Sources & Citations Series – Introduction

Sources & Citations SeriesOver the course of the last few Introduction to One-Name Studies courses I have been asked a number of questions and thought that it was worth sharing them here. Over the course of the next few weeks I will share the questions and subsequent discussion. I hope you find it interesting.

Having just completed my recent series – Strategy for a Genealogical Project we are now going to move along to a series about Sources and Citations. This series will be of use and interest to genealogists and those undertaking specific projects, such as One-Name Studies, One-Place Studies, researching buildings etc. I shall also mention about collating a repositories list, although I may well come back to that later in the year, as a regular feature, so stay tuned for that.

Here is the series line up:

  1. Differences between sources and citations
  2. What is a source?
    1. primary sources
    2. secondary sources
    3. what is NOT a source
  3. What is a citation?
  4. What is the point of recording citations?
  5. References & Guidance for Citations
  6. Are sources ever wrong?
  7. Repository lists
  8. Genealogical Proof Standard
  9. Approaches to writing Citations
  10. Creating your own citations and guidance for others.

Some of this is covered in the Introduction to One-Name Studies course, and some of this discussion, assumes that researchers understand the differences  & appreciates the value of sources, citations and creating a Repository list.


About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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2 Responses to Sources & Citations Series – Introduction

  1. BookerTalk says:

    Looking forward to this Julie. I understand the difference between a source and citation but get confused about the format for the latter.

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    • Karen, I personally think there is quite a lot of hype about the format of citations. To my mind, as long as there is some citation then that is good enough. In a perfect world, as a history graduate it should be perfect, but as long as you and others can find their way back to the document or source information then that is ok. The writing of citations can be learnt over time, and as we evolve as historians, so too does our perfection on citations etc.


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