14 Day Challenge #9-10: Citations

14 Day Challenge #9-10: Citations

[I’m participating in the 14 Day Mini Research Like a Pro Challenge. Thanks to Diana and Nicole at Family Locket for sharing their expertise and guiding us through the experience.]

All of a sudden the other night

Without thinking about what I was doing

I realized

I was sitting in front of my computer

Pulling together the pieces

Of information I was going to need

To create a citation

For the record I’d just found

Before digging

Into the information it had to offer.


I’ve learned to love the relaxed ease

That comes from knowing that

My citation is just an easy copy and paste away

When I’m needing to create a footnote

And wanting to keep on writing.


What it will be like

When I reach the point

Where my whos and whats

And whens and wheres

(And don’t forget the where-withins)

Begin to fall confidently into place.

But for now

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


Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3rd Ed. (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015).

(Did I do those right? Actually, I often use the Kindle version of EE, but it’s too cold to think about how I might cite that on this rainy California evening. )

Are close at hand.

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