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Monday, April 20, 2009 A Better Way to Cite Online Sources

The following press release was received early this morning from our friend Mark Tucker at Ol' Myrt recommends viewing the online video in a full-screen format by clicking the full screen button (bottom right, second from end) so that you can better view the screen shots in this presentation.

Ol' Myrt here believes that the technology Mark demonstrates will serve to:

  • Standardize source citations, using recognized genealogy/history formats.
  • Force online publishers of indices and scanned images to come into compliance with standard citations.
  • Enable users to easily download the images and the citations directly into their genealogy programs with a simple click of the mouse.

Here's the press release:


Phoenix, AZ – April 20, 2009. Every genealogist and family historian from beginner to professional will at some time confront the issue of source citations. Although great advances have been made in recent years to standardize and simplify citations, it is still too difficult. Today on a video was released that proposes a better way to cite online sources.

This 7.5 minute video consists of two sections. The first section discusses some of the current issues with citing sources especially when it comes to online sources. The second section demonstrates an approach to quickly and accurately cite online sources. The technology needed to accomplish this exists today. The changes proposed by this video requires collaboration between various providers of genealogy software and services.

As a genealogy community, we have at times united to get our voices heard in such areas as records preservation & access, NARA fees, and other topics of key concern. You are invited to watch the video, provide feedback, and learn how we can work together to make citing online sources approachable to all researchers.

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THANKS, again, Mark for thinking outside the box. Ol' Myrt agrees that if enough genealogists ask for this sort of technology, the genealogy websites will want to come into compliance with standard citation formats integrated with one-click download/imports into genealogy database software in order to keep their customers happy.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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