Adding new source ?
Im trying to understand how this works.
So I have a baptismal certificate from my mother.
It appears that I cannot add it as a "Source" but I can add it as a "Memory"
Is that true. I accept that if that is true. I just want to confirm. I assume that a source can only be added if it is from some official means, like burial records or something on line from an agency/web site of some type.
You can upload the image of the baptismal certificate, and add it as a "memory source."2
As Áine says, you can use any file as a "memory source". There are absolutely no requirements for "officiality", or anything else, really. If you derived a genealogical conclusion from something, it's a source, and you can add a citation for it to the Family Tree.2
As an example -
I've just been adding some memory sources of newspaper reports of a death. The address in the newspaper report (not an obituary) matches the family in the census. That address is not on the death certificate. That address gave me the information needed to disambiguate two same-named men.
I also often upload a proof statement showing how I reached a conclusion when records don't exist or aren't available.0
Gordon Collett ✭✭✭✭✭
Language is fascinating. It both clarifies and obscures as words and their meaning change through the years. As you may be noticing, the word Source is used in a couple of different ways in life and Family Search. It can mean an original document. It can mean a person. It can mean a web page internal to the FamilySearch website. It can mean a web page external to FamilySearch.
Then you have "Source" as applied to that list of items on a person's Source Page which are actually just references to sources. These, shall we call them, Source References have a very free-form structure and you can use it to create whatever you need to allow the next researcher to understand and, one hopes, find the actual source.
Look closely at the pop up box that opens when you click Add Source. The only item that is required to save a new source reference is a title. Everything else is optional:
Of course, if you don't include a source citation, the item is going to be pretty useless.
Next thing to point out is to admit that most of us have gotten pretty spoiled. We expect everything to have a URL. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here is a perfectly valid source reference:
The Add New Memory Source link that Áine pointed out opens the same pop up box but with the Add A Memory radio button already clicked. This removes the Web Page box and adds button to upload a file to this source reference and your gallery simultaneously or to link to a file that is already in your gallery.
Note that you still have the Citation box to add a source citation for what ever document or photo you might be uploading. That is where you need to put enough information for another researcher to be able to track down the item if they have a need or desire to do so.2
I am new to all this and even forgot that I asked the question, which im part is I have no idea how I got to this community page from the main interface (I still dont .. Luck) and just struggled through, but your answers have helped greatly.
I have lots more questions but will start new thread.
@ColinM0288 You can bookmark the Community so you can easily find it again. https://community.familysearch.org/en/
When you are working in the main FamilySearch.org website, whether in the tree or searching for records, look for the help button (? in a circle). Under that, you will see a link to the Community.1
Thank you, so many little things.1