Last week I posted two articles exploring the problem of how to cite an official unofficial genealogy record titled Notification of Birth Registration. I know I’m not the only one who has been puzzled by citing this document, but I am also puzzled by the lack of comments to Noodling About that State Notification of Birth Records and Fraud in the Family Archives. All I can figure is that:
- the answer is obvious and readers are too nice to say so
- no one else really cares or needs to cite these documents
- other folks are baffled too and waiting for a “right” answer
Hoping that the clue was behind Door #3, I decided to take the next step (repeatedly suggested by Twitter GeneaPeeps) and go to the source for Source Info, the wonderful new Evidence Explained forum at Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Historic Pathways website.
Although the posts and replies show that this is an active forum, after nearly 24-hours my question drew only one response, a considerate answer from the Editor of EE. You can read the post and reply on the forum, or the discussion on the Evidence Explained Facebook page.
- I learned two valuable lessons from this exchange.
- How I will cite the Notification of Birth Registration documents in my collection.
That, at the Evidence Explained forum “there are no stupid questions,” only thoughtful encouragement and suggestions.
I still don’t know if my question was obvious or a baffling challenge, but if you ever have need to cite such a Notification, I suggest you refer to the post on the EE forum for a very helpful response.