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From: "Kirsten Bowman" <>
Subject: [APG] Intermediate Sourcing Question
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 17:51:32 -0700
My genealogy software (Legacy) has recently introduced a new feature to
produce Evidence-style source citations. (Thank you, Ms. Mills.)
I have a rather large collection of "family papers" (perhaps 200-300 items).
Some can be traced back to an "official" source--with a fair amount of
difficulty--and others probably can't. There are, or will be, templates
suitable for most of these, but I'm beginning to wonder if it's worth the
struggle. I'm toying with the idea of grouping many miscellaneous items
together under one Master Source using something like " XYZ Family Papers"
as a title. Of course there would be appropriate detailed text,
description, and provenance for each item, but it would certainly condense
my Master Source List and bibliography to a more agreeable length. As it
stands now, I could conceivably end up with many dozens of Master Sources,
each relating to only one item such as a RR Retirement Board pension file, a
Longshoreman's Union ID card, a Civil War pension file, and on and on.
Is this heresy? What value would be added by splitting them out? Are there
downsides that I haven't thought of? I never intend to formally publish my
work, so that's not a factor. Thoughts from the pros would be appreciated.