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Documenting Your Research/Citing Sources

Create worthwhile genealogies with these tips on documenting your research and formats for citations, including source citations for electronic genealogy sources and maps.

How to Cite Genealogy Sources - An A to Z Guide
While assembling the pieces to your family tree puzzle, it is important to rememember that citing your genealogy sources correctly and completely is what gives your research credibility. Learn how to correctly site a variety of common genealogy sources -- includes examples -- in this guide to genealogy documentation.

Citing Family Sources
Information and examples for citing family and home sources such as bibles, newspaper clippings, tombstones, interviews, letters and more in your genealogy research.

Citing Vital Records
Information and examples for citing birth, marriage, death, divorce, and adoption records in your genealogy research.

Documenting Your Sources
Tips for correctly documenting your genealogy research from Ralph Bishop.

Standards for Sound Genealogical Research
Recommendations of the National Genealogical Society.

Carla's Tips for Sources
From a  conversation on FTMTECH-L with Carla Ridenour, editor of the National Genealogical Society's Computer Interest Group Digest,  about Family Tree Maker's source documentation features.

"A Cite for Sore Eyes"
A much needed article on quality citations for electronic genealogy sources such as web pages, email, mailing lists, and CD-ROMs by Mark Howells

Citing Sources: APA Style
Standard citation formats in the style recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA), including formats for CD and online resources.

Creating Worthwhile Genealogies
An excellent lesson on evidence, sources, documentation, and citation from RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees.

Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian A wonderful reference book by Elizabeth Shown Mills which is considered the new authority on citations for genealogy.

Guide to Citing Maps & Atlases
How to document maps in your research, from the Lloyd Reeds Map Collection, McMaster University Libraries.

"How to Cite Sources"
A wonderful reference article by John Wylie discusses the importance of source documentation along with examples of how to cite information from many popular sources.

Understanding Sources
  This wonderful article, "Understanding Sources, Citations, Documentation and Evaluating Evidence in Geneaology" by Richard A. Pence, is full of excellent examples.

"Why Bother? The Value of Documentation..."
Kory Meyerink, MLS, AG covers three of the many reasons why you want to document your family history findings.  I know I wish I had done a better job when I first started!

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