[APG Public List] Placement of endnotes within genealogy

Rondina Muncy rondina.muncy at gmail.com
Fri Mar 12 09:35:06 MST 2010


While I agree that flipping back and forth to the endnotes is
annoying---really annoying, I would like you to take a look at three

First, Patricia Law Hatcher's *Producing a Quality Family History*. On page
121 it addresses footnotes, endnotes and at the bottom--- bibliographies.
Please read onto page 122, where she repeats a statement made on page 79
about exactly what kind of bibliography can be produced for a family

Second, Christine Rose's chapter in *Professional Genealogy, "Family
Histories."* On page 460 there is a discussion about citations.

Third, *The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual.* On page 104 the sample
compiled genealogy using the NGSQ System is presented. Take a look at the
amount of footnotes per page in this sample and think of the reader who is
not a professional or intermediate genealogist. Is it readable?

As a professional, I want to see the sources on the page, but genealogists
tend to have occasional tunnel vision. I think Colleta et al had it right.
Would I submit it with endnotes to the BCG for certification? No.

If something has changed since Hatcher's book or Rose's chapter, I would
appreciate a heads up.

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

On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 10:26 PM, Janey Joyce <jejoyce at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> My personal opinion is that compiled genealogies should be footnoted
> and that a source list also should be prepared.  Early on I did endnotes at
> the end of
> each family group and soon discovered that made it difficult to go back and
> view a specific document unless I also embedded reference to a specific
> volume and page within the narrative ie (Salem VRs 2:16) as, for
> instance, Robert Charles Anderson did in The Great Migration Begins.
> I also find it very annoying to read something on a page that I want to
> see the source for and find that I have to interrupt my reading to go
> looking for it.
> Janey E. Joyce CG
> San Antonio, Texas
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