Genealogy: Citing online sources

By Barry J. Ewell

The following are examples of how to cite online resources. When possible I include a URL address plus a physical address because email addresses tend to change.

Scanned image file

  • Description: Birth Certificate
  • Individual: Mary Jones
  • Details:  Certificate # 345-289
  • Date: 22 Oct 1938
  • Location: Spanish Fork, Utah
  • Scan Date:  24 Nov 2005
  • Image File Name:  JONES-Mary Jones Birth Certificate.tif
  • Scanned by: Barry Ewell, bj57barry@msn.com, Riverton, Utah
  • Address of Person Who Scanned Info:
  • Image Editing: Digitally retouched by Barry Ewell, Riverton, Utah, January 2006 to provide color correction to faded document. Data was not changed.
  • Formatted: Birth certificate of Mary Jones, Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, Certificate # 345-289, 22 Oct 1938, Image File: JONES-Mary Jones Birth Certificate.tif, scanned by Barry Ewell, [bj57barry@msn.com, Riverton, Utah], 20 November 2005.  [Image has been digitally retouched by Barry Ewell, Riverton, Utah, January 2006 to provide color correction to faded document. Data was not changed.]

Email message

  • Author: Igor Pleve
  • Email Address: igor@mt.ru
  • Message Title: 1857 Schondorf Census-Wagner Surname
  • Description of Email: Message to Barry Ewell
  • Date:  6 April 2004
  • Specific Location: Electronic file in possession of Barry Ewell
  • Detail: Description of 1857 Census, Schondorf, Russia with Wagner Surname
  • Form Used and Repository: Located in Wagner Surname Folder, Igor Pleve Correspondence, File Name Igor Pleve-1857 Shondorf Census-Wagner Surname
  • Formatted: Igor Pleve [igor@mt.ru], “1857 Shondorf Census-Wagner Surname,” Message to Barry Ewell, 6 April 2004, Electronic file in possession of Barry Ewell. [Description of 1857 Census, Schondorf, Russia with Wagner Surname, Located in Wagner Surname Folder>Igor Pleve Correspondence>File Name Igor Pleve-1857 Shondorf Census-Wagner Surname.]

Message board

  • Author: George Wright
  • Email Address:  gwabc97@hello.net
  • Message Title:  John Mullins 1789 White Hall, Virginia
  • Date:  23 March 2006
  • Message URL: http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/17_after.html?priority=0001000
  • Description: John Mullins family in Whitehall, Albemarle County, Virginia. Lineage of family and children from 1750 to 1804
  • Form Used and Repository: Copy downloaded and in the possession of Barry Ewell, Located in Mullins surname Folder>Message Board-Mullins>John Mullins 1750-1804
  • Formatted: George Wright [gwabc97@hello.net], John Mullins 1789 White Hall, Virginia, 23 March 2006 [http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/17_after.html?priority=000100], John Mullins family in Whitehall, Albemarle County, Virginia, Lineage of family and children from 1750 to 1804], Copy downloaded and in the possession of Barry Ewell, Located in Mullins Surname Folder>Message Board-Mullins>John Mullins 1750-1804.

Website file

  • Description: Ewell Family Organization
  • Individual: Family line of Francis Marion Ewell
  • Website Address: http://www.ewellfamily.org/
  • Date: 29 June 2006
  • e. Detail: Downloaded Franklin Marion Ewell Gedcom. Reviewed data and includes detail and sources. Compiled by Ginger Hall
  • Form Used and Repository: Copy in the possession of Barry Ewell, Located in Ewell Surname Folder>Gedcoms,>Francis Marion Ewell
  • Formatted: Family line of Francis Marion Ewell, Ewell Family Organization, , June 29, 2006 [Downloaded Franklin Marion Ewell Gedcom, Reviewed data and includes detail and sources, Compiled by Ginger Hall], Copy in the possession of Barry Ewell, Located in Ewell Surname Folder>Gedcoms,>Francis Marion Ewell.

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