Help:Format for Source Citations in FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

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This article describes the format of the source citations for records found in digital collections in the Historical Records section of The Historical Records wiki articles are distinguished by the suffix (FamilySearch Historical Records) in the article title. This page is part of the  WikiProject: FamilySearch Records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

The "Citing" Part of the Citation

The "citing" part of citations for a Historical Records collection varies depending on the original source of the information. For indexes provided by third-party websites, the citation includes the title of the record set on the third-party's website and the name and locality of the archive that houses the original records (if known). For collections coming from other sources, the name and locality of the archive is included in the citation. And for collections coming from multiple archives, general archive information is provided.

Items that may be included in the "citing" part of citations for FamilySearch Historical Records collections:

  • Name of the agency or creator of the records
  • Title of the original record set or a generic descriptive term
  • Name of the archive
  • Locality of the archive


For a third-party website: Citing "Parish Records Collection 1538-2005." Index and images. findmypast : Brightsolid, 2012. The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

For one repository or archive: Citing Comune di Afragola Offices, Afragola, Napoli, Italy.

For multiple repositories or archives: Citing county courthouses and public libraries, Mississippi.

Three Citations

Citations are created for each collection, each record within a collection, and each image that is available online from a collection. The collection citation is available at the bottom of the collection's landing page (a.k.a. search page), the record citation is available at the bottom of the record's index page (the page displaying the information contained in the record), and the image citation is available by clicking "Show Citation" at the bottom left of each image.

Reporting Issues

To report issues with a collection, record, or image citation, contact the User Guidance supervisor.