Is There a Page for Reference Sources: Book, Journals, etc

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Is there a central repository page or library of sorts for (commonly used) reference materials or is it assumed that people will look elsewhere? It would be great to link to worldcat or Hathi Trust when citing a source.
asked in WikiTree Help by Sandi Wiggins G2G6 Mach 6 (63.9k points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith

Kitty's Library is a place with resources for research.  (I'm not sure if this is an answer for your question though).

Hello Sandi

I'm also not quite sure what you are asking, but yes, when people do cite books available online, then they usually link to that book.  I prefer to use the Internet Archive myself as I find the format easier to use, but people do get books from Google Books, Hathi Trust and anything else that is available.

I haven't thought about linking to World Cat, but that would be an option when I am citing a book I own, or have borrowed from a library.


I use to find answers to most of the genealogy questions that are posted. very extensive and it's also free.
I see my question could be interpreted in several ways. What I'm imagining is a location WITHIN WikiTree like a general bibliography where sources are listed as individual things - book, journal, source.

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Best answer

Here is the Category that I have been using: WikiTree Sources

There are almost 1,000 sources listed and most have been divided by location, to make them easier to find. Many have also been 'tagged' with a surname.

answered by Rick Pierpont G2G6 Mach 9 (93.4k points)
selected by Sandi Wiggins
This is close enough to what I'm talkin' about!
+2 votes

First, I would recommend , but also , which is also a free site, but for surname origin information. They have info on about 50,000 surnames. 

For example, 


This Olde English name has two possible derivations, the first being from the Breton personal name "Wincon" or "Uuicon" which was introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. The name means "worthy" and "high", or "noble". The second origin is from another personal name, this time of Germanic origin and also introduced by the Normans, "Wigant", meaning "Warrior", from the verb "Wigan", to fight. The personal name is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Wighen" and in 1163 as "Wigein". The surname development has included "Wygen" (1297, Cornwall) and "Wiggans" or "Wiggins (1752, Yorkshire). "Woiggins" is the patronymic form of the name, meaning "son of" and the name can also be found as "Wigan", "Wigand", "Wigin" and "Wiggin". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Wygeyn, which was dated 1275, in the Norfolk Hundred Rolls, during the reign of King Edward l, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

© Copyright: Name Origin Research 1980 - 2015

answered by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)

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