During this process, Russ did a really smart thing - he engaged Elizabeth Shown Mills on her Evidence Explained forum, and asked her how he should craft the specific source citation. Elizabeth and Russ had an excellent discussion on the forum - see the thread at https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/citing-ancestry-member-tree.
I wondered how the RootsMagic source templates would craft a source citation for an entry in an Ancestry.com Public Member Tree. I went into my database, selected the "Family Trees, documented" source template, and entered data into the "Master Source" and "Source Details" fields. Here is the "Edit Source" screen:
I filled in the fields that I thought were pertinent for my birth date and birth name, and after peeking at Elizabeth's source citation, and the resulting source citation is:
Footnote: "Public Member Tree", family tree database, Ancestry.com (http://trees.ancestry.com/ : accessed 7 April 2014), "Seaver-Leland Family Tree," Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living) birth entry; submitted 2013 by Randall J. Seaver, [contact information for private use], Chula Vista CA 91911; birth certificate image.
Short Footnote: "Public Member Tree," family tree database, Ancestry.com, "Seaver-Leland Family Tree," Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living) birth entry.
Bibliography: "Public Member Tree." Family tree database. Ancestry.com. http://trees.ancestry.com/ : 2014.
Comparing the source citation above with the Evidence Explained Forum model crafted by Elizabeth Shown Mills shows that RootsMagic 6 does a pretty good job.
I will try to do a similar source citation in Legacy Family Tree 8 soon for comparison purposes. I don't need to - Shannon Thomas did one in Citing Ancestry.com Member Trees in Legacy Family Tree (7 April 2014). Beth Benko did a similar task in Legacy Family Tree 8 Source citation for an Ancestry.com Public Member Tree on 8 April 2014.
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