Customizable, reusable inline citations?

+1 vote
I pretty much use inline citations exclusively.   I find them clean, easier-to-use (albeit with an early learning curve), and helpful in keeping a train of thought while building a profile.

  However, there is one limitation that is bothersome.   That is, we either don't have or I don't know about is customizing individual examples of repeating inline citations.  I like being able to reuse citations. For example, I might reuse a death certificate citation 3 or 4 or more times (DoB, DoD, locations, spouses, etc.).  However, doing that eliminates the ability to augment that citation with "This citation is used for the DoB." or "This citation is used for the DoD, but not for the thought to be incorrect maiden name of the mother."  

Does that function exist?  If not, could we get it?  Or, is there a better way for me to do this?


Dan Frye
in WikiTree Tech by Daniel Frye G2G Crew (970 points)

You could add relevant notes to the citation text itself.

I generally add such notes in parentheses and in italics at the end of the citation text.


  • Citation for Death Record of So And So (record used for date of birth, but not for birth surname)

Just add however many notes you need to fit your needs.

In my opinion, notes amended to the citation are more useful and more readily accessible to the viewer.

edits 1, 2: placed example in bullet list; changed word "citation" to "record" in parenthetical text

Thanks.  I like this. This will be simpler and clearer than what I thought I wanted.


1 Answer

+2 votes
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
That's exactly how I use them today, where all the repeated uses point to the same reference without an ability to add on customizable information.  Although it does seem to answer the question of whether we have the functionality I'm interested in, that is, we don't.

Thanks.  Dan

Do what Lindy suggested, or add that text right after the closing ref tag (see ResearchID 2 on this for an example

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