Posted on June 6th, 2016 by GenLady
Posted on February 15th, 2016 by GenLady
I have a copy of a document but no way of knowing where it came from. How do I find this out so that I can document my source?
Signed, I can’t believe I didn’t keep track of my sources!
Dear Didn’t Keep Track,
You are singing the sorrowful song of many a genealogists! We have stacks of papers with nothing showing where we received them, when they were copied or if there is any way of getting the same document again.Ask yourself the following questions:.
1. How long have I had this document? Can I narrow down the time frame?
2. What repositories was I using most at the time I believe I copied this paper?
3. What does the paper look like? A marriage bond? A death certificate? In many cases this alone is enough to figure out where to receive another copy and document it properly.
4. If all else fails, take your document to the library and speak to a librarian in your genealogy department. Many have the knowledge necessary to help you.
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