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Citing Sources & Documents

Postby aristides » 14 Jul 2010, 12:29

Everyone:

Many of my records come from FHL films of Italian commune records. I have been trying to find a way to cite them that I feel comfortable with. Can any of you share with me the way you cite an FHL microfilm as a source, and a specific birth, death or marriage record on a particular microfilm. Always appreciate your expertise and assistance.

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Re: Citing Sources & Documents

Postby JohnArmellino » 14 Jul 2010, 15:22

I use the following format:

Source: Campobasso (Campobasso), Ufficio dello Stato Civile, Registri dello Stato Civile, 1809-1910 (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983-1990), FHL INTL Film 1733191/NATI 1887/Numero 253, 8 May 1887, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-3400, USA, 91 microfilm rolls, 35 mm.

After the first citation for a given source, I use a condensed version by eliminating the publication and repository info.
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Re: Citing Sources & Documents

Postby Tessa78 » 14 Jul 2010, 19:38

Ancestry has a Research Extract Form which you can download without an Ancestry subscription at their site...

http://c.mfcreative.com/pdf/trees/charts/resext.pdf

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Re: Citing Sources & Documents

Postby aristides » 15 Jul 2010, 12:34

Tessa:

Thanks for the extract source. Very useful.

John:

How do you differentiate between a bibliographic source and a citation for a given event? For example, I have a microfilm for births in Gaeta from 1870-1881, versus my grandfather was born on May 17, 1873 in Gaeta. Thanks for your help.

By the way, which one of you is from Western NY. I grew up there and went to college in Fredonia and Rochester.

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Re: Citing Sources & Documents

Postby JohnArmellino » 15 Jul 2010, 16:01

I believe that my example above can be broken down as follows:

Source: Campobasso (Campobasso), Ufficio dello Stato Civile, Registri dello Stato Civile, 1809-1910 (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983-1990)

Citation Detail: FHL INTL Film 1733191/NATI 1887/Numero 253, 8 May 1887

Repository: Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-3400, USA, 91 microfilm rolls, 35 mm

All of this info would be combined to create bibliographic entry or citation.

Usually, a genealogical software program provides a template that allows you to enter the relevant information and produce the correct citation in your reports.

There are two good publications on the subject of citations in genealogical research:

Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian (Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997) by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Family History Documentation Guidelines by Carol Harless, Mary Harline, Alice Malquist, Bill Minnick, Leland Osburn, and Jan Unter of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group. You can go to http://www.svpafug.org/docguidelines.html to order this guide.
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