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#1 LarryLister


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 07:22 AM

Is there any rules I should follow when selecting a SOURCE in Roots Magic 6? Example: I have a birth certificate for my grandfather I wish to SOURCE. Should I use,

Birth Certificate, local level
Birth Registration, Local level, certificate; Civil vital records, name element first
Ref: [E!, p 65]


Vital Records (local, certificates)
Local Birth, Death, Marriage certificates; jurisdiction & series are lead elements in source list

Ref: [EE, QC-9, p 425]


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:40 AM

Both must be considered as adequate and more or less equivalent, just a difference in style, so take your pick. The footnote sentence templates are:

1. [Name], birth certificate [CertificateNo]< ([Date])>, [Repository], [RepositoryLoc].
2. [Jurisdiction]<, [Type:Lower]>< no. [CertificateNo]>< ([Date])><, [PersonID]>; [Repository]<, [RepositoryLoc]>.

[PersonID] in #2 is [Name] in #1. [Type:lower] in #2 will get filled in with "birth certificate" as defined in #1. Both have a [Jurisdiction] field but #1 uses it only in the Short Footnote, the inference being that [Repository] and/or [RepositoryLoc] may also contain the name of the city where registered.

That #2 allows for other types of certificates integrates more citations under one Master Source than using #1 and, therefore, greater potential for narratives to exploit the Short Footnote sentence.

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