German book that was also part of a series

This way of publishing might be peculiar to Germany. In any event I've never noticed it in the English speaking world.

One of my sources is a two volume publication by Jürgen Ritter entitled Garnison-Kirchenbuch Hannover 1816-1867.

It is also referred to as a "Sonderveröffentlichung", i.e. "special publication", the 28th volume of this sort published by genealogical society, Niedersächsischer Landesverein für Familienkunde. It seems that this society has a series of special publications like this.

At the same time it's also referred to as volume 125 of the series Deutsche Ortssippenbücher, Reihe B.

These two volumes can be found by just searching for the author's name and the title of the works. Should I also add these other two identifying pieces of information, just for the sake of completeness? And if so, how? Maybe just in a note with the first citation? Or does this also need to be part of the bibliography list?

Submitted bymawynon Sun, 06/04/2023 - 08:36

Here's what I've come up with for the bibliography:

Ritter, Jürgen. Garnison-Kirchenbuch Hannover 1816-1867. Volume 2, “L-Z”. Hannover: Niedersächsischer Landesverein für Familienkunde, 1996.

And for the first citation:

Jürgen Ritter, Garnison-Kirchenbuch Hannover 1816-1867, vol. 2, “L-Z” (Hannover: Niedersächsischer Landesverein für Familienkunde, 1996), 45-47; also published as Deutsche Ortssippenbücher, Reihe B, vol. 125, as well as Niedersächsischer Landesverein für Familienkunde Hannover, Sonderveröffentlichung [special publication], vol. 28.

Submitted byEEon Mon, 06/05/2023 - 08:12

Hello, Mawyn. Is it possible for you to supply an image of the title page? Without that, I'm answering you blindfolded. I've studied all the online cataloging I can find for this work, under the various series names, in the usual catalogs (FamilySearch, LoC, WorldCat, and all the major research libraries that hold copies. All of the cataloging I have found matches your citation down through the semicolon. Your added note certainly seems to be helpful to others. Peeking out from behind my blindfold, your citation seems to be well done.

What I'm not certain of is whether the additional information you add after the semicolon actually appears on the title page of the volume you are using—or whether you are adding it from personal knowledge/expertise with the multiple series involved. If the latter, I'd put the added information in a separate sentence.


Thanks for your input!

Unfortunately I don't have a copy of the title page. I've tried unsuccessfully to try to find one online. I obviously can't say for sure, but the way German publications like this are usually done I think it's highly likely that this information is on the title page or at least on the page facing it.

Am I correct in thinking that the difference between the two options - on the title page or background information - would be that the former uses a semicolon like I've done above, and the latter would use a period followed by a capital letter?