The census image online source type we created previously for genealogy software Reunion for Mac closely follows the recommendations of genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills from her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition” and her very handy, laminated Quicksheet for Citing Online Historical Resources Unfortunately many of the fields won’t be transferred should you share your database as a GEDCOM or move to different genealogy software.
This is because the GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communications) standard doesn’t have fields for schedule, ward, enumeration district, dwelling, family, and person of interest.
I’m more interested in my research being preserved than following ESM to the letter. I invested at least eight hours figuring out the simplest way to show you how to make your census image online source type and citations GEDCOM safe. I recommend you move your source citations into this source type too.
To make the source type GEDCOM safe we’ll need to move data from the fields that don’t have GEDCOM tags into one that does. Specifically, you’ll combine these fields into the source detail:
- Enumeration District
- Person of Interest
There are a couple other changes too. You’ll also move the page number to the source detail field. A field for census detail is suggested to remind you what information to put in the source detail, and I decided since the previous video, that I want to use a census ID field and move the title into it. That last one’s totally optional.
In this GenealogyTools Member video I show you the process I use to make a the census image online source type GEDCOM safe and how to change existing source records to the new source type.