I will be the first to admit that this week’s poll wasn’t the most successful we’ve run on the blog- somehow citations didn’t elicit a particularly raucous response from the community! That said, of the 123 responses that we did receive, it was clear that views on the subject were fairly polarised.
25% of respondents deemed that if a source isn’t cited, it doesn’t constitute research. The largest group of respondents (38%) agreed that “most” of their sources were cited. Surprisingly, over 33% had either “tried their best” or seemingly didn’t know what a citation was.
For the ease of effort that goes into citing sources (especially with modern software tools) you can benefit from the peace of mind and the ability to share your research with professionals and others. I’d highly recommend starting to cite your sources from day one, however.
Fortunately, MyHeritage products make citing your sources a cinch. Here are a few useful pointers for getting started:
- Click on ‘People’ in the top navigation bar of your family tree.
- Search for the individual that you’d like to cite a fact for.
- Click on ‘+ source citations’ towards the bottom of the page.
- In the left hand panel, click on ‘All my facts’
- You can then simply add a citations by clicking on ‘Add a source citation’ underneath each fact. The system also allows you to upload images (of census documents etc.) for those who want to complement their manual citations
Family Tree Builder
- Click ‘Edit’ on any individual’s card.
- Then click ‘Edit Details: Individual’s name’
- If you then click on the ‘Citations’ tab you can add a source from the drop-down menu. You can add sources just below the drop-down menu for easy replication throughout your tree.
- You can then provide a ‘Confidence’ rating over the source, a date, the original text and additional notes.
Now that we’ve told you how to add those essential citations for both of our product offerings, there really is no excuse!
Remember that genealogy without citations is mythology!