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

Beth Gay bethg at integrity.com
Mon Oct 19 19:54:27 MDT 2009

Well, actually under Sources; Ancestry cites the underlying database; so 
that is one of the reasons I believe that I need to create a master 
source for each underlying database but still use the name of the 
consolidated database.

Regarding obtaining the original source; of course that is the ideal 
situation. This is one name study and unless someone would like to 
donate some cash to my project; unfortunately I cannot always afford to 
obtain copies of the original source. I correlate all of the evidence 
and if I have a convincing argument, original or not then I include this 
information on my web page. The sources are there and if someone 
disagrees with my conclusions they can contribute to the pages.

Warmest regards, Beth G., Auburn AL

hhsh at earthlink.net wrote:
> 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.)
> Harold
>> 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.

More information about the APGPublicList mailing list