Sunday, July 29, 2012

Genealogy Instructors: Great sample blog post to emulate

If genealogy instructors are looking for a great blog post that demonstrates how to cite sources and give credit where credit is due, Ol' Myrt here suggests the 5 July 2012 blog post titled "" by Carolyn L. Barkley in her blog which she bills as "A Blog About Genealogy Books and Their Authors."


1. Who inspired you? In the opening lines of Carolyn's blog post, she credits Randy Seaver's 3 July 2012 Tuesday's Tip1 at GeneaMusings as the inspiration for her post. She elected to give the URL (web address) reference in footnote 1, copied below.

2. In-Paragraph Citations Notice Carolyn's fourth paragraph includes text that is hyperlinked to the website in question, as she writes:
"A new addition to this body of work is a website: Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Source and Citation Usage. The website is one that should be used by anyone researching family history or writing a family history, a blog article, a client report, or any other type of genealogy-related writing."
3. Footnote citations Carolyn used the typical long line separating the text of the blog from the footnote section, and then proceeds to give six citations - 1 to a blog, 4 web pages and 2 forum discussions.
1 Randy Seaver, “Tuesday’s Tip – Check Out the Evidence Explained Website,” Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings, 3 July 2012 ( : accessed 3 July 2012).

Ol' Myrt here tends to use in-paragraph citations. Notable genealogy bloggers using more formal citations include:

Analysis of the Elizabeth (Smith) Hait family history, 1938, part one ," Planting the Seeds Blog, posted 18 June 2012 ( : accessed 23 July 2012).

," The Demanding Genealogist Blog, posted 24 May 2012 ( : accessed 23 July 2012). 

If all genealogy bloggers were as careful to give credit where credit is due, it would be a lot easier to judge a compiled genealogy and the perpetuation of false lineages would be cut down considerably.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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  1. Citing sources for ALL types of work: blogs, articles, books, documents, and personal family history is important. Not only for giving credit where credit is due, but also for being able to view the original work in order to find more information and possibly clarify a certain detail.

    1. Yes, being able to review the original work permits the reader to see the info in context, and evaluate the info independently.

  2. Thanks, Pat, for a great blog post! "How would it be?" indeed, if we had sources listed on all research and could easily check the validity of their conclusions. I know I automatically give more credence to a sourced document even when I don't know the author, their credentials, or experience.

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