[APG Public List] Re: [APG Members] Placement of endnotes within genealogy

Rondina Muncy rondina.muncy at gmail.com
Thu Mar 11 14:56:04 MST 2010


Apparently my computer decided to send my question to the TGF list also,
which is fine, although I'm wondering how it managed to do that since I see
that I only typed in the other two lists.

First of all, I would like to reassure you all that I much prefer footnotes
and have never used endnotes. As one poster stated, the problem is that when
you have that much information, the footnotes can take up most of the page.
While discussing information in a document, say for example, a probate
record in the text, I do not believe the paragraph is where the full
citation where the document is located belongs. Also, I am discussing
genealogies, not reports, so any annotation about a consideration of a
source or information would most likely end up in a footnote vs. the
possiblity that it would end up in the text of a report. And even though I
dislike flipping back and forth between endnotes at the end of a chapter
(take _Only a Few Bones_ for example) I'm wondering exactly what the book
would have looked like if it had been footnoted.

Elissa, I don't believe that sending a genealogy into the world with
endnotes would qualify it as having no clothes on. Would there be more of a
chance that someone would copy those pages and leave the endnotes behind?
Absolutely. Would you or I? Absolutely not, because we value and respect the
source as much as the information from those sources. The person who copies
the genealogy without the sources is going to be the one who types it into
Ancestry for me w/out any citations. : ) I do appreciate your section
example and will attempt to see if it works.

So...how is one to accomplish writing a well-documented genealogy (and most
of you know me well enough to know that any genealogy I produce is going to
lean towards overkill on documentation) without it being so chopped up from
page to page that it is unreadable with footnotes. Think hundreds of pages
produced from years of research. That is the problem, although I and
apparently quite a few others, would like to know the answer to the
section/endnote question which I will post if I can figure it out.

I'd love to see some examples (a couple of pages) of any genealogy that
anyone thought worked particularly well with footnotes. I'm a visual person
and that would probably help a lot.

Thank you for all the responses.

Rondina P. Muncy
Ancestral Analysis
2960 Trail Lake Drive
Grapevine, Texas 76051
rondina.muncy at gmail.com

On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM, Mary Douglass <mdoug_hm at yahoo.com> wrote:

>   Rondina,
> I'm a footnote person. I don't like to be flipping from one page to another
> to see the sources. I want the sources on the same page as the text. But I'm
> not as visually sensitive as you are.
> Just my 2 cents' worth
> Mary Clement Douglass
> Your Kansas research specialist
> URL: www.historical-matters.com
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* Rondina Muncy <rondina.muncy at gmail.com>
> *To:* apgmembersonlylist at apgen.org
> *Cc:* apgpubliclist at apgen.org
> *Sent:* Thu, March 11, 2010 12:09:17 PM
> *Subject:* [APG Members] Placement of endnotes within genealogy
> Hi all,
> I am playing with the organization of the next genealogy I'm working on.
> First, I would like to know your opinions about using endnotes vs.
> footnotes. Please note---this is not for a report. Second, there is the
> placement of the endnotes. I do not want them all to literally be at the end
> of the genealogy. I'm thinking about placing them at the end of each
> generation. I am working with both Word 2003 and Word 2007. Because of
> encoding, I cannot switch to a new document for each generation. Is there a
> way to place the endnotes after each generation and begin with the genealogy
> again within the same document.
> This is somewhat technical. If you have any suggestions, please feel free
> to contact me privately. Thank you.
> Rondina
> ________________________
> Rondina P. Muncy
> Ancestral Analysis
> 2960 Trail Lake Drive
> Grapevine, Texas 76051
> 817.481.5902
> rondina.muncy at gmail.com
> www.ancestralanalysis.com
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