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Why Should You Cite Your Sources?

This article describes how to create citations for records found in digital collections in the Historical
Where did you get your info?
Records section of FamilySearch.org. These wiki articles are distinguished by the suffix (FamilySearch Historical Records) in the article title.

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again.

It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for citing sources is:

"[Title of the Collection]," [Index and Images or Index], FamilySearch ([record pal] : [accessed date]), [Name of the Ancestor] (in entry for - Name of the main person on the record if not the ancestor you are citing), [Event date]; citing [Event location], [reference information], [NARA microfilm publication number], [Roll number], [Name of the repository], [Location of the repository]; [FHL microfilm number].

Records vary in format and content so these fields will probably not all be included in the record you are citing. Try your best to get as many of them filled in. It is also okay to add additional fields that you feel should be included. The more information, the better it will be to find the record again.

Examples of citations for indexed collections:

  • "Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XTW8-92L : accessed 22 Feb 2013), Robert Richards and Pearl Johnson, 14 Oct 1902; citing Baldwin County; FHL microfilm 1839624.
  • "Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V688-2HW : accessed 22 Feb 2013), Anna Gallero in entry for Bernardo Bertrandi and Catalina Botta, 1870.
  • "Mexico, Baptisms, 1560-1950," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N83S-HXH : accessed 22 Feb 2013), Maria Felicitas Avalos, 08 Mar 1893; citing Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco, Mexico, reference 112; FHL microfilm 222137.


These citations are now found at the bottom of the results page for indexed collections in FamilySearch.

Example for a Browsed Collection:

“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata, Buenos Aires.

Browse levels are separated by > in this format.