Standard style for standard references?

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I participated in the current data challenge and noted a wide variety in the formatting of standard references, such as US Census Data. Are there guidelines for formatting these (and other) references?
in Policy and Style by Gus Gassmann G2G6 Mach 1 (16.9k points)

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Yes.  "The ideal citation format on WikiTree is Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS)...."  Widely ignored.  :(

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Sources

by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (634k points)
There are a lot of examples at EvidenceExplained.com

As Herbert pointed out and linked, that is the official policy, however as he also pointed out, it is widely ignored.  I would venture to guess that almost all members don't even know that is the policy and, even those who do, don't use it much.

I believe that most of the US Census records used here as sources likely link to the page at familysearch.org that displays the transcription of the record or the page that displays an image of the record itself.  The familysearch website actually gives us the citation they would like used - it's just copy/paste to get it and use it here, so I would expect that is what you'll see the most here.  I also believe that it is considered adequate for use here.

If it's something that generates its own citation like JSTOR, I pick the Chicago option just to be cooperative, but otherwise I just use my preferred format. I don't like last-name-first formats like Chicago very much.
AND many people also use the format that is offered by the source they're sourcing from. Both ancestry.com and familysearch.org offer suggested text for citations.

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