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== Why Should You Cite Your Sources? ==
  
It is recommended that you cite the sources of information added to your records. Citing sources will allow you to avoid duplicate searches later and share your sources with other researchers. A citation with specific details about the source document should allow yourself or others to easily find the source document at a later time.  
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This article describes how to create citations for records found in digital collections in the Historical [[Image:Collections.jpg|right|160px|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.<br>
  
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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.
  
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It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the&nbsp;names of&nbsp;the people you looked for in the records.
  
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'''A suggested format for citing sources is: '''<br>
  
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"[Title of the Collection]," [Index and Images '''or''' Index], <i>FamilySearch</i> ([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].
  
A suggested format for citations created to document information found in FamilySearch Record Search is: Collection title, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: date accessed or downloaded), items of interest. Items of interest include: Name of the person mentioned in the document File, folder or jacket number Locality Record type Page number Line number Date of entry Digital identification number If the collection was digitized from microfilms owned by FamilySearch, add the following to the citation: citing “Title of microfilm collection”, microfilm. Genealogical Society of Utah, name of archive that housed the originals, location of originals archive.
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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.
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'''Examples of citations for indexed collections:'''<br>
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*"Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (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.
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*"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.
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*"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.
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These citations are now found at the bottom of the results page for indexed collections in ''FamilySearch''. <br>
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'''Example for a Browsed Collection:'''<br>
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“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.<br>
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Revision as of 15:33, 22 February 2013

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.