[APG Public List] Citations from Ancestry for the Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002

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Mon Oct 19 18:47:23 MDT 2009

Beth --

I'm going to stick my neck out and say you have to cite what you've got, not 
what you used to have, or what you think you might have. Can you be sure that 
any given entry in the new consolidated database in fact comes from the 
underlying source you think it does?

The deeper question is whether you want to be citing indexes in finished work 
anyway. Indexes are derivative sources, which point to the original source. I 
have never yet checked out one that was a perfect and complete reflection of 
the original, so citing an index is, in ESM's inimitable metaphor, citing a 
land mine that could explode your theory. Why not seek out and cite the 
original source and defuse that pesky land mine? In the meantime, use the index 
as a placeholder citation, but does it really matter whether you use one 
derivative or another as that placeholder? (These are real questions, even if 
they sound rhetorical -- I haven't used these records that much and may be 
missing something.)


> Ancestry has combined several databases into one which makes it 
> difficult to create a proper citation in my genie program. My 
> inclination is to create 3 master sources for the three (used to be 
> distinct databases) which were /Texas Marriages, 1851-1900/ (from 
> Hunting for Bears and Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, I think), /Texas 
> Marriage Index, 1966-2002/ (from Texas Dept of State Health Services) 
> and I assume the other was /Texas Marriages, 1814-1850/, from Dodd, 
> Jordan R. et. al. /Early American Marriages. /But now the database is 
> Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002. How are you citing 
> records from this Ancestry database? My genie program is Legacy 7. I am 
> going to take another look at my genie program to see if I can use the 
> new name of the database but still create three different master sources 
> somehow.
> Warmest regards, Beth Gay, Auburn AL
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Harold Henderson
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