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The purpose of this blog is to promote the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society by announcing upcoming events and reporting on past events. In doing so, I hope it will encourage all who are interested to attend any of our events and meetings, and share in our enthusiasm of genealogical research.


October 26, 2012

Follow Friday - The Basics of Citing Your Sources

  Most genealogists who have been researching their families at least a year or more have heard the mantra "Cite your sources!" more than once.  It is very important to record where you found each of the facts you have collected.  One, so you or someone else can find it again, and two, to help with your analysis of the record and the information you have gleamed from the record.

  Michelle Lewis of the blog Ancestoring, has written a wonderful post, "The Basics of Citing Your Sources".  She writes well and explains it very nicely.  Some of her points:

  • Every fact not common knowledge must have a citation
  • Only cite sources you have personally checked
  • Your citation must have enough information so that anyone coming behind you could easily find the source
  • Your citations must be consistent  

  I hope you will read Michelle's blog post for more details.  We can all improve our citations.


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