Citation Issues

Creator or Owner?

I recently received  a collection of some random family artifacts. Most of what I have are various trinkets owned by deceased family members such as a wallet, figurines, a souvenir spoon, military medals, etc. None of them were created by the person who originally owned them.

Funeral Service

I recently attended the funeral service of a great-uncle. There were a number of speakers at the funeral who shared different memories. At the conclusion of the service, I made my own notes regarding the stories that were shared about my great-uncle. I am now unsure how to go about citing this information. I thought perhaps it could be considered personal knowledge, but I am not entirely sure of this. The notes consist of a number of eulogies from friends and family of the deceased (unfortunately, I do not have the names of all who contributed their story).

Citing a CD-ROM


I’m learning to cite and am still very much a beginner and not feeling confident with creating a citation for a baptism transcription found on CD-ROM. 

The CD-ROM contains transcriptions of baptisms, marriages, and burials for Abingdon and was purchased from the Oxfordshire Family History Society.

I have also attached page 201 from Volume 6 which contains the baptism transcription for Thomas Eackling.

How to handle changes to Indexing

A question about how to handle changes in indexing. I view some online records of the Nova Scotia Canada provincial archives. They have digitized and transcribed and indexed the records but you can still read the original images. I cite the record as they have indexed it in my family tree "Fred Smith and Mary Jones married 6 May 1877 in Kings Co" plus the record book number, page and entry #.

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Correct Source List Entry?

In searching for my grandfather, Amandus Diethrich, in Pennsylvania on Ancestry this is how I searched.

I first went to the catalog and proceeded by selecting Search > Catalog then filtered by selecting “Birth, Marriage & Death, Marriage & Divorce, USA, Pennsylvania.”  In the resulting Titles I selected “Pennsylvania, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1845-1963.” Then I entered in the search box, his name then for any event, location I entered Pennsylvania and clicked the Search Button.

Ledger with translated baptism records

One of my sources is derived from the old baptism records of a Lutheran congregation in San Antonio, Texas, which at the time were kept in German. The church office sent me photocopies of a handwritten ledger which contains the information from the original records translated into English.

The ledger pages themselves are not numbered. The header for the first columns of the ledger specifies that this column contains "Page & Line No", referring to the page and entry numbers in the original German records.

Extremely long city directory titles

Hi, EE...  I'm looking at a run of city directories from Reno, Nevada.  The full title of these (and other) directories runs just under 100 words (see the attachment).  I'm leaning toward just using this as the title (assuming all years have the same title and I adjust for the years that I cite):

Polk's Reno City, Washoe County and Carson City Directory [run of years]

Is it necessary to use the entire 100-word title, or am I OK using what I have above?  Thanks for your guidance.