Private Holdings: Artifact-Reunion Source Type

Don’t forget to cite the artifacts held by private parties, including yourself. Genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends a citation format for these in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”. Following her suggested full reference format helps you and other genealogists understand the provenance and find the owner of the artifact in the future. These are the fields recommended for the full reference citation of a privately held artifact:

  • Item ID
  • Artifact ID
  • Creation Date
  • Current or Last Known Owner
  • Owner’s Location
  • Year Owned
  • Descriptive Detail

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