Sources from Ancestry.com

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I am having trouble sourcing information from ancestry.com.  As it is a pay service, I know it is not the most ideal as not everyone has the service.  But, they are documents that I can use!   I did save and read an article entitled Quicklesson 26: Thinking through ancestry.com citations, but started gettomg a headache.  

I have copied below all of the information from a baptism record.  Could someone help me with how I should source it.  I would very much appreciate it.  

Custodian: Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv, Standesort Stade; Film Number: 1189547; Page Number: 17;18;443

Source Information

Ancestry.com. Bremen, Germany and Hannover, Prussia, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1574-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.

Original data:

Mikrofilm Sammlung. Familysearch.org

Originale: Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv, Standort Stade, Deutschland.

 Thanks again,

Cindy Hanrahan

in WikiTree Help by Cindy Hanrahan G2G3 (3.3k points)
A lot of images on Ancestry come from FamilySearch,so you may be able to source it from there as well.

3 Answers

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It is very easy to use their citations here on WikiTree according to me! I just flip them and put the original data first.

Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv, Standort Stade, Deutschland; database (if there are images of the documents then I put 'database and digital images'), "Bremen, Germany and Hannover, Prussia, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1574-1945," Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016 (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 July 2020); citing Custodian: Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv, Standesort Stade; Film Number: 1189547; Page Number: 17;18;443.

I don't use italics, but they don't want to come off. I only use italics if they are used in the original data to indicate a published work. The way I look at it is that Ancestry is presenting their citation as if they were the author when they are really just the presenter of the information. Now since most people do not have access to the Ancestry images or source information, I put that down below the source. It would look something like this:

  • Name: Baby's name
  • Date: Date of baptism
  • Place: Where the baptism took place
  • Parents: their names
  • Witnesses: their names
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (537k points)
Thank you so much Lucy, and Dieter. You present it very simply.  I could have spent hours on this
+4 votes
Lucy's proposal is absolute correct.

If you have problems to read the old German handwriting post it here and I or somebody else will help you to transcribe and translate it.

Good luck with your further searching.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
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by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (518k points)
More information that you can include in wikitree from ancestry or other sites, is always a plus, as Lucy said.

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