What is the proper way to post an Ancester.com source

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in Genealogy Help by Helen Holt G2G4 (4.3k points)

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I would use documents only and avoid family trees. For the documents I would list in as much detail as possible what it is, where it was produced etc. (so that somebody without access to Ancestry.com can identify it), and then I would post a link to the document on Ancestry.com so that people with subscriptions can check it there if they want.
by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (534k points)
selected by Helen Holt
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Assuming you mean ancestry.com, try to find the same record on familysearch.org if you can, since its a free site, while ancestry.com is members only.
by Tanya Quinn G2G3 (3.4k points)

It's a different site: http://www.ancestor.com .

 

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I am assuming you mean Ancestry. If that is the case, then Ancestry itself is not a source, but is a repository of source databases and user generated information. So, how you cite information you found on Ancestry will depend on what the actual source is.

A source is defined as a a book or document used to provide evidence in research - and in genealogy, we have two types of sources, primary and secondary sources.

A primary source is something that provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, or person. These can come in the form of historical and legal documents (Birth, Marriage and Death Records), statistical data (Census records), eyewitness accounts, etc.

A secondary source is something describes, discusses, interprets, analyzes, summarizes or otherwise process information from a primary source. The can come in the form of newspapers, book reviews, or any other document that relies on a primary source.

There is also tertiary sources, but IMO should never be used in genealogy unless the primary and secondary are unavailable and the source is clearly marked as being an assumption. This includes items like chronologies, abstracts, and Ancestry trees that do not link or contain primary sources, or are built solely on secondary sources.

For more information, see the Help:Sources page for examples on how to cite common sources.

by Steve Harris G2G6 Pilot (431k points)
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Personally, I would look for what Ancestry gives as a source citation
Heres an example from.my husband's ancestors .It gives:
Dorset History Centre; Dorchester, England; Dorset Parish Registers; Reference: PE/SHI:RE1/1
I would then add Shillingstone parish register  ( ie I would define it a bit more specifically) image  19 viewed on  ancestry.co.uk.
I'd also add , when possible, a transcript . In this case the whole citation would read


Dorset History Centre; Dorchester, England; Dorset Parish Registers; Reference: PE/SHI:RE1/1 Shillingstone parish register
image  19 viewed on  ancestry.co.uk.
:1670, Feb 1st Thomas Ford senior was buried

Note, I don't link directly, anyone with ancestry acess to UK documents could find it.If not I have cited my source.  The reason I don't link directly is that I know from experience that though I have a worldwide subscription links to Ancestry.com or .ca etc do not 'work'. (also my citation is, I think, future proof)
by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (303k points)
edited by Helen Ford

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