Simplifying Genealogy Sources and Citations

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Simplifying Genealogy Sources and Citations helps you cite your research so you always know where you found your genealogy records.

Discover the differences between sources and citations. Learn how to link your citations to your paper and digital records. Then you can create a source once and then cite it as needed, avoiding duplication.

With this Sassy Jane Genealogy Guide, you can create simple and effective sources and citations for your family history research.

Description

Simplifying Genealogy Sources and Citations helps you cite your research so you always know where you found your genealogy records. Topics in this Sassy Jane Genealogy Guide include:

  • Determining the difference between sources and citations

  • Creating simple and effective sources and citations in your family tree software

  • Linking your citations to your paper and digital records

  • Retrieving your online, digital, and/or paper records easily when needed

Simplifying Sources and Citations

Get to know your sources and citations.

Even if your family tree software or online tree application creates sources and citations for you automatically, your research will benefit by knowing how to create and use sources and citations yourself.

Simplifying Genealogy Sources and Citations includes examples for census, parish records, books, websites, websites with static URLs, paper records with multiple pages, and the work of other genealogists.

We have all probably had the frustrating experience of asking a relative or a fellow researcher to supply sources and citations for their information and the unfortunate answer is that they “just know” or the information is “around” or “hard to get to.” With this Sassy Jane Genealogy Guide, you will have confidence that your sources and citations preserve the results of your research efforts, linking directly to resources and digitized images.

Professional historians have cited primary and secondary sources in their work for a very long time, making their source and citation practices useful to consider when citing your genealogy research. This guide helps you understand and use existing citation systems from leading historians and genealogists.

Simplifying Genealogy Sources and Citations is a 40-page PDF and has three sections and two appendices:

Elements of Sources

Elements of Citations

Examples of Sources and Citations:

– Census Records
– Parish Register Records
– Books and eBooks
– Web Sites
– Web Sites with Static URLs
– Paper Records
– Paper Records with Multiple Pages
– Citing the Work of Other Genealogists
– Creating Your Own Sources and Citations

Appendix A: Sample History Paper with Sources and Citations

Appendix B: Sample Source List from Family Tree Software

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