Newbie here...Well, I was feeling good about creating citations until recently. Now I'm second guessing myself. I started citing marriage records. Here is my citation:
Indiana, "Marriage Records," 1882-1890, Volumes 15-17, certificate or registration image, August Gruber and Mary Nichter, 27 May 1886, no. 586; "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XXJY-ZQM : accessed 19 March 2020), Allen County, 1884-1886, Volume 16, image 298 of 323, citing Allen County, Clerk; Indiana Commission on Public Records, Indianapolis.
I feel like there are several issues with this citation.
- There isn't a title at the beginning of this book. The generic title given by FamilySearch is "Marriage Records." Does this work or do I need to say in the citation that this is a generic title?
- I believe that this is a marriage registration (also stated that way by FamilySearch). Although it says "certificate" on document, it looks like the same handwriting throughout the document and it is part of a book (not a loose paper). Does that assessment seem correct?
- I'm trying to understand the use of ">." I believe EE book said that it represents a nesting of webpages, but I'm not entirely sure. So should I be using ">" in the second part of my citation instead of commas? Example: Allen County > 1884-1886 > Volume 16 > image 298 of 323. I thought I read in the EE book that this symbol can be confusing, but now I can't find the information any longer. I also see this symbol used in some examples on this website platform.
- All marriage records prior to 1958 were collected at the county level only (this one from 1886). Later, Allen county marriage records were moved to the state of Indiana. Therefore, since this is a local record moved to a state repository I ended my citation as: citing Allen County, Clerk; Indiana Commission on Public Records, Indianapolis. Is that correct? I'm thrown off by the extra ";"
I would love any input. Thanks in advance!