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# Monday, April 20, 2009
Can Genealogy Web Sites Make it Easier to Cite Sources?
Posted by Diane

Wouldn’t it be great if you could find information about your ancestor on a database site such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch or Footnote, and just click to add the ancestor information and a properly formatted source citation to your genealogy software?

Mark Tucker, the software architect who blogs at Think Genealogy, says the technology exists to make this happen. He created a video to prove it.

It sure looks simple: On a sample Web site he'd set up, Tucker clicks a "quick citation" link next to digitized pages from a family history book. Then, switching back to his RootsMagic 4 software, he shows how the source citation and information about his ancestor has been automatically exported to the software. (Tucker says this also could work in Family Tree Maker 2009 and Legacy Family Tree 7.)

At the end of the video, he encourages you to contact database companies you use to encourage them to adopt this easy method of source citation. You also can take a survey about your source citation needs.


Genealogy Industry | Genealogy Software | Videos
Monday, April 20, 2009 8:34:15 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [6]
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 6:58:19 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hello Diane,
I tried to get into the link for "Think Genealogy" and couldn't. I wanted to subscribe to his blogs or RSS feed.
Could you check it out. Thank you very much and I enjoy readying your posts also.

Helen
Helen Clifford
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:51:35 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Huh, the ThinkGenealogy link in the blog post seems to be working fine. Maybe there was a temporary problem with the site. If you're still unable to access the site by clicking the link in this blog post, try typing this into your browser: www.thinkgenealogy.com

Definitely a good one to subscribe to!
Diane
Friday, April 24, 2009 9:11:17 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I love looking for families of the past but I have a problem with my program; it keeps multiplying and I have no idea why....How do I keep my genealogy from duplicating or who could I ask this question?

Mary
Mary Lubbe
Friday, April 24, 2009 9:25:07 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hi, Mary,
Which program do you use? Contacting the manufacturer is probably your best bet. (If you use Family Tree Maker software, please note that we here at Family Tree Magazine are not affiliated with Family Tree Maker. That's a common assumption:) But you can visit the help section at www.familytreemaker.com for assistance.)
Diane
Diane
Friday, April 24, 2009 12:56:09 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I think it unwise to encourage downloading any information directly into one's genealogy database. Some sites give citation information in copy and paste form, and it would be helpful if all sites did the same. That way, information can be downloaded, tagged with the citation, evaluated, analyzed, abstracted if necessary and only then, after validation, added to one's personal database.
Gene Kuechmann
Monday, April 27, 2009 11:49:59 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Yes, caution needs to be taken when downloading and linking sources but I could see where it could be efficient and useful for some people. However, I question it's usefulness within my own scheme of filing digital records and citation methods. The method in the video seems similar to FTM 2009's download and linking of source citations of Ancestry records. I choose not to use FTM's 2009 record download functionality because there is no opportunity to select where to file and what to name the downloaded record so I'd have to do that manually anyway. The efficiency of the linking depends on the complexity of the record and your own citation scheme. In many cases, I can do things manually just as quickly as through the FTM 2009 series of decision of what data to download and cite. That being said, maybe there is functionality not shown in the video that would address my concerns.
Linda
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