The FHL stores microfilm made by other archives. In the catalog, it is stated who created the microfilm and where it is stored. Is it essential to identify the creator of the film in the citation?
It looks at bit confusing to me to write "...; citing The Danish National Archives microfilm 50899, The Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, The United States." The creator is the The Danish National Archives, and the repository is The FHL.
The catalog entry for the film above is here: https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/482644?availability=Family%20History%20Library
How would you recommend handling this?
If the name of the creator should be identified, I have two follow-up questions:
- Is it acceptable to translate the name of the creator? The stated name is the official English-language name used by the archives.
- FamilySearch identifies the creator as "Landsarkivet, København" which no longer exists. Denmark previously had four regional archives placed under The Danish National Archives, but in 2014 the regional archives in Copenhagen was closed and the holdings were moved to the repository of The Danish National Archives in Copenhagen. The other three regional archives were "merged" with The Danish National Archives, so that all departments are now called The Danish National Archives. Anyhow, the regional archives have always been a part of The Danish National Archives. Should the citation reflect the name of the regional archive, which no longer exits?
To add to the confusion, sometimes FamilySearch catalog entries state the name of the creator of the microfilm in the author field, sometimes they only state it in the notes below the box at the top of the catalog entry, as in this case.
I look forward to some input on this issue.
Lene D. Kottal