Monthly Archives: October 2016

Should “How I Found It” Be a Part of My Citation?

Citations are an integral part of genealogical research and I cite every document that’s discussed in Casefile Clues. Admittedly upon occasion there are statements about the individuals or families being researched that we do not cite. That’s usually to help us stay on our editorial schedule and to keep the last page or two of the newsletter from being overwhelmed by citations.

A recent post to my Rootdig blog mentioned including part of the “how I got it” as a part of my citation. I don’t think that generally speaking the “how I found it” needs to be included in a citation. For most materials the process by which it was obtained is fairly straightforward from the citation.  The item in the blog post could easily be found again by using the citation. That’s not the point.  The question is, “how would I find similar items in this publication?” short of doing a manual search.  What caused me to get there in the first place? Do I need to include a search process when a manual search was not the process?

I’m not exactly certain how to include it, but somewhere I think that needs to be noted.