Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections

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*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org : September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71 
 
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org : September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71 
 
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*Texas Deaths, 1890-1976, digital images, FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org, April 8, 2010), Death notice of Dorthy Mae Cavender Dec. 9, 1929, Harlingen, Cameron, Texas, image number 3524, reference number cn57436&nbsp;
 
 
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*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023<br>
 
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023<br>
  
 
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Why should You Cite Your Sources?

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.

One way to to list the source is:

  • Name of the collection
  • The phrase "digital images",
  • The name of the web site. In the case of FamilySearch collections, that would be "from FamilySearch Internet
  • The address of the web site, in parenthesis, followed by the date that you found your information in the website. In the case of FamilySearch collections it would look like:, "from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org": July 19, 2010). 

You might want to add some other things to document the record, including:

  • 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
  • Film number

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.

Examples:
  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org : September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71 
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023