Documentation standards direct genealogists to cite sources for every fact not common knowledge. Complete documentation shows the quality of sources and scope of research underlying any given work.[1]

More Information

Jones, Thomas W. Mastering Genealogical Documentation. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2017.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Third edition, revised. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2017. Especially note “Fundamentals of Citation,” Chapter 2.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research Evidence Style. Laminated folder. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2015.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “QuickLesson 19: Layered Citations Work Like Layered Clothing.” Evidence Explained, 4 September 2015.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown.QuickLesson 21: Citing DNA Evidence: Five Ground Rules.” Evidence Explained, 29 June 2015.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “QuickLesson 22: What Citation Template Do I Use?.” Evidence Explained, 27 August 2015.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “QuickLesson 25: ARKs, PALs, Paths & Waypoints (Citing Online Providers of Digital Images).” Evidence Explained, 30 July 2017.


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[1] Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards, second edition, revised (Nashville, TN: Ancestry, 2021), 1–8.