Friday, November 17, 2006

Sources -- Individual (in PAF or otherwise)

On Ancestry's PAF (Personal Ancestral File) message board, located at:

Ol' Myrt found the following posting from NRS:"I need to clean up and standardize the way I am entering sources and cannot decide when to use Individual Sources. Every source for the individual? Only those sources that are not linked to an event? Sources that include more information than the event they are linked to? (I used to use Individual Sources almost exclusively but have been criticized for not having sources linked to events.) Is there a standard practice?"

OL' MYRT'S RESPONSE:There are several schools of thought here.

-- KEEP SOURCE CITATIONS IN NOTES This concept is appreciated by long-time users of PAF, where earlier versions didn't have the source citation options. The advantage is that one can quickly scan through the list of transcribed documents and bibliographic citations, easily arranging them in chronological order. This method makes it very easy to copy/paste what you have on an ancestor to post on a message board or send via email to another researcher who might be a cousin.

-- UPDATE SOURCE CITATIONS FROM NOW ON. With this plan, users of previous versions of PAF gradually add new sources using the event sources and individual source citation options, even electing to transfer old sources to the newer format.

-- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. EVIDENCE! Citation & Analysis for Family Historians. (1997, reprint 2006) ISBN: 0806315431

-- Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources. (2005) ISBN: 0806317612


-- Board for Certification of Genealogists. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. (out of print).

-- Silicon Valley PAF Users Group. Family History Documentation Guidelines 2nd edition.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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1 comment:

  1. I would recommend using an Individual Source (versus an Event Source) for anything that pertains to the entire life of the individual (such as a bibliography), or anything that isn't related to an existing event.