Is my birth certificate considered a source for my father's information; and if so, what would the citation look like?

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in Genealogy Help by Jakki M G2G Crew (490 points)
I would say yes, as it's usually sufficient for heritage groups. Source citation advice is in WikiTree help (Sources), with examples. I'd say it could be as simple as a reference citation on the facts provided from it that says "from his child's birth certificate" or "birth certificate for Jakki M" to "M's occupation and age from the birth certificate of Jakki M, that was issued by the hosipital in Month 1968 and in the possession of Jakki M. Copy recorded in Hometown, State/Province, Country. Information transcribed January 28, 2014 by Jakki M."  Hope that helps.

p.s. to do a reference (aka footnote), enclose footnote text between <ref></ref> tags. e.g., in your father's biography: Paternal M was a professional wrestler in the 1960s.<ref>Jakki M's birth certificate, Month 1968</ref>  Then wherever you want the footnotes listed, have <references />

sorry - forgot to give the link for Sources before.

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Hi Jakki,

Yes your birth certificate is regarded as a source, as are marriage and death certificates as they are officially recorded documents and can give you great leads to other generations that you are trying to find.

All the best

by Billy Wallace G2G6 Pilot (212k points)
selected by Vincent Piazza

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