Citation Issues

Citing county government publications

I'm working with county-level voter registration records in California, 1866-1872. Before an election, the County Clerk had at least 10 copies of the County's "Great Register" printed. These were distributed to the County's election officials. The early versions of these printed copies were booklets with a title cover without publication information. Later they were submitted as print jobs to local printers, who added their names, publication dates, and places. Sometimes the cover will carry the statement, "Published by Authority."

citing a text message

I recently had a chat with a family member who wanted me to find out the birthdate of an aunt of hers gave me background information in a text message and I wasn't quite sure how to cite it. I based the citation below on EE 3.42 similarly to an instant message. Does this seem correct or do you have suggestion on how to improve it?

EE editions

I’m returning to my research after an absence and realized that EE has been updated a couple times since I was active.  Before I purchase an updated edition, are there any plan to release a new edition in the near future?



Yet another vital record certificate vs. family artifact question

I have in my possession, a birth certificate for my grandmother issued by the county health department. She was born in 1907. The issue date on the certificate is Sept. 7, 1965. (My grandfather died a few days prior; she likely needed the certificate for legal reasons or to file for social security benefits.)  The certificate has a raised seal. The certificate passed from my grandmother to my father and now to me.  Also of note, there is not a "certificate number;" rather, the certificate references a book (H-12) and page (6).

Revisiting WVCulture/vrr images and their link to FHL films

So a couple years ago, a bit of this was covered in the following topic:


Now that I’m working on a few entries (new found biological relations are heavily from West Virginia) I have a few questions.


Private artifact vital record

I think one of my biggest obstacles to citing all my sources is that I've been stuck on how to properly cite the records about myself and my direct family, so it felt like I couldn't really document my pedigree until I skipped to at least my grandparents, where I can find some "normal" records to cite. I'm specifically thinking of the marriage license & certificate that I possess for my own wedding, as well as the birth certificates for my children (attached image).

Question about citing databases with images...using "entry" vs. "image" vs. other words

Thanks to the explosion of digitalization of records, I have many citations that are found through "database with images" collections. I know that one option, when the digital image is an exact copy of the original, is to lead the citation emphasizing the original document as layer 1 and then the database in which it was viewed as layer 2.