From looking around and searching, I seem to be understanding that in a citation it may not be necessary to cite dates unless it is fundamental to relocating the record(s). For example, will books that have no number or letter but do have a date range would be something like: state, county, Will book 1840-1846, p300, etc.; while one that does have a number/letter would be something like: state, county, Will book J, p300, etc.
My question is, if you want to include a date for something like a will in the citation, what date would you use? The will is written one date, brought to court and attested to by witnesses months or even years after it was written, approved and ordered entered in the record on a different date, and finally recorded by the clerk on still another date. All these dates could be recorded in the Will Book depending on how much detail about the will being brought to the Court the clerk includes when recording it. Do you use the written date? recorded date? both? all?