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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.

A suggested way to to list the source is:

“[Title of collection],” [item type: index and images, images, or index], FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org : accessed [today’s date day month year]), entry for [name of individual(s)], [event, such as died or married] [date of event]; citing [source], [certificate, volume or page number]; FHL microfilm; [archive name, locality of archive].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:
  • "Delaware Marriage Records," index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org : accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
  • “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch ([https://www.familysearch.org : accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador.