Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How to add a Cite-Builder citation to Ancestry?

You can create your citations as normal, then on Ancestry you select “Add Source”, then in section 1 you “Create a new source” and just paste the citation you have created via Cite-Builder into the “Title” or “Details” field (the required field).

Q: How to add a Cite-Builder citation to FamilySearch Family Tree?

Click the “SOURCES” tab of the person of interest. Click “ADD SOURCE”, then choose “Add New Source”. Paste the Cite-Builder citation into the “Citation” box and fill out all the other boxes and save the source.

Q: How to add a Cite-Builder citation to MyHeritage?

When editing a person’s profile, select “Source citations” from the list of categories on the left. Paste the Cite-Builder citation into the Citation text box.

Q: How to add a Cite-Builder citation to Findmypast?

When viewing a person’s profile, look at the “Facts & events” tab. Chose the event for which you have a source and click “Sources, Media, Notes, Links”. Click the “+Source” button. Paste the Cite-Builder citation into the “Notes” box and fill out all the other boxes and the click “Add source”.

Q: What to put for the title of an Australian Electoral Roll?

There is no consistency with the titles of Australian Electoral Rolls over the years. Some have a full title page, and some just have the Commonwealth Division/State Electoral District and other information immediately preceding the names starting with ‘A’ on the first page. Look back at image 1 on the “film strip” containing the images and enter a title as best as can be constructed from that page.

Some examples might be:

1933. Commonwealth of Australia. State of New South Wales. Electoral Roll. Commonwealth Division of Warringah. State Electoral Division of Manly.

1977 joint Electoral Roll for the Subdivision of Dee Why, Division of Mackellar, State Electoral District of Wakehurst

1963. Commonwealth of Australia. Electoral Roll. State of Queensland. Division of Leichardt, Roll of Electors for the Subdivision of Douglas.

1924. Commonwealth of Australia. State of Victoria. Electoral Roll. Commonwealth Division of Balaclava. State Assembly Division of Brighton. Roll of electors for the Subdivision of Elsternwick South.

The Electoral District of Brisbane, North. [No date given in this title, but year still indicated in document]

For the Short Title create something meaningful.

Q: What determines how much information is in a citation?

The thing to remember is that the purpose of a citation is to be able to identify the source of the information you are including and to enable people find the source of the information for themselves (or for you to be able to find it again). It is not to store all the information found in that source.

Thomas Jones1 states:

“Citations differ from abstracts. Abstracts summarize a source’s contents. They tell us what is within a source. In contrast, citations tell us about a source. A citation to a marriage record, for example, would give the names of the parties (perhaps only their surnames), and the date of marriages because this information helps readers understand what the source is and where to find the specific entry. A researcher would be unlikely to have a similarly valid reason to cite the names of the officiant and witnesses, the parties’ residences, and their parents’ names. Such detail likely would appear in a researcher’s family data or narrative.
Specifically, citations tell what a source is, its qualities as a container of genealogical evidence, where it can be consulted, and the location of specific information in it. Over-burdening a citation with details about the people it mentions makes it hard for the citation to meet its purpose.”

1Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Documentation (Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2017) p. 39.

The basic information that should be included in a citation are:

  • WHO – who created that source
  • WHAT – the title of the source (if no title, then describe the source)
  • WHEN – created or published, when accessed
  • WHERE – Where is it held (website name, microfilm number, archive with reference number, etc)