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    I have just joined so am new to this thread .
    How do you refer to the record source so that the reader can A) know you have researched it and B) look at it themselves if they wish. Is it best to put it at the bottom of the page or refer to an appendix or have an index at the end. Any suggestions welcome because at the moment I am in a mess! Thanks

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    As long as you are clear and consistent, it's up to you.
    Many professional history publications use footnotes numbered for the page they occur (ie a new footnote 1 on each page).
    I prefer to have all the refs at the end so that you don't have to keep putting the same text into the footnotes. Either number them from the start of the text so that each ref has a unique number, or sort them alphabetically, then number them when the ref list is complete and then put them into the text. I find that the latter is more complicated to do but easier to use...

    If you're planning to publish in a magazine, you need to check and see what they want.

    PS I have given your message its own title and thread as it doesn't really mesh with the others in the previous thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaJenny View Post
    I have just joined so am new to this thread .
    How do you refer to the record source so that the reader can A) know you have researched it and B) look at it themselves if they wish. Is it best to put it at the bottom of the page or refer to an appendix or have an index at the end. Any suggestions welcome because at the moment I am in a mess! Thanks
    Other contributors to the thread can probably answer it better than me, although I don't think there is a right or wrong way to do it.
    Depends on what you're going to include in the book. Are you going to include images of census pages and parish registers/BMD certificates, etc? And where are you going to put those images? As far as possible opposite the writing, or in a bundle at the end of a chapter/end of the book?
    To me it would depend on how many references you're going to end up with per page. If they're going to take up half the page then I think I would either put them at the end of the chapter, or else make a index for each chapter at the end of the book.

    I'm not writing a book, just doing a list of facts.

    His birth certificate says that George Alfred was born on 29 June 1873 at 40 London Road, Market Deeping, the son of Frederick Arthur Smith and Elizabeth nee Taylor. Frederick was a baker.

    George was baptised on 30 October 1875 at St James, Market Deeping. His father’s occupation was given as baker, and their address as London Road, Market Deeping. (Source: Lincolnshire FHS transcript; PR entry not seen.)

    In the 1871, 1881, and 1891 census the family is living at 40 London Road, Market Deeping though father Frederick died in 1877.
    And then following it with transcripts of the census pages (with references), and a list of supporting documents e.g.
    Birth certificate
    1871 census
    1880 school register
    1881 census
    1891 census
    Marriage certificate
    1901 census
    1911 census
    1928 electoral roll
    1939 Register
    Death certificate

    Interested family members then get the fact sheet, and copies of the supporting documents.
    I'm have to add that I'm having enough trouble finding the time to write the fact sheets and find the supporting documents without thinking about a book! Kudos to all those who can do it.

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    In case other readers get a little confused by my reference to 'the other contributors' this is the thread which Anna Jenny's post was originally part of.

    https://www.british-genealogy.com/th...in!?highlight=

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