New User Help Please
Hello! I'm a new user and am enjoying exploring how to build my family tree on FamilySearch. I've read a lot of the guides and info that's available, but I have a couple of questions that I'd like to ask. I have a lot of family history information from my mother which she worked on 20-30 years ago. I don't have online URLs I can provide as sources, but I know she got a lot of information from the IGI, as it was then. I think I've read that it's not imperative to add a source on a person's record, but obviously it's desirable to do so. What should I put in the boxes for sources, citations, etc, when I add a person? Also, I have some copies of birth certificates - would I just state that I'm in possession of a birth certificate, or should I photograph a certificate and add it as a 'memory'? I want to add my contributions as clearly and correctly as possible, but am completely new to this format, so any tips and help are greatly appreciated!
Áine Ní Donnghaile ✭✭✭✭✭
The only required field on a source is a title. URLs are a recent invention, and lots of records were created and saved before the internet existed. You can refer to your personal collection in the description/reason boxes.
As far as scanning or photographing older certificates and attaching them in memories, we need to be mindful of restrictions that may exist by the record holder/creator (the city/state/church, etc.) as well as being mindful of anything that may name living persons. We've just had an interesting discussion about attaching images of restricted records here:2
Thank you Áine for your helpful reply. I'll bear your points in mind when adding data. I had a read at the link you posted, and I understand about the problems with adding images of potentially restricted records, so I'll stick to mentioning my sources without including images. Thanks again.1