Citation Issues

Sourcing a human transcription of a vital certificate when the certificate itself cannot be viewed online?

Cook County, Illinois vital certificates are a decent example of what I'm inquiring about.  On a standard database with images for genealogical research, the images of these certificates are are not made available to the researcher.  However, human transcriptions of them are available on these websites (websites like FamilySearch, Ancestry etc.).

Seeking pointers on how to build a full reference note for these types of transcriptions.  My only copy of EE is 3rd edition revised.  Thanks so much in advance!

Sesquicentennial resolution

I want to cite a state resolution in honor of a town's sesquicentennial anniversary. I used the slip law example in 13.17 as my base, but unlike in the example, the resolution itself doesn't have a descriptive name, so I used the name as published on the bill and added description at the back end to explain what people were looking at. Is that a good idea or superfluous?

I also added a url to find the resolution online. To use the search box, the printer's no. and year are helpful, so I went with those rather than the full resolution date cited in the example.

Citation for an Online Tree

Dear Editor,

In my genealogy database program, I have links to a profiles on several "online tree websites". I have this so that I know that I have a profile on that "other" website and may need to update it, as I update my own database. That process has become very helpful. Not only do I know I need to update that online tree, but can look at that online tree for other resources.

Multiple Citations for Individual Elements

Is there a hard and fast rule or recommendation for the number of footnotes applied to support any one element?

For example:   5 documents support a person's name, are all the footnotes ALWAYS applied to each element.  Name, Name1,2,3,4,5

1 birth certificate 2 death certificate 3 marriage license 4 census 5 census

If all 5 are not used, how do you decide how many to use?

Thank you,

Paula Smith


multiple indirect evidence

The subject and all of their information has been cited fully and well.  However, the subject's parents who are merely listed as John (abt 1880 - 1914) and Jane (1885-1920) are harder.  There was no direct evidence to indicate proven birth/death information.  It was through little, mini proof statements that their life events were documented through a lot of analysis.

MY QUESTION IS, How do I site years of census', tomb stones, newspapers, and such that created the argument for their b/d information?

Birth Certificate for Living People

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I was wondering if there were any privacy issues with citing a living person's birth certificate. I know you shouldn't share the birth certificate itself, but is there a problem with sharing the birth certificate number as you would in a citation?

Clarification requested re: "Newspaper Articles (Online Images)"

Dear Editor;

Would you clarify a small issue for me regarding the ordering of information for newspaper articles?

I tend to have many reference to a newspaper of a particular name. So; I prefer to emphasize the newspaper, rather than the article title. In a previous post, you addressed a case in which there was no author. However; I do have some cases that have an author and want to place it in the appropriate position.

Question about dates in Parenthesis

Dear Editor,

I wanted to ask a question about why different QCM show dates in parenthesis, yet "similar items" are not.

Journal Articles show dates in parenthesis, QCM 779, 780, 781.

Magazine Articles show dates in parenthesis, QCM 782.

Newspaper Articles show dates in parenthesis, QCM 784

But Newspaper Articles, QCM 785, 786 are not.

I have read 2.70, 14.7 and 14.9, but I still don't understand why some dates are shown in parenthesis and others are not.

Citing a 3rd party digitized copy of microfilm of original by state archives

I know there was a similar question recently regarding this issue but I think the foreign language confused me. I know there are supposed to be layers to a citation. 

I guess in this case, that would be the original document. Then the layer when that document was microfilmed by the NC Archives? Then the layer where those records were digitized and a database was created by a third party. Or maybe I have them in the wrong order?