Comments on: Advanced Research Tip: Always Cite Your Sources and What does that Mean Anyway? The official blog of Ancestry Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:36:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: carobellaterry1 carobellaterry1 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:17:46 +0000 Echo all the above comments. As a newbie (2 months) to genealogy and Ancestry., I am still learning the intricacies of how the Ancestry website works. I really wish that there was a special dedicated space for Newbies showing step by step instructions on how to do stuff like – how to record sources and citations, for instance.

Only found out about Citations and Resources in the last 10 days. It is easier when looking for answers to put questions into Google (where I found this article) than through the Ancestry website.

This article is good and posts are interesting too so thank you to the author and the comments that followed.

However, I really need practical advice please.

My problems are :

1 Where to record the information if I have obtained a BMD certs from GRO (UK) – need step by step instruction – baby steps please with illustrations if poss.

2 How to record the information – what is the accepted protocol?

Many thanks

By: Michael Michael Wed, 30 Oct 2013 05:37:38 +0000 Thanks, Leana – that got me pointed in the right direction for cross-saving some naturalization records. I saved them directly from the record to multiple people in the tree. But there’s still not the freedom to source all the relevant facts that you can see on the record but aren’t indexed (for instance, marriage dates on these naturalization petitions).

By: Pat in Dallas Pat in Dallas Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:46:53 +0000 My I echo Paul’s comments (Post #11) regarding “genealogists” who post from other’s trees, or worse find a historical figure with the same name and “force” their tree to that person without any documentary basis.

Paul, the only worse thing for the posting data citing as the source another’s family tree IS WHERE THE PERSON WHO IS REFERRED TO IS YOUR FATHER! AND the data is 100% wrong! This happened to me, and I notified very strongly 2 posters of their errors. Neither changed their posting or family tree on I feel there is nothing that I can do!!!

Ancestry Anne, you may file this is “what the heck” but I truly have enjoyed your posts; the topics; and the great and informative responses. PLEASE keep posting and posting on facebook!


By: Leana Rosentrater Leana Rosentrater Sat, 26 Oct 2013 17:47:35 +0000 to #9 Michael, here are the complicated instructions for adding sources to a person on your tree without them being indexed–
if you have found a source like a book or a history that mentions your ancestor here are the steps– 1st open a new tab– 2nd go to search on this 2nd open tab (not your tree) the search on the homepage-click on card catalog down at the bottom –3rd copy and paste the name of the book or resource from your 1st open ancestry tab onto the space in your search that says “TITLE” do not put it in the keyword space (copy from the white part of your 1st open tab not the subchapter of your resource that is in the black part of the page) –4th when the search comes up open the book by clicking on the results (they will be highlighted in green on the right) –5th go back to your 1st tab where you found your ancestor and look at the page number NOT ancestory’s indexed page number at the bottom but the true page number on the page–insert that into the search on your 2nd open tab then click the button exact next to the page number you have entered and that will be the page you need now indexed–save this to your person on your tree from the 2nd open tab–
if you need to save this record to more than one person click on it after you have added it to the 1st person (click on it from their homepage) and it will be indexed so you can–after it is opened again save it to your second person–if you need the next page in a series you will have to run an exact page number search on the next page in that 2nd tab or it will not index it for you

complicated but it works–if you need further help or more info contact me at

By: Paul K. Graham, CG, AG Paul K. Graham, CG, AG Sat, 26 Oct 2013 15:54:10 +0000 Another important reason to cite sources is so that *other people* can evaluate the evidence you used and make a better decision about whether they need to repeat the research. When people see that you use quality sources, they give your work more credibility.

Have you seen an Ancestry member tree where all the sources are other member trees (poor quality)? Then, have you seen another tree for the same family with numerous links to censuses, death certificates, marriage records, military records, and grave markers (high quality)? The one citing other trees requires us to re-research and find the original sources. The one with sources allows us to quickly verify that the documents were interpreted correctly, but we don’t have to spend the time trying to find them.

By: Puidwen Puidwen Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:57:57 +0000 I think anyone properly train in citations would throw a fit if they ever saw mine, but i do, do it for the second reason they mentioned. So i can tell what’s good hard fact.

By: Michael Michael Sat, 26 Oct 2013 06:28:26 +0000 It would be great if gave us improved resources for this – specifically for records where relatives are mentioned, but not indexed. Naturalization documents in particular can have lots of great information about spouse and children, but no easy way (at least no way I have found) to link that record to both the referenced, non-indexed person and the particular facts that the document supports. I could cite my sources even better if gave me that flexibility – or if I knew how to access the flexibility that may already be there. Thanks!

By: Ancestry Anne Ancestry Anne Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:26:50 +0000 Mary, if you obtained them from the state or county itself, that is fine.

If you got them from another subscription site, you should check their terms of service.

By: Mary Mary Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:25:22 +0000 I have obtained death certificates and marriage certificates from different states for several ancestors. Is it okay to scan these and put them on as pictures?

By: Ancestry Anne Ancestry Anne Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:39:14 +0000 FHC librarian, I loved reading your comment and identified with much of it. I didn’t think about the reason: Because someone else is hopefully pick up your research. Excellent. :-)