Editor, I have a doozy for you. Let me begin by saying that I am trying, without much success, to obtain copies of an original "Judgement and Decree in Partition" from 1888/89 Andrew County, Missouri. Assuming that I cannot find the original, I will need to cite scanned images of a typescript copy of the decree that I received via email. Here are the particulars:
- The decree is in the case of Philip Burns who died intestate in Andrew County, Missouri in January 1886. The date of the court case, which names over 200 people connected in some way to Mr. Burns, is 13 December 1888, and another date, presumably the final date listed on the outside of the case file, is 1 April 1889.
- I was informed in a post on a Facebook genealogy page of the existence of a typescript copy of the decree which was made by the deceased authors of a family book published 30 years ago.
- I was informed via email by the author of the Facebook post that the copy was in the possession of the unidentified daughter of one of the authors of that family book.
- In a series of subsequent emails with the author of the post, I received scans of the 18 pages of the typescript copy of the case.
So... How in the world do I cite this typescript copy? Here is my first attempt at crafting a citation, and I know that there are probably numerous problems with it. So can you help me and others who may have a similar document to cite?
Andrew County, Missouri, probate case files, Philip Burns (1888), “Judgement and Decree in Partition,” 1 April 1889; repository unknown; scans of a typescript copy received by Greg Lovelace [my address], 15-16 September 2022 via email from [author of Facebook post with address and email for personal use]. The copy was apparently (according to a Facebook message, [date of message], from [author's name] on the "[name of the Facebook genealogy page]“ page) made by authors of The Lowman Story of Faith, Hope, Hard Work, and Dreams (published in 1992 by Gateway Press), reportedly supplied by the daughter (unidentified) of one of the authors.