The best citation i can come up with is the following. Am I wrong in creating a title for the database when that isn't the title? Could this citation be used for all 3 records? If not how should it vary for each? Many online databases also lack titles—especially at websites where one centralized search-box covers many different records. We are all grateful that the West Virginia State Archives and the Genealogical Society of Utah have launched this digitization project and are making the images available on line.
The basic principle for citing untitled things is this: We create a descriptive identifier that we use in place of a title, but we do not put quotation marks around our words because we are not quoting anything. The first part of EE 2. Scanning the website you used, we see another solution to your dilemma—one based on the following observations:. All things considered, the clearest approach for those who use your citation—or for you when you come back to your citation after you have mentally gone cold about the site itself—would seem to be this:.
Image data: The details you give about the specific document are headed in the right direction. Given that the image you are looking at carries a register title at the top of the page, it would be best to cite that exactly, in quotation marks, followed by the page numbers that are also visible on the image.
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ADesc, you raise an interesting issue. Can you point us to one of the actual documents that carry a number of this type? As a rule, if a document carries a number as, say, certificates often do , then we would usually cite "Document No. But, as a rule, we would not say that the provider of the document was "citing LDS microfilm roll , image " unless the provider actually provided a citation that carried that fuller explanation. It seems that most all the death certificates have them - I did a random search for John Smith who died in and the first image i looked at had one.
ADesc, the records at these two links do present an interesting use of those numbers. As used and as we expected the numbers are not self-explanatory. Each appears to be used by the site as its own "image number" and, at numerous other sites in the rapidly changing world of the Internet, those image numbers have also undergone changes. I had used West Virginia Archives and History as the website creator because they hold the copyright for the content as noted at the bottom of the search results page.
Would you agree with this practice? What is different from the previous above discussion is I got to this website through a link from FamilySearch. At the record abstract page, I learned the film number for the record FHL microfilm , and image number There was a button to go to the partner site, which brought me to the actual image of the marriage at West Virginia Division of Culture and History website.
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Again as above, there is no identification as to what I'm looking at. I am wondering if I should include FamilySearch as a layer for this citation. O, 1, 2 , which without looking at the actual film would be hard to determine which volume.
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Let's first walk through a process you've probably already done; but we'll do it here for the benefit of readers:. Clicking on "Marriage" sends us to a page headed "Search Marriage Records. That leads us to a page with 1 result for "William G. But, nowhere yet, have I seen any identification of the register in which that page appears. And, as you say, the site doesn't tell us that the images are made from microfilm. Marriage of William G. The images are often FamilySearch although sometimes they aren't indexed.
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