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From: "Janis Gilmore" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Source Citation Placement - adding notesabout irregularities
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2008 19:57:40 -0800
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Thanks so much for this instruction. I had the impression that I should
avoid adding a complete sentence to the citation, and that it was preferable
to use semicolons and commas for the body of the citation.
(I suspect that it won't hurt me to read through the "Fundamentals of
Citation" section yet again....)
And you are, of course, right about the value. In reassessing and rewriting
my citations, I have found holes in my logic, missing references, typos, and
the occasional failure to note something stunning. Altogether a most
satisfying, if time-consuming, pursuit.
I am full-bore education this year. I completed NIGR in Washington, D.C.,
this summer, and am halfway through the NGS "American Genealogy Course"
(have arrived at Probate). I am enrolled for IGHR at Samford in June, but,
after waffling, felt that I might not quite be qualified for your class yet;
I am in the Intermediate Genealogy class, and hoping to be fortunate enough
to get into yours the following year.
Janis Walker Gilmore
Pawleys Island, SC & Seattle, WA
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Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 5:54 PM
Subject: Re: [TGF] Source Citation Placement - adding notes about
Janis, your solution is fine. It would also work--particularly if your
commentary is longer than a partial sentence--for you to close out the
sentence at the end of the citation and start a new sentence with your
commentary. There are umpteen examples in EE, both ways.
As for citation improvement being addictive: the best part of it is that it
compels us to really think about what it is we're using, what's essential
about it, where its weaknesses are, and what its value really is.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Janis Gilmore" <>
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 7:34 PM
Subject: [TGF] Source Citation Placement - adding notes about irregularities
> When citing sources, sometimes there is an oddity that one wishes to make
> note of. I have looked through _EE_, but couldn't find a specific
> to this. The most applicable portion that I found was in her discussion on
> the usage of semicolons for separating very separate or disparate elements
> in the citation.
> As an example, when citing a census viewed as a digital image on
> Ancestry.com, I sometimes like to make a note of a transcription error
> has resulting in the incorrect indexing of an individual.
> In such a case, is it appropriate to cite as follows?
> 1. 1880 U.S. census, Howell County, Missouri, population schedule,
> Goldsberry township, ED 52, p. 25 (penned), p. 469 (stamped), dwelling
> family 199, R. Helton Walker household; digital image by subscription,
> <i>Ancestry.com</i> (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 Aug 2007); from
> National Archives microform T9, roll 691; transcribed and indexed on
> Ancestry.com as "R. Helton Walkes" (correction submitted 2 Feb 2008).
> I should point out that this particular census wasn't one of the ones that
> was indexed incorrectly - I just grabbed a citation and created an
> Thanks for any input or guidance on this. I am spending a great deal of
> overhauling all of my citations to bring them into compliance with ESM's
> guidelines in _EE_. It is addictive, and requires heavy thinking!
> Janis Walker Gilmore
> Pawleys Island, SC & Seattle, WA
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