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From: Jacqueline Wilson <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Citationitis (was Citatinitis)
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2010 15:02:31 -0500
Linda, I will be doing my first official "citations" this weekend!
Previous citations were not based on EE. I used to be a "throw
everything into the pot (citation) in no particular order but that has
now stopped thanks to ESM and EE! Hopefully I will not be yelling for
When transcribing on to census sheets I always use line numbers in
addition to everything else. I also usually include all the "stuff"
at the top as well as the "for office use only" (or what ever it is
called, not having a sample in front of me right now) information
given on the page. I do have the links to the material on passenger
lists and census records, so I will be looking at those as well.
On Sep 3, 2010, at 2:42 PM, wrote:
> So much of what we do and conclude as genealogists does focus upon
> individuals into *context,* as opposed to "isolating" individuals
> for a
> quicker location (something I think you'll agree with...
I do record household/dwelling/family but I also record line numbers.
I think line numbers, when available, are the most accurate identifier
for where on the page I'm viewing. As I mentioned in an earlier post,
when not printed on the census form, I count lines. <g> On those
censuses it's very useful, because frequently they're long lists of
names with no identifying numbers at all, and on returning to the image
it's nice to have some idea of where to look.
The household/family/dwelling (and street address, too!) are very
important, I agree, because of the grouping information. and, when
present, they serve pretty well as location information, too. After
encountering some cases where the household/family/dwelling numbers were
illegible, I realized I couldn't rely on those for precise location
purposes. Even when illegible I could still see what the groupings
were, but they were not a clear way to identify the section of the page
I was viewing.
I always wondered why nobody else seemed to feel the need :-)
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