How to cite a source that was sent to me by a relative?

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I have a PDF of part of my family history that has been gathered by a distant cousin. She recently sent this to me to help with my research. How would I go about citing this or making it available for others to link to for reference? I am new at this and struggling with formatting and adding sources and such
in Policy and Style by Angelyn Schmitz G2G3 (3.5k points)
Angelyn, if you want to make the document available for others to use, you may be able to upload it to a free-space page, and then you and others can use links to that page:

A .pdf file is handled just like a photo.  If it's larger than 10MB you would probably have to break it into smaller pieces.
Thank you so much for the help. I have created a free space profile and was able to add it in. It will be great to be able to link to people with it as a source as most of the information was gathered before 1965 by my recently found cousin. She even sent me letters that she has received from my grandmother from the 60's and 70's. A very nice little snippet of information that I would have never known without it

2 Answers

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This depends on whether this material was published or unpublished. If published, there will be a standard format. If unpublished, do a search for “citing unpublished resources” and you will get results from the major style manuals, such as APA or Chicago Manual of Style.

Citing unpublished work is problematic since it may be difficult to impossible for others to see.
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (352k points)
+2 votes

This is how I cited a genealogy I inherited using the format:

Author (last name, first name) if there is one; Title of the genealogy if there is one;  Place of publication if there is one;  Publisher if there is one; Date if there is one. 

In the case of the record below, the document was hand-written by my cousin Ort. Skip whatever parts of the citation you lack.

Bachelor, Ort L. ''Taylor ~ Smith Family Record Property of Orra Burch This Record includes only the trees of the Taylors and Smith Families as given in my Record book.'' Undated.

by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (202k points)
Thank you for your help. Now I know a better way to put the wording as this is all new to me

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