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Friday, August 28, 2015

Homework: What does SHE Say? Study Group - 4 Sept 2015


In preparation for our final session of the What Does SHE Say? Study Group, we are reading from Chapter 2 of Evidence Explained (see below) and completing our homework before attending the study group session. The goal is for panelists and community participants to share specific, real-life scenarios as we consider assimilating concepts in EE3 to improve research outcomes.  

Our FINAL session will include a research case study from start to finish over a 30 year period, concerning the marriage of Lowell S. Froman and Frances Irene Goering. The last piece of the puzzle was put in place only this past week by panelist Lacey Frazier. We will explore citations made by Ol' Myrt here along the way. We'll deal with discursive commentary, some slightly conflicting evidence and disparate points of view from family members. What emerges is Myrt's developing understanding of the source of the source when it comes to citing information items collected along the way.

We shall see how the research question "When were they married?" wasn't truly answered reliably by many of the sources DearMYRTLE  chose to rely upon in the past.

This week's homework includes some required elements, including crafting four citation samples to insert in our class' WDSS - EE3 Study Group Citation Samples Google sheet.


Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3rd edition (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015). [Book available from the publisher at and in digital format from the author's website]

The author hereafter referred to as ESM.

The book hereafter referred to as EE3.

Homework Guidelines

Friday, 28 Aug 2015 - EE - Chapter 2 Fundamentals of Citations

Focus Statement (suggested by panelist +Lisa Gorrell .)
"What matters is that understanding.
Sources come in endless forms, as well as types. There’s not just one kind of probate record. Or marriage record. Or court record. Records may be bound in books or kept as loose papers in a packet. They may be held by the person or agency who created them. Or they may be part of a collection, that's part of a series, that's part of a record group in a distant archive." SOURCE: Elizabeth Shown Mills, "Citations, Rigmarole & Aha! Moments," blog post, QuickTips: The Blog @ Evidence Explained ( : posted 17 August 2015).
1. Required In your own words, demonstrate an understanding of EE3 - 2.40  regarding full citations and short citations when it comes to narratives and research notes. 
2. Optional What happens when a source label is not on each photocopy or digital scan? See:
EE3 - 2.46
Optional How does the author distinguish between assertions from different sources?

4. Required  How are we to distinguish between sourced information and personal opinions?

Optional What tiny little item must be used to distinguish between a reference number and generation numbers?

6. Required List the four Source List Arrangements, explaining how each may prove useful.

7. Required Choose one and describe:
  • Abbreviations in personal names and place names
  • Parenthesis, braces, brackets and square brackets
  • Capitalization
  • Colons, semi-colons and commas
  • Various dashes, hyphens and virgules
  • Date formats
  • Double and single quotation marks
8. Required Add 4 Full Reference Note citations to our study group's public Google Sheet located here: Feel free to use the EE3 - Index to guide your composition. Citation types include:
  • Abstract
  • Biography - from a county history book
  • Blog post
  • Email
  • FamilySearch Census Index
  • Find A Grave Memorial - family info
  • Find A Grave Memorial - tombstone image
  • Funeral Card
  • GEDCOM file
  • Indenture
  • Land - Federal Land Entry File
  • Land - Federal Patent image
  • Land - Grantee/Grantor Index
  • Lineage Society - NSDAR application
  • Manumissions - local
  • Maps - topographic
  • Marriage - Bann
  • Marriage - Bond
  • Marriage - church certificate
  • Marriage - government certificate
  • Marriage - License
  • Marriage - return from officiant
  • Obituary
  • Online Family Tree
  • Passenger List - Customs Passenger List
  • Passenger List - Database Entry
  • Pension - Federal application
  • Pension - Widows' application
  • Photograph - family portrait
  • Photograph - single subject image
  • Probate - image copy of original
  • Probate - Index Entry on microfilm
  • Probate - Orphans' Court records
  • Senate Journals - federal
  • Tax records - county
  • Vital Record
  • Will - Abstract in book form
  • Will - from Clerk of the Court Will Book
  • WWI Draft Registration Cards
We've now had two week's experience looking up citation formats using the index and examples from EE3. This should set the form for solving future citation challenges. BRAVO!
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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