First, I consulted Evidence! Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills (I have the first edition). In Chapter 9 on "Local and State Records: Licenses, Registrations, Rolls & Vital Records," there are no Quick Check models for online state vital records indexes and images. In Section 9.6 for "Basic Formats: Online Databases," there are examples of how to cite vital records index and image databases. The section notes:
"Online abstracts, databases, and indexes can usually be cited like any authored article at a website. The key issue is that you are not citing original records. You are citing a derivative work created by someone other than the original creator. Therefore, your emphasis will be on the derivative. Whatever data your derivative provides about the original will be cited only as the source of your source."
The example for an Idaho Marriage Index on page 438 provides a good model to follow. The Full Reference Note using this model is:
"Idaho Marriages, 1842–1996,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/search/ : accessed 3 February 2007), entry for William E. Sebring–Mable Shown, 19 February 1900; citing Ada County, Idaho, [Marriages] Vol. 4: 280.
The Ancestry.com source description for this database reads:
Upper Snake River Family History Center and Ricks College (Rexburg, Idaho). Idaho Marriages, 1842-1996 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
There are other source citation models that can be followed based on Evidence! Explained - for instance, the QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Documents has a section for Vital Records. A Full Reference Note for the above database would look like:
Upper Snake River Family History Center and Ricks College (Rexburg, Idaho). "Idaho Marriages, 1842-1996," database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) : 2005, for marriage of William E. Sebring and Mable Shown.
Ah, there's the Source Type of "Local and State Records: Registrations, Rolls and Vital Records" and I selected "State Level Records" in the Category field. The Template field has options of "Miscellaneous Files," "Vital Records Certificate," "Vital Records Register," and "Vital Records amended."
Hmmm, which one fits best? I think "Vital Records Register" fits best, so I selected that and clicked "OK." The Template has fields for (with my inputs):
* State or country: I input "Idaho"
* Agency/creator: I input "Upper Snake River Family History Center and Ricks College (Rexburg, Idaho)"
* Record series: I input " Idaho Marriages, 1842-1996 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005"
* Source repository: I input "Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/)"
* Call number: I left it blank
* Comments: I input "Original data: These records were extracted between 1982 and 1996 primarily from marriage records held at county courthouses. Specific source information is provided with each entry"
I obtained all of those bits of information from the Ancestry.com source citation for the database. The entry before clicking "OK" looks like this:
After clicking "OK" the Source citation has been created (the Full Reference Note is in the bottom right-hand corner:
The source citation using the specified FTM 2011 Source Template fields reads:
Idaho, Upper Snake River Family History Center and Ricks College (Rexburg, Idaho), Idaho Marriages, 1842-1996 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005; Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com), Provo, Utah, USA.
Well, that doesn't look like any of the Evidence! Explained models listed above, does it? Why is that? I think it's because the Family Tree Maker Source Templates used only the Quick Check Models listed at the start of each Evidence! Explained chapter in the first edition.
I did find another Source Type that has a template that works fairly well: the "Archives and Artifacts" type, the "Archived Material" category and the "Digital Archive" template. The template fields, with my inputs, are:
* Collection: "Idaho Death Index, 1911-1951 [database]"
* Collection format: "index of death records"
* Website creator/owner: "Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Provo, Utah, USA"
* Website title: "Ancestry.com"
* URL: http://www.ancestry.com/
* Year: "2003"
* Comments: "Original data: Bureau of Health Policy and Vital Statistics. Idaho Death Index, 1911-51. Boise, ID, USA: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare."
The screen with the information filled in on the "Archives and Artifacts" is: