I'm slowly working through the process of gathering corroborating information on the voyages of one of my ancestors. However; I am beginning to find that some of the citations are quite complex due to the way in which the reference information is presented by the source.
I've tried to leverage the examples in the Evidence Explained book, but the solution to some situations eludes me.
Appended is one of my attempts. It indicates some of the issues I'm facing. I'd like to ask a few questions using it as an example. As always; any suggestions you have are welcome.
- To highlight the collection, is it permissible to place the collection first in a Source List Entry?
- If a reference has been accessed as a set of "browsable images", yet does have an index, need we state it as being a "database with browsable images"? (Note: Certain images aren't indexed.)
- When a form has preprinted text that describes the content that follows, is it permissible to use the em dash to indicate that the "title" of the blank and its contents belong together? Is there a better way?
- When indicating terms in a "trail of breadcrumbs" path, should one use parentheses or "square brackets" to indicate the field-name associated with an entry? Is there a better way?
- While quotation marks indicate something taken verbatim, to what extent should we employ them in contracting source list entries and references? (When the whole segment of a reference is not a quote, embedding quotes could result in "visual confusion".)
Source List Entry:
“UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960.” Browsable images. Ancestry. https://www.ancestry.ca/search/collections/ukoutwardpassengerlists : 2019.
Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors, Outwards Passenger Lists, browsable image, Name of Ship—Pretorian, Steamship Line—C.P.O.S., Date of Departure—March 31 1920, Where Bound—St John NB, Names and descriptions of British passengers embarking at the port of—Glasgow, p. 4 [penned], col. 1, contract ticket number 44689, Murison Charles; consulted as “UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960,” browsable images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.ca/search/collections/ukoutwardpassengerlists : downloaded 24 April 2019) > Glasgow (port) > 1920 (year) > March (month) > image 23; citing reference BT27 in The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England; See also images 20 and 32, which are the title and summary pages of the passenger list, for additional sailing details. Those images are only available via browsing.
Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors, Outwards Passenger Lists, browsable image, Name of Ship—Pretorian, Steamship Line—C.P.O.S., Date of Departure—March 31 1920, Where Bound—St John NB, Names and descriptions of British passengers embarking at the port of—Glasgow, p. 4 [penned], col. 1, contract ticket number 44689, Murison Charles.