Re: How do I see the full citation
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I struggled with the "lumper vs. splitter" idea for ages, then one day, the light bulb went on.
Some programs like Family Tree Maker have a different way for handling sources where you can load all the 'top-level' information about a source so you don't have to repeat yourself over and over again, and a section where you put the information for the individual citation (the one certificate you may be looking at). When I was just starting out in genealogy, this baffled me, but after reading the lumper/splitter debates on the FHUG forum, I finally started to get it.
The program Clooz allows the user a lot of flexibility about how you enter the information. Their video on Source Citations talks about various options there. Getting Started with Clooz video 4: Entering Documents (Source Citations)
But when all else fails, I like to go to the Evidence Explained website, read the forum and lessons, and then think about what's there.
Some links about FamilySearch and layered citations:
QuickLesson 25: ARKs, PALs, Paths & Waypoints (Citing Online Providers of Digital Images)
Layered Source Citations: What Comes First?
I wonder if some of the problem is that the templates may not be set up to capture all the layers of layered citations.
However you record things, the basic principle is to cite what you use. A certificate you view from FamilySearch should be cited differently than a certified copy ordered directly from Cook County, or acquired via the Illinois State Genealogical Society's program, because they may not be exactly the same. In England and Wales, the copy obtained from the local record office may not have exactly the same information as one from the GRO. And so on.