth Wilson; Marriage Date: Abt 1697;...
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GRO and Other Data - How to Provide Access via my site?

I notice that some sites give access to Census returns, GRO records (for the UK) etc eg this one has a long list of databases you can search https://www.familyrelatives.com/post_search.php. Does ...
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How can I research relatives in the Italo-Turkish War 1911-1912 online?

I'm trying to find out if my great-grandfather was in the Italo-Turkish War 1911-1912.
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How do I record a Repository from one Agency but different sections?

I have obtained: Birth and Death Certificates from Queensland Birth, death and marriage certificates, https://www.qld.gov.au/law/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/birth-death-and-marriage-...
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Adding source citation for Cremation?

Here is an entry concerning a cremation: At the moment I do not have a "source citation" for this entry. But, I did receive this information from the manager at Gwent Crematorium via email. In this ...
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Is my source the document or where I obtained it?

Up until now, I have recorded the source of an event, such as marriage, as where I obtained the document eg Registry of Births Deaths Marriages, date obtained and respective location. I then include ...
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Fields required to specify a video in source / citation

Is there a ready guide on fields to complete for source data if the source is a video? What are the fields we should be completing for a video source?
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Creating a custom source on ancestry.co.uk

I am trying to learn good habits for creating custom source entries. So take this entry: Glamorganshire Baptisms Transcription First name(s) Cyril Alexander Last name Harris Birth year 1913 Baptism ...
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Detaching source from individual in Family Tree Maker 2017?

Is there a way to detach an incorrect source from an individual in Family Tree Maker 2017? A source was entered for an emigration fact and later a more accurate and complete source was located. I ...
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How would one find listings of names on ledger stones in English cathedrals?

I had several trips to UK 25 to 50 years ago. I once saw my surname on a few ledger stones in a main corridor of an English cathedral. But now I can not remember which one. I thought it was Winchester ...
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Passenger manifests - internal sailings uk?

Being ignorant of these matters I presume a list/timetable of sailings still exists. from this I might be able to shortlist any sailing that might give me the information I'm searching for. Firstly, ...
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Public release date for 1926 Canadian Prairie Prov. Census, soon?

I am anxiously waiting for the release of the 1926 Canadian Prairie Province Census. The Canadian Census website on June 2nd states: The 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces (Manitoba, ...
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Finding sources for Kent Family Genealogy?

In my family history research, I found this book about Kent family genealogy: “History and Genealogy Of The Kent Family. Descendants of Richard Kent, Sen. who came to America in 1633” By E.J. Dale ...
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Which Source template in FTM 2017 for Find A Grave?

I know little of the formalities associated with sources, but I want to be as accurate and in conformity with the rules as possible. I use FTM 2017 and am stuck at selection of the proper source ...
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Backtracking to find source of birth date?

I have been tracing an ancestor of mine Catherine Cowin (nee Jones). I have been getting complacent and foolishly forgot to put in sources I had found for her DOB and the place of birth when I found ...
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What are digital libraries with a significant amount of public-domain genealogical content? [closed]

I'm trying to compile a list of digital libraries that are of particular interest to genealogists. I'm aware of archive.org, the Digital Public Library of America, and Chronicling America. What are ...
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Finding correct FTM template for Digital Images (Online Commercial Site) for 1930 US census?

Looking at the source templates available to create a source for 1930 US Census using an online commercial site, FTM 3.1 (build 3.1 22.2.6) allows me to chose this option. I am choosing the template "...
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Citing or crediting leads to sources?

Many of the sources that I have found were a direct result of finding references to them on genealogy websites. For example, a reference on Ancestry.com to FindAGrave.com led me to performing my own ...
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What are the rules for putting media on different sites?

I have accounts on many Genealogy Related Sites (FamilySearch, Ancestry, FindMyPast, etc.) and other people are uploading stories and photos to our common ancestors. Is it okay for me to take photos ...
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How do you record fuzzy facts?

Most of my prior genealogy research was based on family records. Very little of it came from hard sources like census records. Some folks would claim that what I have is not genealogy, but folklore. ...
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Meaning of source numbers in U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

There are 3 records in The U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about the marriage of Luke Lea and Elizabeth Wilson, showing two different birth states for her: Source number: 1307.136: ...
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Offline availability of commercially available online sources?

I want to gain an understanding of commercial genealogy services from the perspective of a market that is described as "embryonic" (Germany) in Ancestry's Ancestry Global Family History Report 2014. ...
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How to organize your sources (digital system)

I'm using an application to store and work on my research. I can have a source, with multiple entities referring to it. Each entity has a unique "page" for the source. Additionally each source can ...
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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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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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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 ...