Posted By:Tom Semple
Subject:Looking for event/citation suggestions
Post Date:March 30, 2001 at 17:56:35
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Forum:Personal Ancestral File Forum
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I'm having a hard time deciding about how to make certain source citations. I can't seem to come up with enough reasons to do it one way versus another. As a result I've done it several different ways - which is probably worst of all!
Here's an example that comes up a lot in my research: I find someone in an index for the 1881 British Census. I've created a Source for this - no problem there. But do I:

1) add a Census event with the date the census was conducted, citing the source I've created
2) create a general citation using this source
3) create citations for each event that the census data supports (birth, occupation, place of residence)
4) all of the above

I'm basically lazy, so I'd probably prefer 2), but I'm not sure what I'd be missing by (for example) not adding Census events or adding citations for each individual event.

Another continuing dilemma for me is whether to use Events or use a Note Tag. For example, if I learn the occupation of an individual, should I just add an OCCUPATION: note tag or does it call for an Occupation Event?

These are often matters of style, I know, but I'm having a hard time coming up with a style that works for me. Also there may be some technical reason to use one versus another style, such as when making GEDCOM files available to others, etc. - but I haven't done enough of this to make a determination about it.

Hoping someone who has worked through this more than I have to date can offer a suggestion or two.