Citations need to identify the original document
James Cobban said: The purpose of a citation is to permit researchers to verify that you have properly interpreted a source document when incorporating it into the conclusions. However most of the suggested "citations" from both Family Search and Ancestry are of the form "database such and such". Period. Full stop. For example I am currently looking at a death certificate from Michigan. The suggested source citation is "Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics; Lansing, Michigan; Death Records". That is clearly not a citation. It could be a source title, but the suggested source title is a reference to the online nominal index database. A citation ideally identifies the specific page in a source document. Obviously the "Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics; Lansing, Michigan" must have a mechanism by which its staff can locate a specific record, but you certainly could not identify it from what is presented here. The image and the URL looks like a reference to a particular frame on a particular reel of microfilm, but I cannot see any way to identify WHICH reel of microfilm or how to obtain access to it, because that information is missing from the "citation", never mind how to gain access if desired to the original paper document to see if there is information which has been obscured by the conversion to microfilm. See https://www.ancestry.ca/interactive/6...
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