Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections
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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
- 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.
- 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
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