[APG Public List] Online death certificate - citation help

Michael Hait michael.hait at hotmail.com
Sat May 1 21:09:51 MDT 2010


My vote is for the first option.  In my opinion, a specific image copy as 
part of a collection (which it is) would be cited the same way that a 
published chart or chapter of a book would be cited -- basically the way 
that you have it:  [chapter info]; [book citation].

Michael

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From: "Susan G. Johnston" <zacathan at comcast.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 10:57 PM
To: <apgpubliclist at apgen.org>
Subject: [APG Public List] Online death certificate - citation help

> My computer user group is working through Evidence Explained, and the 
> question came up as to the best way to cite the Ohio death certificates 
> available at the Record Search pilot site on FamilySearch.org.  In 
> studying sections in EE and the QuickSheet models, I came up with two 
> variations.  I'd appreciate a critique of these two first reference notes.
>
> 1. Ohio Department of Health, death certificate no. 30990 (file no.) 85 
> (reg. no.) (1911), Silas N. Longfellow; digital image, "Ohio Death 
> Certificates, 1908-1953," FamilySearch Record Search 
> (http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html : accessed 22 
> November 2007); imaged from FHL microfilm 1953043.
>
> 2. "Ohio Death Certificates, 1908-1953," digital images, FamilySearch 
> Record Search (http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html 
> : accessed 22 November 2007), death certificate no. 30990 (file no.) 85 
> (reg. no.) (1911), Silas N. Longfellow; citing Ohio Department of Health, 
> Certificates of Death, Office of Vital Statistics, Columbus.
>
> The first variation treats the digital image as an image copy; and I think 
> the second variation treats it as a publication. The first variation gives 
> information on all three incarnations of this record: the state 
> certificate, the FHL microfilm copy of the certificate, and the online 
> digital image of the certificate.  I'm not sure that the second 
> variation's credit line should refer to the original state certificate or 
> the FHL microfilm, but either way, I feel like it leaves out information a 
> reader might find helpful.
>
> Which variation would be preferable, and why?  I would also like to know 
> when one would use the phrase "imaged from" and when one would use the 
> word "citing" in the credit line.
>
> Despite the fact that my conscious know there are no citation police, my 
> subconscious is convinced there's one hiding in my closet.  Thanks for 
> your help in keeping him stuck there.
>
> Regards,
> Susan Johnston
>
> 


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