Genealogy: Tips for documenting your sources

By Barry J. Ewell

Do it right the first time! Whether the source is a newspaper, journal, court record, personal interview, letter or church record, write everything down while you still have the source in your hands.

The following are a few of the lessons I’ve learned about the value of documenting your sources:

Sources you can rely on. No one has a perfect memory, and some sources will have worse memories than others. The only source you can rely on is an “official” one: birth, marriage, death documents and other confirmable databases and indices. Even if Continue reading