Monday, October 9, 2017

What Is Citing?

Diggin' Your Ancestors Citing is a small paragraph generally provided by various genealogy
sites (or yourself), that allows others to know where you received that information. It looks confusing, but it will many times tell the agency, book, line, and microfiche film where this proof can be viewed. 


An example would look like: 

England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/7TH7-MT2 : 1 April 2016), Lizzie A Simpson in household of Christopher Simpson, Melsonby, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (North Riding), England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (North Riding) county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

Sometimes you will see a citing as: "Sally Jones sent this to me in an email." 
I don't put much faith in these citings as it is considered heresay. 

A citing that states, "This is a my grandmother and she personally told me in 1965" makes me feel a bit better, but then I have something to go by in order to find the paperwork.

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