Wikitree standards for citing German church records from archion.de

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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 (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Geschwind-37) and tell me whether I'm citing the church records from archion.de correctly?  Thanks!

WikiTree profile: Johannes Geschwind
in Policy and Style by Anonymous Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (82.0k points)

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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 (544k points)
Thank you very much for looking at this for me!
+4 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 (75.4k points)
Thank you for fixing the links - and for the encouraging feedback!
You are most welcome.
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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 1 (19.8k 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.
+5 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 (https://www.archion.de/) > Kurhessen-Waldeck: Landeskirchliches Archiv Kassel > Wolfhagen > Wolfhagen > Tauf 1830-1846 > Nummer 19 http://www.archion.de/p/53547f258d/ ....

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 (https://www.archion.de/) > 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 "(http://www.archion.de/ : accessed on 26 July 2020)" because who knows what archion.de 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 (5.2k 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.

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