Source Citations for Successful Genealogy - May 2023

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Source Citations for Successful Genealogy

Source Citation is the key to successful genealogy because it provides a foundation for your research. The citation process doesn't have to be a burden on your research. There are tips and tricks to make it painless!

In this course, you'll learn how to cite sources successfully, practice the source documentation process, and study examples of different source types. By the end of the course, you'll have no problem adopting source citation into your genealogy routine.


What You'll Learn

  • why source citations are important to your genealogy research
  • key elements of a source citation
  • what the different types of source citations are
  • how to write source citations
  • how to create templates for future citations
  • and much more!

DATE: May 23, 2023 -June 19, 2023

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1: What is a Source Citation?

  1. What are Source Citations
    1. Why you should use a citation
    2. When you should use a citation
    3. What makes an excellent citation
    4. Define: Source
    5. Define: Citation
  2. Purpose of a Source Citation
    1. 4 purposes of a citation
    2. Descriptions of the purposes
  3. Resources
    1. The Chicago Manual of Style
    2. Evidence Explained
    3. The BCG Standards Manual
    4. Mastering Genealogical Proof
  4. 5 Elements of a citation
    1. Listing of Key Elements
    2. Description of elements

Lesson 2: Types of Citations

  1. Chicago Humanities Style, NB System
    1. What is the NB system
    2. Bibliographic entries
    3. Endnotes vs footnotes
  2. Bibliographies and Source Lists
    1. What are the differences
    2. Creating a master list
    3. Examples of these types of entries
  3. 1st Reference Note
    1. Definition of a 1st reference note
    2. Examples of these types of entries
  4. 2nd Reference Note
    1. Definition of a 2nd reference note
    2. Examples of these types of entries
  5. Institution specific citations
    1. Why you need to know these citations
    2. How to use them in your work
    3. Examples

Lesson 3: Creating Source Citations

  1. Putting the required elements together
    1. When to you each type of citation
    2. Flow chart of pattern
    3. Grammar and punctuation rules
  2. Creating Source Citation Examples
    1. 1900 U.S. Federal Census
    2. Google Books
    3. Marriage Certificate
    4. Picture
    5. Vertical File
    6. Grave Marker
  3. Practice citations

Lesson 4: Creating Templates

  1. Build a Source Citation Workflow - 30-minute video
  2. Why you should create a template
  3. Creating a Template
    1. Genealogical templates vs institution specific
    2. Steps to make a template
    3. Generic Example
  4. Examples of 1st Reference Note Templates
    1. Commercial website U.S. Census record
    2. Digital Archives
    3. Local Case Files
    4. Online Databases
    5. Vital Records Certificates
  5. Last tips

About the Instructor

Shannon Combs-Bennett

Shannon Combs-Bennett, MSc, QG (Qualified Genealogist), PLCGS is an award-winning author and lecturer. She writes and speaks to groups across the US and internationally on a variety of topics, from genetic genealogy to methodology. Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science in biology with an emphasis in genetics from Indiana University and her Master of Science in Genealogic, Heraldic, and Paleographic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She won the IBPA silver award for her book Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes.

How do Family Tree University workshops work?

Take the course at your own pace! 

From the course start date, you’ll be able to log in to view and access your lessons and start interacting on the discussion boards. Your instructor will check in regularly to answer all of the questions and provide feedback. You will have access to your courses anytime, anywhere, with a computer, tablet or smartphone, and can study when it's most convenient for you.

After the course end date, the course will become read-only for one year. You will continue to have access through your dashboard to the materials, but the discussion boards will be closed. The materials are yours to keep. You can download them onto your desktop to access online or offline.

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