Name for record type: tax lists, freemen lists, etc.

+1 vote
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There are names for categories of records:

Vital, Census, Land, Private, Court, etc.

How about tax lists, freemen lists, and other such things. Is there a more descriptive name for these wonderful sources than “census substitute”?
in Genealogy Help by Barry Smith G2G6 Mach 8 (86.9k points)

Do you mean Categories or Headings/Subheadings, Barry?

If you mean Headings/Sub-headings, you can use any reasonably descriptive name you choose for your optional subheadings.

I sometimes divide my See also: citation list by type, using subheadings for Birth, Marriage, Children, Death, etc. In fact, I usually start with FamilySearch.org as my first subheading; I then use the other subheadings under the FamilySearch.org subheadings. If I link to Findagrave.com, BillionGraves.com, Ancestry.com, genealogy publications, periodicals, books, etc., I use subheadings for the citations from those sites.

If you mean Categories, they, too, can (and should) have any reasonably descriptive name that fits their use. However, their use and names, other than for personal categories, should meet the overall needs of the community.

How you use subcategories is, in my opinion, more up to your personal preferences, within reason.


Here is a recent example of my subheading work:

Varney-462

Enjoy!!


Hi Lindy -- I didn't mean either. I wasn't referring to a WikiTree typesetting/organizing feature. I want just a linguistic response -- a name currently in use by genealogists to refer to miscellaneous lists, often municipal in nature.

Thanks for the clarification, Barry.

When at WikiTree, I focus mainly on WikiTree-specific issues and shut out most of that "irrelevant" rest of the genealogical universe!!devil

2 Answers

+3 votes
Is there really a need to aggregate them?  They give other information beyond proof of life and residence.
by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (198k points)
Is there a need to aggregate vital records under one heading? Probate records? Or how about “primary sources”? These broad categories got names because it is convenient. I’d just like a precise and less clumsy way to refer to the assorted lists I mentioned, if one is in use.
+2 votes
Under the heading "Court, Land, Wills & Financial," Ancestry uses "Land Records," "Tax Lists," "Court, Governmental & Criminal Records," and "Wills, Estates & Guardian Records." (I may have missed some.)

FamilySearch uses "Census, Residence, and Lists."
by Julie Kelts G2G6 Pilot (169k points)

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