I get lots of emails asking which SourceWriter template I would use to cite certain kinds of documents. Today I received one asking about citing an online death certificate. Since I have a few minutes before the end of my "official" work day, I thought I'd add my response to a new blog post here.
After locating Carrie Brown's death certificate in the Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 database at Ancestry, I downloaded the image, moved it to the appropriate folder on my hard drive, and renamed it. Here's what the folder looks like now:
Next, I set up Legacy's Source Clipboard with 1) the master source and 2) the source details.
To get started, I opened the Source Clipboard, clicked on the link for "Step 1", searched the Master Source List to see if I've previously created the master source for this collection, and then clicked on the Add button. Below is the specific source template I selected.
Then I filled in the fields as follows:
After clicking Save, I filled in the source details as follows:
And then I gazed at the Output Preview on the right and felt so happy that my citations were automatically crafted for me by Legacy AND that they adhere to the standards as set in Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained.
I then analyzed the data on the certificate and pasted the citation from the clipboard to the relevant pieces of data.
Of course, there's much more to the research process than just adding data and citations. But for the purposes of answering the question of which SourceWriter template would I use for an online death certificate, I hope this will lead you in the right direction.
If you want to see the research and data entry in action, check out my two webinar recordings:
- Watch Geoff Live: Adding Online Records to Legacy (free through July 20, 2016)
- Watch Geoff Live: Adding a Death Certificate
Or if you want the research process and data entry in print, check out Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked!