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Is my source the document or where I obtained it?

My recommendation for source material is to record the source document as a source in your source list, and link that to the person/place/website where you got it as a repository in your list of ...
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Offline availability of commercially available online sources?

Speaking from a UK perspective: The idea that stuff is disappearing behind pay-walls pops up frequently. I have continually challenged those who say this happens to give me an example. Not one person ...
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Backtracking to find source of birth date?

I suspect it was the 1939 Register, as that shows a Catherine Cowin with birth date 24 Dec 1878 living in Liverpool C.B. Keep in mind that birth dates on the 1939 Register were recorded as given by ...
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How do you record fuzzy facts?

If you went around to researchers and asked them this question, I suspect you'd get a different answer for each one. Here are some of your options for recording genealogical information: paper ...
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What information should I include for this source citation?

Up to 1983 the registers were quarterly, so the index entry gives the quarter when the event was registered. There is no way of telling the month of registration from the index entry alone. In 1984 ...
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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 are the rules for putting media on different sites?

You can only repost something if it's out of copyright or it is in copyright but the copyright owner has licensed it to be reposted in the way that you want to do it. Do not assume that the stuff is ...
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Adding source citation for Cremation?

I disagree with the other answers in that I would not include an image (or full text), of any recent personal correspondence in a database accessible to others, without their express permission. When ...
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What information should I include for this source citation?

Just wanted to add my support to Audrey's answer and to add a bit about citing references to GRO (English/Welsh) certificates. There are now two versions of the GRO index. The contemporary ...
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What information should I include for this source citation?

In the original case above the only original document involved is the register entry held by the registration office. In addition to the year/quarter, there are three elements which make up the unique ...
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Creating a FreeBMD Death citation / source / repository

Heretical though it may be - I will say that there is no right way to do a citation. Only useful ways. What is useful to me, may not be useful to someone else. In addition, if they are read by someone ...
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Who is (was) Gertrude Aubrey Barber, compiler of thousands of Grave inscriptions?

The best available answer to this question is provided in the 16 page document The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 142 (2011) pages 5 through 20 , that describes the Cowen sisters ...
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How do you record fuzzy facts?

@JanMurphy in her answer has nicely described the usefulness of source-centric software in a case like this. However, as the most widely used software is lineage-linked, you raise an important ...
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Public release date for 1926 Canadian Prairie Prov. Census, soon?

I was looking on the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/projects/country/ca) and saw that they are in the process of indexing and reviewing the 1926 ...
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Public release date for 1926 Canadian Prairie Prov. Census, soon?

An online article from The Star (Toronto ON) confirmed my hazy memory of the release of the 1921 Canada census -- it was available very quickly because of partnership with ancestry.com: 1921 Canadian ...
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Passenger manifests - internal sailings uk?

Passenger lists were not required for travel within the UK, or even between the UK and Europe. See TNA Passenger Lists Guide. The one exception to that is when "a ship called at more than one European ...
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When do you decide to add media to the Fact or the Source Citation?

I would suggest that it's very rare that a source provides evidence for just one fact, so the media needs to be ultimately accessible from all the relevant facts. You therefore don't want to add it ...
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Creating a FreeBMD Death citation / source / repository

ONS (Office for National Statistics) only appears because it happened to be the parent department of the GRO (General Register Office) at the time when FreeBMD obtained permission to use their index ...
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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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Public release date for 1926 Canadian Prairie Prov. Census, soon?

The 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces returns were transferred to Library and Archives Canada from Statistics Canada on 46 microfilm reels (48,529 images) We have digitized the images into PDF and ...
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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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Detaching source from individual in Family Tree Maker 2017?

In the panel on the right side of the screen (on the "Person" page) there is a small menu line with an unlink icon. Highlight the source and click the icon. That being said, I would recommend ...
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How would one find listings of names on ledger stones in English cathedrals?

I don't know if this is any use- but at least it has potential. http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/ledger-stones/ledger-stones.htm it has got a link to this www.lsew.org.uk a site doing ...
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Offline availability of commercially available online sources?

Let's consider this from the perspective of the question How can I determine what records are available in a particular locale? Only a small subset of historical records are online -- before that can ...
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Alternate German genealogy sources

Archion has lutheran records from Marbach and surrounding parishes that sometimes date back until the 17th century. See Landeskirchliches Archiv → Dekanat Marbach. All the entries in green are ...
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Where can I find more information on Danish 16th century priests?

You need published biographies about priests in Denmark. See http://www.worldcat.org/title/danmarks-prstehistorie/oclc/866470393 The Family History Library has one set by Wiberg, S. V., called En ...
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How do you record fuzzy facts?

This is actually a very interesting question, and I think there is a reasonably simple and acceptable way of handling fuzzy facts. My own genealogy adventure started many years ago with a similar ...
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Finding sources for Kent Family Genealogy?

If a book's author does not cite sources for its information then I think that you will need to start searching the historical records until you find the information that you are trying to verify. I ...
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