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Subject: Re: [TMG] Death Reg. Sourcing Sorrows from a Long Time Lurker
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 19:20:06 +0000
I think you misunderstood my commment. I take the information from the original image, but I sometimes rely on Ancestry's citation information as to where the image came from (i.e. the NARA series name and number, the microfilm roll number, etc). Thus my citation might read something like: "New York Immigration Records, 1820-1950", database online at Ancestry.com <www.ancestry.com>, citing National Archives microfilm series T715, roll 80, etc.
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From: Terry Reigel <>
> > Terry:
> > For some of us, Ancestry does more than just provide a
> > copy of the image. Often, they also provide the citation
> > elements. I often copy the citation detail information
> > for census data, ship manifests, etc from Ancestry and
> > paste it into my CD in TMG. Then I manipulate the info
> > to fit my citation style. I always spot check the
> > Ancestry-provided citation info as best I can against the
> > information on the image, but many times the image does
> > not provide all the detail in the Ancestry citation. To
> > a certain extent, I rely on the accuracy of Ancestry's
> > citation information; thus, "citing xyz" seems often
> > appropriate to me in reference to an Ancestry image,
> > because the Ancestry-provided citation information may,
> > in fact, be wrong..
> I agree, if you are copying the data from Ancestry's table instead of reading it
> yourself from the image, the "citing" language is appropriate.
> I guess it never occurred to me that anyone who accessed an image of an original
> source would take someone else's word for what that source says. It was that
> assumption that was the basis for my comment. But if that's what you are doing,
> citing Ancestry, rather than the original is correct. And noting that they cited
> something else is appropriate too.
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