[APG Public List] 1840 Census - Citation Question

Rondina Muncy rondina.muncy at gmail.com
Sun Oct 4 14:03:41 MDT 2009


I think the use of *back* and *front* communicates more easily, but I just
can't bring myself to use those terms. The only reason I don't use folio is
because the concept, although very simple, is not easily communicated (as
Arne's question indicates). If someone looks up *recto* or *verso* the
definitions are straight-forward.

I cite the page number as if I were looking at the microfilm myself. NOTE: I
also cite the source of the digital image. The same thing happens with, say,
GoogleBooks. The *page* number that is assigned is not the actual page
number in the book.  I never cite the assigned page number from the
provider. The assigned number may not be the same in the future, the actual
number stamped, printed or penned on the page remains the same. Besides,
Lord knows, my citations are long enough. (Please note that this rule does
not always apply. If I am looking at an image on the Texas State Library and
Archives web site that has been assigned a number (PDF, TIFF, JPEG) that
image number is connected to that image and must be included in the web
address for that image. Just to confuse matters.)

<What do y'all think?>

I think the Cowboys need to win this afternoon and you have endeared me to
you forever with the *y'all.*


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

On Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 2:26 PM, <hhsh at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Far be it from me to advocate imprecision! But in this case it's not all
> that
> clear how to be precise -- i.e., how best to communicate the location,
> given
> the kind of numbering used on these census forms. Add to the folks who
> don't
> understand "folio" those who think the stamped number refers to the
> spread-out
> facing pair of bound pages, rather than to the individual sheet, front and
> back. (Told the number "217," I will turn to the page that has "217"
> stamped on
> it, and I'll probably look to the page facing that one before I turn 217
> over.)
> No matter how we choose to cite, a lot of folks will look first in the
> wrong
> place; fortunately they'll still be only one page away. I'll follow EE,
> which
> allows Arne's choice "page 217 (back)" if you want to avoid the Latin.
> Rondina and I are as one on the issue of correcting erroneous page numbers
> introduced by compilers or online providers. I'm inclined to note the
> erroneous
> number given (just as I note erroneous dates given for city directories)
> just
> so it's all out there. If EE deals with this issue I can't find it. What do
> y'all think?
> Harold
> Harold Henderson
> Research and Writing from Northwest Indiana
> hhsh at earthlink.net
> home office 219/324-2620
> http://www.midwestroots.net
> http://midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com
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