Help:Format for Source Citations in FamilySearch Historical Records Collections

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This article describes the format of the source citations for records found in digital collections in the Historical Records section of The Historical Records wiki articles are distinguished by the suffix (FamilySearch Historical Records) in the article title. This page is part of FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject FamilySearch Historical Records.

The "Citing" Part of the Citation

The "citing" part of citations for a Historical Records collection varies depending on the original source of the information. For indexes provided by third-party websites, the citation includes the title of the record set on the third-party's website and the name and locality of the archive that houses the original records (if known). For collections coming from other sources, the name and locality of the archive is included in the citation. And for collections coming from multiple archives, general archive information is provided.

Items that may be included in the "citing" part of citations for FamilySearch Historical Records collections:

  • Name of the agency or creator of the records
  • Title of the original record set or a generic descriptive term
  • Name of the archive
  • Locality of the archive


For a third-party website:

  • Citing "Parish Records Collection 1538-2005." Index and images. findmypast : Brightsolid, 2012. The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  • Citing "Wisconsin Death Index." Index." : 2012. NARA microfilm publication M1234. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

For one repository or archive:

  • Citing Afragola City Offices.
  • Citing Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison.

For multiple repositories or archives:

  • Citing county courthouses and public libraries, Mississippi.
  • Citing various libraries, offices, and a private collection.

Three Citations

Citations are created for each collection, each record within a collection, and each image that is available online from a collection. The collection citation is available at the bottom of the collection's landing page (a.k.a. search page), the record citation is available at the bottom of the record's index page (the page displaying the information contained in the record), and the image citation is available by clicking "Show Citation" at the bottom left of each image.

Reporting Issues

To report issues with a collection, record, or image citation, contact the User Guidance supervisor.