Re: FH7 Evidence Based (Source-driven Data Entry) Templates

Kai Chandler

On 12/05/2021 09:13, Adrian Bruce wrote:

On Wed, May 12, 2021, 04:38 Dennis <dpb.genealogy@...> wrote:

.... But this does beg the question as to why 2 different online databases would put forth entirely different citations. 

Remember that even academic citation styles differ - Harvard, Chicago, APA, etc... All different. Different companies include or emphasize different things on their genealogy sites. Ancestry tends to tell you how many reels there are in the microfilm publication, eg. But there is also a fundamental difference between the FS and Ancestry citations that you quoted - FS take you right in to the individual document / image in the one citation. Ancestry do theirs differently - one part of their citation just goes down to the film or collection (maybe). The individual detail is on a separate tab for want of a better term. If you look at the Ancestry citation you quoted, it just goes down to the film (number 2). The details of the individual are there on Ancestry (I'd guess) but on a different tab (?).

Another stylistic difference (if you care to batter your head any more) is that Ancestry give you two citations for the price of one. Firstly, they cite their film (say), including a reference to the original source but then they give you an independent citation for the original source as well. 

Another difference - quite justifiable - is that if you notice, the start date of the collection varies - Ancestry starts theirs on 1917, FS on 1906. One might *guess* that the Ancestry collection is closer to the collection at the original archives, whereas I'd guess that FS have bundled more than one collection from the original archives into just one collection on FS. It's a perfectly legitimate tactic but it pays to be aware of it if you ever start thinking back to what the original data looked like. This sort of thing really is important, whereas the (often tongue in cheek) discussions about whether it's a semicolon or a full stop, might not be... 

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