How should I use locally published booklets as sources??

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I have several booklets from communities that had their 100th year celebration, or some such event.  They all list a *lot* of great information and include pictures with names and local details.  In this one booklet, it includes the names of the town mayors and other public officials for the prior 50 years.  I will attach it to my family member that is referenced in the document, but my question is, should I take the time to see if there are Wiki pages for others listed in the booklet and include the source?  Do these kind of booklets count as sources?
in WikiTree Tech by Virginia Roarabaugh G2G Crew (580 points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

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Best answer

Anything you get information from is a source - The question is, is it a good source? I would think a list of town officials from a town history would be reasonably accurate and certainly worth including as a source on a profile.

Is it worthwhile to look-up all the other people mentioned? Well that is really up to you and what you want to spend your time doing.

One option is to create a freespace page for the information... say Elected Officials of [place name]. That page can be categorized under the town, other lists (covering other years) can be added, errata noted and links can be provided to any of the people named that have profiles... I have done something similar-ish with the birth registers of a municipality where a substantial number of the people I am researching have resided.

by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (276k points)
selected by Anonymous W
Very helpful suggestions, Rob!
+2 votes
Ginny, you'd cite the booklet like any other source. Standard elements include :

Author, Title, place published: name of publisher (year), p. #: quotation from source.

The booklets you describe may not include all those elements but do the best you can.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (821k points)

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