Both Ancestry and FamilySearch provide the same database (with FamilySearch’s data coming from Ancestry’s data).
From FamilySearch (virtually identical at Ancestry):
- Name: George Judge
- Event Type: Death
- Event Date: 20 Dec 1895
- Event Place: Mechanicsmurg, Indiana
- Age: 74
- Birth Year (Estimated): 1821
- Gender: Male
- Race: W
- Affiliate Repository Place: County Health Office, New Castle
- Source Reference: The source of this record is the book CSS-2 on page 113 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration.
For our reference, FamilySearch has built a sample source note as follows:
- "Indiana Death Index, 1882-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZ7X-WRV : 3 December 2014), George Judge, 20 Dec 1895; from "Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2003); citing Mechanicsmurg, Indiana, County Health Office, New Castle, The source of this record is the book CSS-2 on page 113 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration., Indiana Words Projects Administration.
There are several things wrong with this note, but it is not my purpose of this thread to analyze all of its details. Not to mention that this is a derivitive source times, what, four?
I am interested specifically in what the record has as its source in the “Source Reference” field.
“The source of this record is the book CSS-2 on page 113 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration.”
If I were to drive down to New Castle, go to the Health Department, ask for Death Book CSS-2, and check page 113, should I expect to find death information for George Judge? If I take this source note at face value, then book CSS-2 was created by the WPA and not by the Health Department.