I have in my possession:
- A scanned image provided digitally (by the UK Government Online Probate Search Service) of the 'Administration' (Admon) for my father's estate.
- Scanned images provided digitally (by the UK Government Online Probate Search Service) of the Grant of Probate for my aunt's estate and of her will (separate documents).
- The original Grant of Probate (with seal) for my mother's estate with a paper copy of her will annexed.
- An official copy of the Grant of Probate for my mother's estate (also with seal).
- A photocopy of my mother's will provided by her solicitors.
I'm struggling how to show the differences between the different routes by which the documentation has reached me in the relevant citations (and in some instances how to create the citation at all).
Problem 1: For documents ordered via the UK Government Online Probate Search Service, the digital copy is only made available for a limited time to a named individual, so citing the document as if it was still online for others would be misleading. So I'd plan to cite these with the emphasis on the original, and then identify the website. For example (my father's Admon):
District Probate Registry at Birmingham (Warwickshire, England). Letters of Administration for the estate of Ronald Charles Wright dated 4 March 1969. Digital Image. probatesearch.service.gov.uk: 4 September 2016.
Or should it be:
Ronald Charles Wright, Letters of Administration dated 4 March 1969; District Probate Registry at Birmingham (Warwickshire, England). Digital Image, Government Probate Seach Service ( probatesearch.service.gov.uk: accessesd 4 September 2016).
(I can't find on the website an official name for it).
Problem 2: How to cite the original grant of probate with annexed copy will for my mother (bound as a single document)? The authors of the two documents are different but do I need to cite an author for the will if I name whose will it was?
I have for the original:
Agnes Margaret Wright, Grant of Probate dated 9 July 1987 with annexed will (copy) for Agnes Margaret Wright dated 25 October 1979; The Principal Registry of the Family Division (England).
And for the copy grant:
Agnes Margaret Wright, Grant of Probate dated 9 July 1987 (official copy); The Principal Registry of the Family Division (England).
And for the photo-copy will:
Agnes Margaret Wright, will (copy) dated 25 October 1979; The Principal Registry of the Family Division (England).
As I said, I'm struggling...