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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 collection],” [index and images, images or index], FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/: accessed [date collection accessed]),[page number equivalent, including name of principals and date of event]; citing [Creator, Jurisdiction, or Institution][ (Optional location)], [Name or title of series, volume, or record type – archival title], [further record identification when needed], [Archive name], [City, State of archive]. [Citation to the original – FHL microfilm number].


Examples of citations for indexed collections:

  • “Delaware Marriage Records,” index and digital images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; citing Delaware, State Marriage Records 23 November 1913, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover; FHL microfilm 2,025,063.
  • “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and digital images,FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: 21 March 2011), Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal, San Salvador.
  • “Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915,”index and digital images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: 18 January 2011), Charles Walker Raymond, 1868; citing Massachusetts, State Birth Records, vol. 198, p. 174, no. 52, Charles Walker Raymond, 1868, Division of Vital Statistics, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,428,039.

Short 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.