The last time I looked at source citations in Ancestry Member Trees while using the Ancestry.com Beta, I was disappointed that the presentation was very poor.
I looked again today, and the presentation is better! In fact, it's very similar to what I saw in my own AMT (except I couldn't edit someone else's tree sources). Here's a short tour:
1) Here is the Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in someone else's Ancestry Member Tree:
I clicked on the 1880 U.S. Census source on the screen above, and it showed me that the source was attached to the name, birth and 1880 census Residence event.
2) In order to see the full source citation, I clicked on the "View" link in the specific source purple box on the screen above. The source citation information screen pops up with four tabs - the "Ancestry Record" is shown below:
The "Ancestry Record" summary has a link to view the image and the record summary, and provides the record summary in the popup screen.
3) The "Citation Detail" tab shows Citation Information (transcription of text, detail, web address), Source Information (title, author, publisher), and Repository Information (name, web address) for this particular source:
This source citation was produced by the tree owner attaching the 1880 U.S. Census record summary to the person in the Ancestry Member Tree.
4) The third link is for the "Associated Facts" which shows the facts that the source citation is attached to:
There is no easily copied source citation with the source title and citation detail in one text paragraph.
5) A user could capture the elements to create a source citation that could be used in a report, e.g.:
1880 United States Federal Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts; Roll: T9_565; Family History Film: 1254565; Page: 533.3000; Enumeration District: 850; Image: .
6) But that is not an Evidence Explained quality source citation, is it? I would edit the source citation to read, using the available information:
1880 United States Federal Census, Worcester County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Leominster, ED 850, page 533C, Isaac Seaver household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 May 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 565.
At least most of the basic elements for the source citation are provided, although the name of the head of household and the dwelling and family numbers are not provided, and the image numbers from the FamilySearch microfilm is not provided.
Here is the source citation from the same source in the same tree using the current Ancestry.com graphical interface
7) So the "new" source citation is marginally improved - it mentions the database, and adds the NARA microfilm publication number. But it doesn't meet Evidence Explained quality standards as I hoped it would.
Does anyone else care about this? I think that it is important that one of the premier genealogy companies provides an industry standard source citation for records that it provides. The hope is, of course, that having an industry standard source citation will encourage genealogists to cite them when they attach the record to their online family tree, or download the image to their computer and attach it to a person and/or event in their genealogy management program on their computer.
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