What is proper sourcing from Ancestry or other sites?

+4 votes
Take for example, a census record.  Should one copy the source citation in Ancestry or just say that it came from Ancestry?  What about summarizing other information in the source such as names, ages, birthplaces in the household - Should that be included in the source?
in Policy and Style by Kathy Benson G2G2 (3.0k points)
I only ask because we are told not to copy/paste from other sites.  I thought the source citation itself from Ancestry was Ok.  Most source examples don't provide much information on the contents of the source.  For those who don't have access to Ancestry, I thought it would be helpful to summarize additional details, such as those indicated in the question.

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+8 votes
Best answer

This is how I do it:

  • United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls; database and digital images, "1900 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004 (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 June 2018); citing Year: 1900; Census Place: Chicago Ward 25, Cook, Illinois; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 0756.

Samuel Anable 78

Sarah R Anable 13

William Anable 53

Sarah A Anable 47

Courtland W Anable 42

Ella Tollackson 37


That is a copy/paste from Ancestry, but I think the Original Data should be first, so I put that first, then I add a semi-colon and state whether it was a database and/or digital images, followed by the Ancestry information to show that that is where I found the information.  Then below I list the information found in the source.  Sometimes I add more information from the images if I feel I need it.

by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (626k points)
selected by Kathy Benson
I don't think I am able to copy/paste the link, since I ended my subscription with Ancestry and now utilize the free version for the moment. I have figured out a work-around to view the documents saved (ie. birth records, census, etc.) however, so I am able to still view them. What I have, for example, is an Ancestry.com uploaded birth record as listed from " Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1928 for x-firstname x-lastname, which heads the document when I view it. Any suggestions on how I may source this so I can provide this documentation?
+8 votes
Source citation please - especially with a link - for those of us who have an Ancestry subscription.

If you can also find a source from Family Search as well, please add that too.

If the url is too long then I summarise the details

Below is my example profile - I have 3 sources - 2 with links - and one detailed source because the url was way too long.

by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
You can put the url link and a summary in [ ] so the link is still clickable, but it looks tidy.
+9 votes

The more information you can share the better it is in the long run. This is how I always have done it:

From Ancestry.com-

  • 1930 United States Federal Census Census & Voter Lists Name Vincent Campodamo Father Vincent Capodanno Mother Rachel Capodanno Sibling Marie Capodanno Birth 1929 - New York Residence 1930 - Richmond, Richmond, New York - Age: 1. Source Information Ancestry.com. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
From FamilySearch.org-
  • 1940 United States Federal Census Name: Mary Barry Age: 9 Estimated birth year: abt 1930's Gender: Female Race: White Birthplace: Rhode Island Marital Status: Single Relation to Head of House: Daughter (Child) Home in 1940: Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island. Source: https://familysearch.org/search/ . Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: T627_3771; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 4-281.
by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)

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