Citing discussions at SGM (Medieval Genealogy forum on both Rootsweb and Google)

+7 votes

For those working especially on European pre 1500 profiles, the following recent thread at the SGM forum might be important.

I know a lot of us cite that discussion group for discussions about specific difficult cases, but the old Rootsweb links we have mainly used are now being reconstructed and it is not sure how complete they will be.

Advice is given there on how to cite from the google groups versions of posts, but I think this is important:

"So if you want to cite a medieval genealogy message in a way that has a better chance of functioning 10 or 20 or more years from now, then give not only the URL (which is specific to Google) but also the newsgroup name (soc.genealogy.medieval) and the message's subject, author and date (which allows access to the message in other Usenet archives). "

This was of course always a good idea, but I have to admit to being someone who often posts raw links.

in Policy and Style by Andrew Lancaster G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
retagged by Robin Lee
Sigh.  Every Usenet post has a unique permanent message ID.  Which it seems we can no longer see in the archives.

1 Answer

+3 votes

The key here is what many people miss when citing their sources....

There are many reasons you might want to backtrack during your research, including the discovery of new information, the realization you may have overlooked something, or the need to resolve conflicting evidence, the fourth step of the Genealogical Proof Standard. 

We have all done it and learned the hard way, thinking we have a complete citation, then when challenged we cannot find the source we used.   

by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (752k points)

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