Thursday, December 1, 2011

Creating a Citation for a Family Bible

One of my goals this year is to become more comfortable with writing citations.  Citations for some documents like deeds or online census records are ones that I create fairly frequently.  There are always those more unique documents that come my way once in a blue moon. 

The Edwards Family Bible that I recently acquired is one example. I will have to carefully read the citation formula as presented in Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills. I'm going to give it a whirl here on my blog so you can see what it looks like.  If I need to tweak it a bit let me know.

Explanations for citing information from a Family Bible can be found on pages 140-141 of Evidence Explained.

Jacob Sanders Glen Edwards, Family Bible Records, 1848-1908, The Holy Bible (Philadelphia: William W. Harding, 1867), "Marriages, Births and Deaths", Privately held by Marian Edwards Pierre-Louis, [Address for private use,] Massachusetts, 2011. [Bible was a gift of a gentleman from Long Island who held it his possession for the previous 30 years.  Originally a gift to J.S.G. Edwards from his mother in 1868. Entries with the exception of two fall after the publication date and seem to be individually written as they happened.]


  1. A great goal, Marian! One I know I should do too!

  2. I am struggling with my citations, so I'm certainly no expert; it appears to me that you have written a very clear citation. If I were connected to a New England Edwards family I would come knocking to your [blog] door to see if the bible could give me needed information; and that is what a citation is supposed to do.

    Of course, you previous blog has already shared the information. But the point of citations is to help others follow your research trail or to learn from other researchers as they follow personal trails.

    As I said above, I believe you citation meets that point.

  3. That's one thing I really appreciate about Legacy: the SourceWriter. I don't yet own a copy of Evidence Explained, but the citation templates included with Legacy enable me to create proper citations by merely answering some questions.