Citation Issues

Citing a "Notice of Birth Registration" issued at time of birth by Bureau of Vital Statistics

In Florida, when a birth certificate is filed for a child, the Office of Vital Statistics mails a one-time "Notice of Birth Registration" to the mother. A sample of this notice is attached. Once it is mailed to the mother, the notice is never issued again and it is not possible to obtain another one from Vital Statistics. I am guessing that since the document is in my possession and irreplaceable, I would cite it as a Private Holding/Artifact using Template 7.

Citing hospital birth certificate (Section 4.24, 4th ed.)

I am having trouble coming up with a citation for a birth certificate issued by the hospital at the time of birth. Trying to follow the format described in Section 4.24 (4th edition) for a family artifact. For example, if I have my niece's birth certificate issued by Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida at the time of her birth. Let's say the certificate has been in my continuous possession since the birth so provenance is not an issue.

Citing a CRBA certificate (not obtained from a repository)

I live in Ireland and my recently born son was registered as a US citizen via a CRBA (Consular Report of a Birth Abroad). It's evidence of US citizenship. It results in a certificate that looks like [removed].

Now, I am very familiar with citing records that come from repositories (BMD records). But this recently received ceritifcte was sent to us from the US Embassy. I did not get it from an archive. 

How can I best cite this record? I'm also using Family Tree Maker. 

FamilySearch...same image in 3 different image so confused!

Yes this is kindof a discussion on ark vs paths vs microfilm vs image group numbers...but mostly in the sense of I have confused myself on which way to cite things.

In short, when looking up a record on FamilySearch, depending on which way you go about it, the same page appears in 3 different image sets, ie. 3 different groups of images.

That is…if you access it one way, it is image 122 of 848. If you access it a second way, it is image 30 of 32. If you access it a 3rd way it is image 146 of 872.

Citing an image of an index page, unsure about who what whereis when wherin

Am going crazy trying to do this right. Trying to create a citation for a page from an index book, the index book has no title and no information on the spine. The film title is "Arizona Terr Court Index to Naturalization Records Pima County Part 2 Vol 1".  Am showing the image in a report and am not referring to anything specific on the image. So "Who" is nothing. I think "What" is "Index of Naturalizations 1864-1911" which is the "film note" on FamilySearch. "Whereis" is the online image? and "Wherein" is the NARA in Laguna Niguel? Am I doing this correctly? TIA for any guidance!

EE 4th Edition Birth/Death Certificate Template

I see that the 4th Edition of EE has changed the template for birth and death certificates (#12 in Ch. 3) in some ways that make the citation longer, and I have some questions. 

Why is the reporting county included when citing a state-level certificate with a state number?  

Why is the full date included along with the year?

I understand the rationale of including date issued and name of recipient.  If the recipient moves or changes their name, should the citation be updated?     

FamilySearch Full Text search

I'm loving the new Full Text search feature of FamilySearch. It's amazing to find all the records. I've not got a problem when I find something. Just figure out where you are and cite that easy peasy :)

The issue I'm thinking about is when I get an empty result. So, for instance, I'm looking William Parker, in the 1830's for Lawrence, Alabama. No hits. Do I attempt to figure out all the docs that the Full Text search is using (and I'm not sure I know for sure what that is given the rules sometimes as to what is and is not available) or just cite Full Text?

"Accessed" date to websites

Hello Elizabeth!

I have two questions about accessed dates:

1) If you cited a website back in 2014 and after checking the link in 2024 it's still alive and well, do you update the "accessed" date in the citation, even though that would be the ONLY change you'd make to the citation?

2) If you make a small change to a database name (such as updating a database name with a new date range), would you also update the "accessed" date in all your citations that cite that database?