Thursday, June 23, 2011

21st Century genealogists: alternative citation samples

Though in recent blog posts we have discussed Elizabeth Shown Mills' citation examples, Ol' Myrt here is reminded Elizabeth's aren't the only ones responsible genealogists are using.

Recently, a respected colleague James Tanner over at the Genealogy's Star blog has expressed his opinions about evidence and citations, preferring a style he grew to understand during studies for his law degree. See his articles:
Among several professional genealogists, I've heard a rumble about alternative source citation models. I have yet to see where that line of thinking will take 21st genealogists as a whole, so I won't elaborate on that thought at this time.

Thanks to Tamura Jones for providing the following link to online Citation Standards from the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative - Citation Working Group, edited by Ann Apps, MIMAS, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. "This document contains details of standards, including 'de facto' standards and those under development, which are available to describe bibliographic citations."

Our masked crusader, Ancestry Insider has weighed in with a series of posts about source citations. In Emphasize the Source You Used Over the Source of the Source, he writes "Citations have two purposes: locate the source and indicate its strength. This series of articles explains what we must do to accomplish these purposes for genealogical sources."

The concept of evaluating a source as a component of an exhaustive search using a variety of extant records is part of the equation if we expect to arrive at a reasonable kinship determination. Along this line, Tamura Jones hits the nail on the head when he writes " Obscure sources are the hall-mark of the specialised genealogist; it is only by familiarising yourself with lesser-known archives and collections relevant to your specialisation that you become great at that specialisation. The more you know about the relevant archives and collections, the better a genealogist you are." Source:  Genealogy is More than Archival Research posted 17 June 2011.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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