I am once again stumped by a Massachusetts Vital Record. I would like to cite the image of the birth record for Thomas Judd, who was born in Charlemont, Massachusetts, on 4 September 1812. I found the image of the town register on Ancestry "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988." Browse to Charlemont > Town Records > image 51 (you can also find it by searching the database for Thomas Judd, born in 1812).
I feel pretty good about the beginning of my citation: "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2495/ : accessed on 6 July 2021), > Charlemont > Town Records > image 51 (p. 92 of unnamed register), Thomas Judd, born 1812; citing ...
But what am I citing?
I know that I am looking at a digital image of a microfiche that was made by the Holbrook Research Institute. They filmed Massachusetts vital records from almost every town in the state. The first image on Ancestry gives me a printed title page which I could cite as Jay Mack Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital Records, Charlemont 1765-1899 (Oxford, Mass.: Holbrook Research Institute, 1987). The second image on Ancestry gives me more information about the Charlemont Vital Records, telling me they include 7 volumes of data. But I cannot figure out which one of the volumes listed (and there seem to be 9 volumes, not 7) contains the image that I want to cite. To my, perhaps untrained eye, the image could have come from Fiche 2, 7, 11 or 12.
I was also able to find the image at FamilySearch in "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001." But not by searching this collection. For some reason the only items from this page of the town register that are indexed are the marriages. However, looking at the images on FamilySeaarch did not make me any wiser.
Some of my ideas:
...; citing Charlemont Town Records.
...; citing "Charlemont births and deaths, 1803-1843," in Jay Mack Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital Records, Charlemont 1765-1899 (Oxford, Mass.: Holbrook Research Institute, 1987).
Thank you so much for taking a peek at this.