Sorry this is so long. After reading thru some of the QuickLesson's and searching the forum, I realize I may be doing some of my citations incorrectly.
Census - I have been citing the census year, state, county, page, person(s), repository as FamilySearch. From my reading I should also be citing the database at FamilySearch not just them as a repository? The same for other documents (i.e. marriage record, wills, deeds, etc) obtained from FamilySearch?
Also, I am not sure how to handle original documents that are in my/our possession. I am referring here to things like my and my husbands birth certificates, marriage certificate, etc.
My birth certificate is a photocopy of form a filed in by hand from the state of SC with a stamp stating that it a certified copy of the original certificate on file in the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the SC State Board of Health. Since this came from the state, it would be a state issued document if I'm reading things right. Is repository the state of SC or personal files? At some point not too long after my parents used it to get my SS # and card, they let me have it and I kept it various places over the years. If personal files is OK, do I need date of transfer to my custody?
My (decorative) "Certificate of Birth" issued by the hospital where I was born would be handled as an artifact?
A similar question with my husbands birth certificate. The difference is that his mother obtained it from the local County Health Dept. (KY). The form was filled out on a typewriter and on the back is a note signed by the "Special Agent US Public Health Service, County Health Dept., "I [name] certify that this is true copy of a copy on file in the Harrison County Health Department" but with no date. My husband's mother kept this with her papers for a number of years and at some point (unremembered) gave it to my husband. Since this was obtained at the local county level it would be cited as a local government document and not a state document even though it has "Commonwealth of Kentucky" on the form? Do I need info about it passing from mother to son, etc? Repository county? state? personal files?
More recently, my husband obtained a new birth certificate (different format of course) directly from the state of KY; this would be handled as a state level document. State as repository? Anything else required?
The marriage certificate we received a few weeks after our marriage. It is a form with blanks filled in (dot matrix printer it looks like) with with names and dates taken from the License and what the minister sent to the County Clerk and notes the book and page this information can be found and states it is "a true and accurate record of the marriage license as recorded...". Since this is not the license itself (which has much more information) is it treated as an artifact? County level document? Certified extract of a county level document by a county official?
The "Certificate of Person Performing Marriage Ceremony" that the minister gave us would be an artifact?
Genealogy programs that use EE principles for templates to help you cite sources seem to have somewhat different ways of breaking them down into categories.