I would like to start a discussion about rating source-citations. Below are some steps to rate a source-citation in Family Tree Maker 2008.
Family Tree Maker lets you rate the reliability of your sources. You can rate each source-citation to note both the legibility of the source as well as its potential accuracy (i.e., primary source, secondary source, family legend, etc.).
|To do this||Do this|
|Use your own rating system||In the Quality score section, click the number of stars to indicate your rating. The more stars you choose, the higher the quality of the source-citation as it pertains to that fact.Note: In the Ratings column, self-rated stars appear in blue. |
|Use a standardized rating system||Click the Use standardized ratings checkbox. Choose how to rate the source: |
Note: In the Ratings column, standardized stars appear in gold.
Note that source-citation ratings measure the quality of a source-citation as it applies to a specific fact rather than to the quality of the source or source-citation in general. That is because a single record may provide excellent proof for one fact but marginal proof for another. For instance, a census record often lists a person’s name and age at the time of the census. Thus, that single record provides fairly good proof of the person’s name (3 or 4 stars), and only a vague reference to a birth date (1 or 2 stars).
Please let me know your thoughts on rating source-citations.
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