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Evidence Explained Citation Style

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Having consistent and thorough citations is one way we can make WikiTree even better. The goal of this project is to provide guidance on making full reference notes using the Evidence Explained citation style. If you'd like to help, please use the third edition of Evidence Explained.[1] The purpose of this project is not to be exhaustive, but to provide citation examples for some of the more common sources that WikiTree members may use. Feel free to add to list if you feel something is missing.

Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Jason Tilley.

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Edit the project page to provide citation styles and examples for various types of sources
  • Develop EE citation style templates

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message. Thanks!

Archives and Artifacts

Family Bible Records

Basic Format

[Bible owner] Family Bible Records, [inclusive dates with en dash], Title of Bible ([Publication Place]: [Publisher], [Year Published]), "[Page or Section]"; Privately held by [Last Known Owner], [Owner's Location], [Year owned].


  • James Smith Family Bible Records, 1940–1997, The Holy Bible (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1938), "Marriages"; Privately held by John Smith, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2004.

Personal Correspondence

Basic Format

[Writer] ([Affiliation], [Location]) to [Recipient], [Item Type], [Record Date], [Subject or nature of data provided].


James Smith (100 First Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401) to John Smith, letter, 21 April 1916; privately held by Robert Smith, 2017. Richard Smith was the great-grandfather of James Smith, and this information is indicated in this letter.

Business and Institutional Records

School Records

Cemetery Records

Online Images

Basic Format

[Corporate Owner, if different]. [Website Title], database with images ([URL] : accessed [Date Accessed]), [item of interest], [credit line].


Find A Grave, database with images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 1 April 2017), memorial 1000001, John Smith (1915–1994), Floral Meadows Cemetery, Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi; gravestone photograph by BiloxiBill.

Census Records

Online Database (Stable URL)

Basic Format

"[Census ID]", [Item Type], [Website Title] ([URL] : accessed [Date Accessed]) entry for [Person(s) of Interest], [Jurisdiction]; [credit line].


"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSRQ-J19 : accessed 21 April 2017), entry for Albert Wills in household of Charles H Wills, Police Jury Ward 2, Justice of Peace Ward 4 Grand Coteau town, St. Landry, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 53, sheet 17B, family 188, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,580.

Church Records

Named Volumes Held by Church

Ancestral Files

Pedigree Resource Files


Basic Format

[Parish] ([town], England), [Item Type], [year range], vol. [volume ID], p. [page number], [event] of [Person(s) of Interest] (year); Publisher, [City].,


Somerset Parish (Taunton, England), Parish Registers, 1698–1765, vol. D\P\fr.jo/2/1/2, p. 112, Baptism of Joseph Burt (1719); Somerset Archives & Local Studies, Taunton.

Local & State Records: Courts and Governance

Local & State Records: Licenses, Registrations, Rolls and Vital Records

Marriage Licenses

State Military Pension Rolls

State Vital-Records Certificates

Local & State Records: Property & Probates


Land Grants


State Tax Rolls

National Government Records

Passenger Manifests

Online Land Office Records

With emphasis on the original document

[Name] ([Location]), [Patent Type] no. [Patent Number]; "Land Patent Search," images, General Land Office Records (www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx : accessed [Date]).


John Smith (Jasper County, Mississippi), homestead patent no. 15367; "Land Patent Search," images, General Land Office Records (www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx : accessed 1 April 2015).

Bounty Land Records

Draft Registrations

Muster Rolls

Pension Files

Social Security Records

Publications: Books, CDs, Maps, Leaflets & Videos


Book Chapter


Multivolume Book Set

CD/DVD Publication

Publications: Legal Works & Government Documents

Publications: Periodicals, Broadcasts & Web Miscellaneous

Print Newspaper Articles

Online Newspaper Archives


Social Media


  1. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.; 3rd edition (May 22, 2015).

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