Citation Issues

Autographed document on Ebay

I'm thinking through citing an item for sale on ebay. It's a check with a signature on it that shows the person's signature on a specific date, before they changed it to another spelling. Do eBay listings get cached by the Wayback Machine? To be safe do I cite the whole listing URL in the footnote? Once it's sold the "repository" will be unknown. Is that a problem? Is  it better for me to buy it and state ebay as the provenance and me as the repository? Too may questions? 

Layered Source Citations: What Comes First?

I'm trying to settle on a consistent and accurate way to cite images from online databases such as Ancestry and FamilySearch and keep running into issues. For this example, I'll use an online image of an NYC marriage record on FamilySearch.

The issue at hand:

• According to QuickLesson 25, the way you site databases with images is as such: 

citing abstract and translation of document in Dutch

I have images of notarial documents from the Netherlands. These are land records, hand written in the 19th century and 2-8 pages in length. I don't speak or read Dutch. I engaged a professional genealogist to translate them. He suggested that he abstract them first to save money and if required later provide a full translation. The question is how to cite the document and abstract.

Do I put the author of the abstract at the beginning of the citation? Or do I place the abstract information at the end of the citation using "citing". Or some other approach to this citation?

Citing an English Version of a German Birth Certificate

I am having trouble coming up with an appropriate citation for the english version of a german birth certificate. My grandmother, Katharina Faust, would have needed to have this translated and transcribed when she immigrated from Germany to America with her US Army husband. It appears to have been translated on 8 August 1963 in Marburg an der Lahn by an Ernst M Brugger with the Bavarian Translation Service aka Bayerischer Übersetzungsdienst for the cost of 1.00 Deutsche Mark.

Search or Browse

Dear Editor,

Working on crafting citations, based on the records that I have found, reviewed, analyzed, I have figured out, for myself, when to you Way Points. I wanted to see if the my thought process was close.

If I can search for, or find hints for a record of a person of interest, my citation would include the Specific Item of Interest entry, as shown in the QuickSheet, Citing Ancestry Databases & Images, 2nd Edition.

However, if I use a Browse feature from Ancestry or FamilySearch (for example), then I would use Way Points.

Source of the Source

Dear Editor,

If I do not use the term "Source Citation" as being one thing, but a Source and Citation, two parts of a Full Reference Note, Would the Source of the Source be part of the Source?

For Example: QuickSheet, Citing Ancestry Databases & Images, Basic Format: Databases Created by Ancestry, the "citing" part of Full Reference Note, for me, helps define the Source and it's is included in the Full Reference Note at the end. 

Unidentified Register

I have been citing some English parish registers on Ancestry for a while now, most of which do not have a book cover, cover page or target and are sometimes lumped together with other registers. Typically I tend to start with the image and I am starting to question how I have been identifying the registers. I have been titling them "Untitled Register" when I haven't been able to find any of those elements in which to identify it. I think I took an example from this site somewhere and modified it.

Here's an example.

Privately held or a vital record?

I am in possession of an abstract of my mothers birth certificate she obtained from the state of Pennsylvania in 1972. I am not sure if I have a privately held artifact of merely a vital record of her birth. Of course if it is not considered privately held the citation is incorrect. I have treated it as a privately held document with the following source citation..

Pennsylvania Historical Society Book????

I am hoping someone here in this forum, can guide me, how to cite this record.

1. Firstly it appears to be a "book" - but a facsimile copy, that is held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

2. The title of the book, is "Collections of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania Vol XLV11" Philadelphia, 1900 (penned). "15" is also noted on the same page.

3. It certainly appears that it is copy transcript? noted as "Copied by K.R.B. 1900" - all records are in the same hand writing. It's not an original record.

US Supreme Court Case Footnote

I'm working on a genealogy report where an ancestor's divorce made it all the way to the US Supreme court. I'd like to site the case in my report. The case is available online in several formats which include the background and the justice's opinion. Is it acceptable to cite the website or do I need to locate a law library and obtain a citation from a Supreme Court journal? The case citation is shorter than the examples for state supreme court cases noted in "Evidence Explained"--is there a format for citing US Supreme court cases?