Referencing for Genealogists: Sources and Citation

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 144 pages
Author: I. Macdonald
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9780750986885
Other: bibliog, index
Publisher: The History Press

Reliable genealogical conclusions depend on reliable data. Central to any good investigation is an appreciation of where the data came from, so that other investigators can re-examine it and re-establish the conclusions reached. Genealogy is little more than anecdote when the sources for facts are not cited and where clear references to sources are not given.

'Referencing for Genealogists' will enable others to follow in your footsteps because it gives you the means to write clear, unambiguous references that provide solid support to the evidence you offer towards your conclusions. It is packed with examples that the reader can learn from and that also provide a treasure trove of sources invaluable to any genealogist.

The Strathclyde experience
The background to this work
Contributors and collaborators
1. Introduction
 - Quality in genealogical investigation: why does all this matter?
 - What do we mean by sources?
 - Primary and secondary sources
 - A trail to follow for those who come after
 - What exactly is 'referencing' or 'citation'?
 - How far can you go with material from others?
 - The nature of evidence
 - Limits to evidence
 - Standards of acceptability in genealogy
 - The digital revolution
2. The materials we use and the places we find them
 - The physical
 - The digital: written, spoken and video
3. Creating individual references: Principals
 - Key elements and guidelines
 - Characterising the source material
 - Specifying the location
 - Dealing with versions
 - Capturing the references
4. The 'Harvard' style
 - Origin: lack of a standard
 - Publishers'tastes
 - Some published versions
5. Using our 'Harvard' in the digital age
 - URL/web address guidelines
6. Using 'Harvard' style for secondary sources
 - Referencing a monograph
 - Referencing a monograph within a series
 - Referencing a chapter in a book
 - Referencing a dictionary or encyclopaedia entry
 - Referencing a biographical or alumnus entry
 - Referencing a journal paper of magazine article
 - Referencing a conference paper
 - Referencing an unpublished thesis or dissertation
 - Referencing an archived letter
7. Cloud sourcing
 - Referencing an item of personal email
 - Referencing an item read on an electric mail discussion list or forum
 - Referencing an item from an online blog or vlog
 - Referencing a web page
 - Referencing information found using an ebook reader
8. Referencing for genealogical and archival sources
 - Some theoretical background
 - Genealogical sources and their classification
 - Major source categories
 - Source types
 - Sources for sources
 - Records and indexes
 - Belt and braces
 - General structure for genealogical references
9. Nominal records
 - Referencing BMD records
 - Referencing census records
 - Referencing electoral listings
 - Referencing directories and professional lists
 - Referencing membership lists
 - Referencing service records
 - Referencing testamentary records
 - Referencing monumental inscriptions
 - Referencing newspaper announcements and obituaries
 - Referencing grants of arms
10. Material records
 - Land and buildings
 - Referencing tithe maps and apportionments
 - Referencing manorial records
 - Referencing inquisitions post mortem
 - Referencing sasines
 - Referencing retours
 - Referencing Scottish royal charters
 - Referencing valuation rolls
 - Referencing Griffith's valuations
 - Personal possessions
 - Intellectual property
11. Procedural records
 - Referencing travel records
 - Referencing courts proceedings
 - Referencing admission registers
 - Referencing prison records
 - Referencing poor relief records
 - Referencing taxation records
12. Other primary records guidelines
 - Referencing newspaper articles
 - Referencing official reports
 - Referencing legislation
 - Referencing ephemera
 - Referencing a letter, conversation or private correspondence
13. Images
14. Maps
15. Using the referencing principals in your own writing
 - Footnotes and endnotes
 - Bibliographies
16. Working with software
 - Bibliographical referencing software
 - Genealogical software
17. Future citation
 - Life's audit trail
 - An expanding world of administrative records
 - Mining social media?
 - Linking to DNA analyses?
18. Endpoint: Or a new beginning


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