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 the  WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

How citations for collections are created in Historical Records Collection wiki articles

Citations for a Historical Records collection are created by citing the agency that created or administers the collection, the title of the original record set or a generic descriptive term and the name and locality of the archive that houses the original records.

Repetitive terms are only mentioned once. For example, if the creator of the record is the same as the archives where the collection is housed, that name will only appear in the citation once.

In collections with multiple sources, a general citation is used.

Templates and wikitext coding are added at the beginning and end of each source citation. This coding makes the citation appear on its corresponding collection landing page under the Source Information sub-header.

Items included in the citation 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.


Division of Vital Statistics. Death certificates. Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records, Phoenix.

San Mateo County Clerk. California, San Mateo County Records. Redwood City, San Mateo County, California.

Items to include in a general citation for FamilySearch Historical Records collection with multiple sources:

  • Name of the Agencies or creator of the records or a phrase indicating various smaller jurisdictions.
  • Title of the original record set or a generic descriptive term.
  • Name of the archive.
  • Locality of the archive.


Municipalities in Brazil. Civil Registration. Corregedor Geral da Justica, São Paulo, Brazil.

Catholic Church parishes in Colombia. Colombia Catholic Church Records. Parishes throughout Colombia.

Future of Collection Citations is in the process of enabling auto-generated citations. Currently, auto-generated citations appear at the bottom of a results page for indexed collections. Once this process is complete for both collection and record citations, the citations within the Historical Records wiki articles are not expected to continue generating the citations.