Citation Issues

Citing Personal Bank Records and Bank Checks

Many of us have inherited bank documents, personal checks, and check registers of our ancestors. I am crafting an article and presentation about what we can learn about families by reviewing their old canceled checks. I would appreciate guidance on creating a citation for personal checks and check registers in footnotes, both as the initial and subsequent citations. I assume the same format you recommend for personal checks/registers would apply to business checks and registers.

Birth Certificate Index

I need to temporarily cite an entry in Ancestry's "New York, New York, U.S., Index to Death Certificates, 1862-1948" database.

Ancestry provide this information:

Source Citation

New York City Department of Records & Information Services; New York City, New York; New York City Death Certificates; Year: 1911

Source Information New York, New York, U.S., Index to Death Certificates, 1862-1948 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT. USA: 2020.

Citing search of entire website

I've got a statement i'm making

In the Northumberland area there are numerous David Cockburn records in Tynemouth, North Shields, Wallsend, Wooler, Berwick-upon-Tweed, and others.

That obviously needs a source but it isn't for a single database or record it is from the entire website. So this is my attempt to cite the search.

Short citation in table

When you have a table and you are putting the table citations in the last row of the table, can / should you use the short version of the citation?

One side of me says yes, the full citation is already in the document prior to the table so that is fine. The other side says, well the purpose of putting it in the table is so that if someone copies it, they have all the references. 


Personal letter

I’m privately printing my maternal grandfather’s diary written in a Field Message Book during the first two years of WWI. Among other things, I’m including scans of items in my, or a relative’s, possession. In the Reference List at the end of the book, I’m really stumped how to word the first part of a citation for a letter from my grandfather, William Robert Bruce, to my grandmother, his wife, Ethel Sarah (Phelps) Bruce. I'll just be showing the first page where he mentions being gone, "a whole year; one long year of separation."


Citing an emailed PDF transcript of an image copy of a manuscript

Dear Editor;

I've stumbled upon a case which, while no doubt covered by the EE book, absolutely defies my attempts to cobble together something sensible to use as a citation. There is; an emailed PDF of a manuscript transcription, an image copy that was transcribed and an original unfinished manuscript. There are just too many different types of citation elements to identify, generate and join together.

I would very much appreciate any advice that would help me plan how to attack the production of a citation to reflect the following.