Wikitree standards for citing German church records from

+8 votes

I'm still very new at putting together WikiTree profiles. Could somebody from the German Roots project please look at my profile for Johannes Geschwind ( and tell me whether I'm citing the church records from correctly?  Thanks!

WikiTree profile: Johannes Geschwind
in Policy and Style by Living Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (83.9k points)

5 Answers

+9 votes
In the case of sources behind a pay wall it is important to give as much detail as possible, which you did naming the parish, the archive, the type of record. The only thing I would change is not only giving the link (which does only go to a page telling us that we are not authorized to see the record) but actually listing Archion as the source.
by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (553k points)
Thank you very much for looking at this for me!
+5 votes

I have fixed the links in your references which addresses what Helmut suggested. And is more accurate for sourcing on wikitree. I think you have done a fantastic job. I enjoyed reading the profile and the one for his father. Well done with LNAB (last name at birth) for the father's surname change. You have recorded that information perfectly also! smiley

by Kylie Haese G2G6 Mach 7 (79.0k points)
Thank you for fixing the links - and for the encouraging feedback!
You are most welcome.
+6 votes
Very nice profile!  The only other thing you might want to do is upload a pdf of the record.  Last time I read the Archion license it said there were no restrictions on the pdf's you download.  Of course most of the subscriptions limit the number pdf's you can download, so you might not have them for every record you cite.

In my case, my ability to transcribe the old script and translate to English is somewhat limited so I'm always hopeful someone else will look at the pdf and add something I missed, but so far that hasn't happened.
by Paige Kolze G2G6 Mach 3 (35.8k points)
Thank you for your comment, Paige! Yeah, I guess a PDF would be nice, but even on my annual subscription I am limited to 600 downloads, and I will end up with lots more than 600 references! I would also like to think that serious researchers into German genealogy will eventually become archion subscribers (and I do think the site is definitely worthy of support - I am now able to do this from home at relatively little cost, while my father in 1990 had to travel to Germany and knock on the door of various parish offices to accomplish anything. But the site does need support - it is already so popular that at times it is difficult to get their page to load, so I suspect they could use the money for some server upgrades).

Oh, and if you have some German entries you'd like me to look at, I'd be more than happy to help.
Thanks for your kind offer of lookups, but I don't need anything at the moment.
+6 votes

I suggest you put the fact that it's on Archion to the front and let us not assume it from the link:

"German Church Books online", digital images, Archion ( > Kurhessen-Waldeck: Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel > Wolfhagen > Wolfhagen > Tauf 1830-1846 > Nummer 19 ....

Is "Nummer 19" called "Bild 19" = "Image 19" on the website/in the viewer? If so, I would use "Bild 19" as you already give navigation details.

Given the explicit mention of Archion and its URL you can hide the URL to the detail page:

"German Church Books online", digital images, Archion ( > Kurhessen-Waldeck: Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel > Wolfhagen > Wolfhagen > Tauf 1830-1846 > Bild 19  ....

You may want to add the access date to the main url of Archion "( : accessed on 26 July 2020)" because who knows what will look like in 20 years. Plus, it's standard for citing URLs.

The fact that the original source is from "Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel" is already in the description so I think mentioning the original source (the name of the archive where you can find the physical church book) is not necessary in this case.

Note: I used this article as inspiration.

by Erik Pischel G2G5 (5.8k points)
Thank you for your comments, Erik. That format does make sense.

As for the "Nummer 19" - this is a case where a Taufbuch has no page numbers, but has sequentially numbered each baptism, so this is baptism nr. 19 (near the very beginning of the book). Should I make this more explicit by labeling it "baptism nr. 19" or something like that?
"Baptism Nr. 19" - that's fine. As an alternative I would use "entry nr. 19" or "Eintrag Nr. 19".

I was referring to "Bild 19" as it appears on the left side of the "viewer" in the sample church books I can access without subscription on Archion.
+1 vote
I've tried to follow your model, but I am getting Errors: Error 967: Link error in domain. And Error 962: Domain name in link not resolved. See as an example of a page which generates these errors. Is it because I used the .en rather than .de extension? Your links and mine do not, of course, link to the image since a subscription is required, as we indicate in the Source material. Maybe I should just mark these suggestions as Not corrected? Do you get these suggestions too? Thank you for any advice.
by Jane Fraser G2G Crew (520 points)
Sorry, but the link is working; no problem tpo get to the record.

The problem is that you don't have a a subsription.

This is the direct link with de and en:
I'm sorry, but I don't understand your reply. I DO have a subscription to Arhcion. When I am not logged in to Archion (as the average used of wikitree would be) your link does the same as what my link does: these links take people to the front page of Archion, not to the image. Someone who does not have a subscription to Archion cannot login to Archion so cannot be taken to the image no matter what link is provided. My question remains: how do I take care of the Errors?

Perhaps I can omit any link to Archion and provide instead a pdf or other file containing the image from Archion. I am concerned, however, about violating copyright of Archion.
You must be signed in to archion otherwise the link doesn't work. You should ignore the error message.

There is no copyright of archion if you downloaded the record legally; see No. 9.3.5 of the "General Terms & Conditions (T&C)":

9.3.5. Individual items of Digital Content which the User downloads with the help of the integrated download function are not subject to any usage restrictions imposed by the Provider.
Thank you, Dieter. I will ignore the Errors.

If I understand the T&C, images downloaded as pdfs, and thus counting toward my quota, have no restrictions. Images gotten via screen capture are not covered by 9.3.5, so may be subject to usage restrictions.
Screen shot is not a legal download, but images officially downloaded within your quotation have no usage restrictions.
Got it. Thank you.

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