Best way to list full link from as a source?

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When using as a source (whether for Obituaries, birth announcements, marriage announcements, etc.), how is the best way to list it...the same way as the link for Ancestry or Family Search or the full link like for when I use the link?
WikiTree profile: Frieda LaBrec
in WikiTree Help by David Owens G2G4 (4.7k points)

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I took some time recently to look at Evidence Explained (the website and the book) to see just how to format source citations based on that citation style. I had been doing it incorrectly--I had almost all the correct elements in what I had been doing just not in exactly the correct order. Then, I wanted to adapt the source citation for WikiTree. This is what I came up with... (Critique is welcome.)


 1.  Author name with given name middle name or initial then surname, if any (otherwise start with article title)

2.   Comma

3.   “Title of Article in Quotation Marks with comma inside final quote mark,” For WikiTree, put all this inside square brackets with the URL of the actual article to create link, e.g. [ B. (Buell) Turner (Obituary),”] If article has no title it is okay to create one based on the text.

4.   Name of the newspaper in italics (on WikiTree italics are created with two single quotes at each end of element) with place name in parentheses as needed

5.   Comma

6.   Date of publication day month year

7.   Comma

8.   Page number abbreviated a p.

9.   Comma

10.  Columns abbreviated as cols.

11.  Semi-colon

12.  The words “image copy” (no quotes)

13.  Comma

14.  Name of the repository (, in italics

15. Open parenthesis

16.  URL of website (i.e.

17.  Colon

18.  Date of access as “accessed day month year” (no quotes)

19. Close parenthesis

20. Period

by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (443k points)


[ "Mrs. Lillie S. Hildreth (Obituary),"]  ''The Dothan (Alabama) Eagle'', 4 Jul 1963, p. 6, col. 6; '''' ( accessed 30 Sep 2020). 

(See finished product on Lillie Ann (Skipper) Hildreth

[ "A Tribute to the Life of Henry Walter Hildreth,"] ''Southern Star'' (Newton, Alabama), 2 Aug 1933, p. 4, col. 4; '''' ( accessed 4 Aug 2019).

(See finished product on Henry Walter Hildreth

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