Caroline Gurneys Source Abbreviation Codes
Caroline has created a system where she can sort all her sources by type using a coding system for each source type. Below is her explanation of this procedure:
I start each source abbreviation with a 2 to 4 letter code for source type eg BK (book), CEN (census), PR (parish register), WILL (will) etc. Sorting the MSL by abbreviation then groups all sources of a given type together. It is then easy to access each different source type by entering its initial letters.
I also use the 3 letter Chapman county code, the placename, the surname, forename and date in the source abbreviation, where relevant.
So, the source abbreviations for censuses look like this:
CEN 1851 BDF, Dean
CEN 1901 HAM, Christchurch
WILL EATON Samuel 1812
WILL EATON William 1696
BK HAM Christchurch Watermills
BK KEN Gravesend History
BK LND Streets of
for parish registers:
PR HAM Christchurch Bap
PR KEN Gravesend Bur
for birth certificates:
BC BENTLEY Joseph 1840
BC EATON Alice 1882
For books that are surname-centric I use:
BK * BRUNSKILL Joseph
BK * CORBOULD Genealogy
I use * to identify non-geographic-centric books and separate them from the geographic-centric titles, which I want to sort together by county. Putting the surname in capitals makes the surname-centric ones stand out from others in the non-geographic-centric list. I use the same divisions for websites/pages.
Using this system I can Search the MSL, by abbreviation, for any of the standard elements - county code, place name, date, surname etc, and find all sources related to Hampshire, the Eaton family or whatever. Using the Search Again button takes you from source to source, hopping down the list.
This system also helps enormously in designing report filters.
Caroline Gurney's Source Abbreviation codes
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