Ensure source citations on all documents
Sources for the documents are critical. I don't seem to be able to find these currently.
I personally maintain a separate folder for each individual on my family tree records and I find the lack of source details on the household transcriptions means I do twice as much printing and searching.
Previously I'd just locate the requisite household and print whatever number of copies I wanted, one per individual, now I have to search for each person in order to print what is essentially the same information.
Alternatively if technically feasible make it possible to click on a name in the Household Members section to alter the information displayed in the Individual Transcriptions section to save on doing multiple searches.
Please give proper references for documents, and make it clear which reference series they are from. Particularly for NTA documents. It is embarrassing, when asked "where is that information from?" not to be able to give a proper reference. Some people still care.
The census citations on the Scottish censuses do not make sense any more. They previously did on the old UK site, albeit with some transcription and terminology errors, but never did on the US site, with nonsensical RG numbers which you have now imposed on your new platform. Scottish censuses were not kept at TNA, and are cited differently to English censuses. It may not seem important if you're not a genealogist, but source information is as important as the information contained in the records themselves for those who are.
The "Printer Friendly version" should include the citation at the bottom
Re "as you also run ScotlandsPeople you have access to it!!"
It may not be quite as simple as you would like. DCTFH run SP on behalf of the Scottish Government - they do not control SP themselves so cannot just copy over files for use on FMP.
What they undoubtedly *should* be able to do is walk down the corridor (be it real or virtual) and talk to the guys who program SP or load its data and understand the referencing system for the Scottish census. That's certainly what I want them to do (see below). It's synergy and is a major justification for big suppliers.
Fiona Hall commented
Absolutely! We need the PROPER references for Scottish Census data. And as you alos run Scotlands People you have access to it!!
Rosemary Morgan commented
FMP USA has recently blogged about the importance of citing sources correctly: http://www.findmypast.com/content/citations. This lesson needs to be learnt in the UK as well, and nowhere is this more visible than with the Scottish census transcriptions, which need their proper GROS citations (not the made up English version). Please correct this asap.
It really doesn't matter what citation format FMP decides to use, as long as they use one. Basically, FMP should just churn out the source information it must already have been given!
But perhaps the most straightforward way is to use the formats dictated by the source repositories (like TNA). Somebody spent good money on devising the individual archive hierarchies so it is just plain courtesy to refer to them in the manner indicated.
Agree 100% Include full GROS data.
The present way of citing the Scottish censuses makes it extremely difficult to trace the originals.
Re Scottish censuses - ask the Scottish Government why! They've the ones who'd have to licence them.
Why can't we have the images of the Scottish census same as the English ones!!
C Pert commented
As a Dundee based company DCT should be in touch with the Scottish system of registration. Please sort things out asap.
The Scottish census citations on FMP now have RG numbers. which makes no sense.
Please put it back as it was on the old UK site
I suggest you consult with your colleagues at ScotlandsPeople to understand their referencing system. Let's have some synergy across DCT!
Nor do they use the HO or RG classes as the Scottish censuses were never at Kew, so will never have been assigned class, piece and folio. So far as I know, they use Enumeration District, etc, but your colleagues at ScotlandsPeople will know all about them.
So far as I can see the 1901, 1891, 1881, 1871, 1861 censuses still have RG numbers, which must be totally made up from the census year. Please remove them from all the SCOTTISH censuses.
The 1841 and 1851 censuses have correctly lost the HO class, thankfully. This analysis is based on a very, very small sample.
Given that the Evidence Explained templates are directed at American practice and that few British genealogists have even heard of EE's author, Elizabeth Shown Mills, I think this is a low priority task.
HOWEVER - each record set SHOULD be clear about where the data has come from. Just having, in the transcription, "Diocese of Chester Bishop's Transcripts of Baptisms c1600-1910" (e.g.) is not good enough - it needs to record the parish from where the data originated, particularly as earlier registers don't have the parish name on every page.
So yes, each record / record set should say where it's come from but do NOT get hung up on "correct" citations. Just describe it.
Mark Morgan commented
Citations using Evidence Explained templates