Citation Issues

It's complicated

I've been all through the EE book and I can't figure out how to cite the following book.  

It was originally printed in 1948 in Wilton, Conn and the name of the publisher was not included.  The copy of the book I have is from the Library of Congress in microform format.  Using the Quick Check Models, I can't decide whether to use Book: Reprint or Image Copies Microfilm Publication.  I've uploaded a description of the book from the Library of Congress Catalog.  

Citing court records of Scottish "Wills and Testaments"

Dear Editor;

I note that EE sec. 9.56 (3rd ed.) gives examples for Scottish birth records, which gives some insight into how one might address citing other ScotlandsPeople records. I'm interested in how it could be adapted to citing the "Wills and Testaments" available on that site, since the noted citation format is far shorter than what I've been using.

Citing Hathi Trust Digital Library

Help!  I've been all through Evidence Explained and I can't make up my mind how to cite the following book in the Hathi Trust Digital Library.  Which citation model do I need to use?

Maryland records, colonial, revolutionary, county and church, from original sources, by Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh.  The chapter title is Tombstone inscriptions from the original church yard of All Saints Parish, Frederick, Maryland, page 265.


Abbreviations in Citations

Dear Editor;

I'm familiar with EE 3rd ed. section, "2.56 Abbreviations, Standard." I note that there are some abbreviations that I've seen used in citations and which are not addressed. I understand that your list cannot show all the ones we may need. Is there a generally accepted reference for abbreviations, which might provide additional accepted ones?

Citing FamilySearch Databases vs Catalogs/Collections

Dear Editor,

Hopefully my query falls within the scope of this forum! I'm struggling to understand and differentiate between the various 'collections' at FamilySearch in order to craft an accurate citation...

Take the following image (leaving aside the issue of persistent URLs):

Citing Announcements from sites like

Dear Editor;

I've tried to follow the lead of the example for, "Newspaper Articles (Online Images)," p. 808, 3rd ed., Evidence Explained.

However; I have some questions about citing the situation in which there is no author, an inadequate title and no parent collection.

Here is my attempt at citing such a case:

Source List Entry

Citing/Not Citing the Record Office

Hi, all. I questioned someone about her citation, and she pointed me to page 389/90 in EE's 3rd edition. The problem I had with her citation is that she only cited the FHL film and not the original record. Here's what EE says under "Citing the Record Office" in the last sentence: "In your First Reference Note, you do not have to cite the original record office, because you did not actually use the original records, although many researchers do prefer to include it." 

Citing the National Probate Index for Scotland

Dear Editor;

On Ancestry, I found images of the 1932, Volume M-Z, National Probate Index for [Edinburgh] Scotland. It a court register, which was "Duplicated by His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1926." I don't know if it was originally in manuscript form and was typed in order to duplicate it.

The situation is a bit complicated and I would appreciate your advice on how to deal with this.

"image 360" is the title page, which provides a lot of information on the identity of the document.

"image 409" is the page on which the data for Charles Murison appears.

Ancestry Source-of-the-Source Issues

Dear Editor;

I've read over QuickLesson 26. I've done this several times. However; I still find citing the source of the Ancestry info to be the single most frustrating aspect of using their data.

I understand that we should use the form, "citing ' [Ancestry's stated source-of-source]'." Unfortunately; the punctuation, element ordering and lack of completeness of the stated information, often drives me crazy. The latter point introduces the risk that the data cannot easily be found, even of the noted original site.