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Citing the Surname Index

The following format could be used when citing the source for information taken from the Surname Index.  (Replace "7 Mar 2013" with the actual date that you accessed the website.  Replace the "entry" phrase with appropriate identifying details.)

Town of Gorham Historical Society, "Surname Index," database, Town of Gorham Historical Society (http://www.GorhamNYHistoricalSociety.org : accessed 7 Mar 2013), entry for Lydia (Mapes) Blodget born ca. 1795. Item # 1251.


Citing the Original Document

The following format could be used when citing the source for information taken from the original document.  Note that you can not cite the original document unless you have actually looked at the original document.  When you have only viewed an index, you must cite the index, as shown above.

W. H. McIntosh, History of Ontario Co., New York (1876; reprint, Ovid, New York: W. E. Morrison & Co., 1976), 154.


Citation Authority

Elizabeth Shown Mills is the recognized authority on citing historical records.  For more information about this topic, see her website at www.historicpathways.com.