Saturday, June 20, 2015

Citation Saturday - Gravestones

Bet you never thought that one day you would have to know how to write a source citation for a gravestone!  If you are working to find at least three sources to confirm your research results, then you will probably find a tombstone on your list at some time or another.  

Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills* makes it simple.  The basic format is:

Cemetery (Location), Item, data collection info, date photographed.

Now let's assume for a moment that you didn't take the photograph yourself, but rather, found it on Find-A-Grave.  The format for a reference note would be:

Find A, digital images ( accessed: 12 December 2014, photograph, gravestone for Mary Jane Smith Thompson (1884-1974), Kansas City, Missouri.

See how easy it is?  

Keep citing those sources!

*Source: Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained : Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace.

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