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#1 rlgleason51



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:01 AM

I just received a book detailing my ancestors immigration. How do I enter it into Repository? Do I list it as being in my home?


#2 Terry Reigel

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:16 AM



The recommended citations for published items, like books, do not include Repositories because it is expected that they are available from multiple locations. For very rare items a Repository may be appropriate, but to use it you will have to modify the Source Type to include it. 


The recommended models for citations do not include showing whether you have a copy yourself, but you can certainly add that information if you want. You could to that by way of a Repository (but if the item already requires a Repository you cannot have two Repositories appear in a single source note) or in the Comments field. If you do the latter you may need to add the [COMMENTS] Source Element to the Source Type if it's not already there.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:29 AM

Thanks, Terry

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:46 PM

You might also be interested in my comments about how I use Repositories in TMG.  This very much depends upon how one chooses to structure the three TMG source templates for a source.  As described in the Source Templates chapter of my book, my personal preference for these templates is to range from output of the least to the most detail, from Short Footnote through Full Footnote to Bibliography. My principle is for the Short Footnote to be just barely enough to refer back to the Full Footnote (or maybe find the entry in the Bibliography which I always produce), and the Full Footnote to be just enough to clearly identify the source and find its more complete Bibliographic (Source List) annotated entry.

One can have many citations for a given source, but will have only one bibliographic entry for each source.  For this reason I only include the Repository source elements in my Bibliography templates to avoid duplicating that information throughout the citations.  However, if you choose not to output a Bibliography then I would suggest including them only in the Full Footnote template.

Details of my use of Repositories is in the Source Guide chapter which also includes examples of my repository abbreviations.  If a book is one that others may be able to obtain, as Terry suggests I would also probably try to cite a more publicly available repository, if such exists.  However as my notes show, I do choose to define a repository for my own private holdings, and for private holdings of specific individuals such as other family members.  These are usually family items or records which do not exist anywhere else.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:42 PM

Thanks Michael. I will take a look.

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:00 AM

The great thing about TMG is the incredible flexibility.  The traditional purpose of repository information is, of course, to allow later researchers to find your original source.  If that source is a book in a library, the library is the repository.  If that source is a document in an archive, the archive is the repository.  A little less traditionally, if that source is a headstone in a cemetery, the cemetery is the repository (genealogists have to deal with a lot of untraditional sources).  In that regard, there is no practical difference between a library and a residence; the residence where the book can be found is the repository.  Though, listing a library where that particular book can be found is likely more useful to latter researchers (people do move from time to time), since it would be easier to find a book in a library than a book in a residence.  Since TMG allows for multiple repositories you can list both places as repositories, selecting the most public one as the primary.  Thus providing the necessary information for future researchers to find your source.

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