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When and why to cite contemporaneous certificates as artifacts?

What is the benefit of using the format for an (in my usage case, privately-held) artifact over the church record certificate format? A good citation tells the reader how to find the relevant source. ...
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Citing data from ancestry.com

Without seeing the specific case I can only give a general answer. If I'm understanding your description, you are looking at an Ancestry index-only database such as the England, Select Births and ...
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How can I quickly source 'events' in Mac Family Tree?

My posting summarizes improvements from version 7.6 to 8.0 on this issue: Version 7.6. brings the following improvements: The window listing sources is broader. Sources for an event are indicated in ...
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Citing or crediting leads to sources?

If you Google something to get to a website, you would not usually think of citing Google. By that same reasoning, you have no obligation to cite the intermediary source that may have led you to the ...
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What kind of source is a Birth/Marriage/Death certificate?

To some extent at least this is a question of personal preference, and your two suggested alternatives are both kind of extreme options, just at opposite ends of the scale. Personally I tend to ...
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Citation of both folio and page in England census

To be useful, information not only needs to be right but also clear and accessible. Perhaps after due digging thru a dictionary or some other reference, someone can eventually figure out what "r" or "...
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How to cite scanned image copies of physical books?

In QuickLesson 22: What Citation Template Do I Use?, Elizabeth Shown Mills (the author of Evidence Explained) talks about a number of ways that we can shoot ourselves in the foot by worrying about ...
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Creating Source / Citation for military document

The basic principle from Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained is to cite what you actually used. There are numerous examples on the Evidence Explained website about citing a document that is held ...
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How do I cite this record from the Arolsen Archives?

It looks to me that the sub-collection number is 3.1.3 (Emigrations), based on the fact that the example shows three dot-separated numbers. However, upon scrolling up on the list, it seems to be 3.1.3....
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Creating a custom source on ancestry.co.uk

It is easy to get lost in the time to create sources and citations - been there, done that. You will change your methods part way through, so don't aim for perfection from the start. So here are a ...
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Citing online image copies with inadequate information or provenance

An interesting question. I am sure I cannot give a full answer but perhaps some pointers to the things that I would think about, might help drive some other aspects out. Firstly, from my perspective ...
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What is the correct way to cite a book review?

I think that option 1, putting the "Review of" ahead of the book title, is clearer in describing what you are citing. There is enough variation in citation styles that either option should be adequate,...
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What is an effective way to record a photo's annotations?

Another option that hasn't been mentioned here is to use "buddy files". This low-tech solution has advantages because the text is clear and editable, it is searchable, and it will not get wiped by ...
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Creating a custom source on ancestry.co.uk

I transcribe everything. I have found even the tiniest bit of information useful. For example, I found my great grandfather in the 1905 New York State Census (before the rest of the family was there)...
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Citing or crediting leads to sources?

"Citing or crediting leads?" Citations and credits are different animals, and should be placed in separate sections. Credits are usually earned, by someone going out of their way (multiple hours/days) ...
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How to cite the National Probate Calendar?

I believe that the only information you need to locate an entry is the year that probate was granted and the name of the deceased. The calendars were produced annually, listing all grants of probate ...
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Organizing FamilySearch Sources in Gramps

I do as you described in your example. Also I link the event to the citation. This is a lot of clicks in the UI but it helps a lot when you come back two years later to continue your research. I wish ...
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Organizing FamilySearch Sources in Gramps

I do something similar to Option #2, but don't even use a Repository, since these electronic records are on so many web sites. Thus: Source: Oregon, Yamhill County, Index to Marriage Records Citation: ...
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Fields required to specify a video in source / citation

The most common citation format in genealogy is based on Chicago style which offers video, online video, film/television, audiovisual materials etc. But generally it has been adapted specifically for ...
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How to cite the National Probate Calendar?

I would suggest that the best way is to imagine someone trying to locate the entry on a microfiche version. If they can do that using your citation, then surely they can do it using another website ...
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Citation of both folio and page in England census

The answer to your question may be contained in the question itself. When making your original conversion between the folio/page reference and the folio recto/verso-style reference, you said: For ...
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How many sources/citations is too many?

The beauty of object (in this case "citation") sharing that it's so easy to do all of the above. Once you creating the citation (and source, if necessary), drag it to the clipboard and from ...
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