Citing Your Sources

Have you come across genealogical material that did not cite their sources? Did it leave you wondering exactly how the author reached their conclusions? You're not alone. Unfortunately, many family tree historians fail to cite their sources of information, leaving others unable to duplicate and verify their findings. It also calls into question the accuracy of your findings.

The thought of citing your sources may bring back dark memories of your high school English teacher, but it is an important part of genealogy research. It isn't quite as difficult as you think. Ideally, you want to give enough information about your sources that another researchers can follow your path themselves.

There is an excellent free ebook on documenting your genealogy sources available.


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