The ability to customize almost anything is one of The Master Genealogist's (TMG) most powerful features - and one of its most frustrating. The amazing detail in Evidence Explained makes it a treasure for genealogists - but makes it difficult to synthesize principles. Put the two together and you get chaos - or a wonderful way to cite your sources consistently and professionally.

The Tri-Valley TMG User Group is associated with the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS), and we meet in Pleasanton, California. Information on our meetings - location, date, time, and topic - is always available on the home page of the L-AGS web site. Our three-hour meetings are actually hands-on workshops in which up to fifteen computers are connected to a digital projector allowing customized personal assistance to attendees. In the past, the group has systematically studied Lee Hoffman's Getting the Most out of The Master Genealogist and Terry Reigel's A Primer for The Master Genealogist. In February 2010 we embarked on our most ambitious project to date, a study of Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained.

If you would like to participate in the Tri-Valley TMG User Group's adventures as we attempt to create TMG source templates that approximate Evidence Explained's principles, please feel free to comment and share your ideas.

If you would like to download and use our source type templates in your personal database, we would appreciate it if you retain our acronym (TVTMG) in the template name. Societies, if you would like to use these templates in your group activities, please contact the TV-TMG chair at:

Please note that these are our attempts
and they have not been approved by Mills! In other words, please don't blame her incredible book for our mistakes. Unless otherwise stated, all references are to the 2007 edition of Evidence Explained.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Citing a Cemetery Marker (Rural)

Cemetery Marker (Rural) (Duplicates Mills, EE, 5.13 and QuickCheck Model, p. 213)
  • Bibliography (Source List Entry):

Harvey Cemetery (Breathitt County, Kentucky; 0.1 miles E of Hardshell off Route 476). Grave markers.
  • Full footnote (First Reference Note):
[CEMETERY] (<[COUNTY]><, [STATE]><; [MEMO1]>)<, [CD]><; [FORMAT]>< by [READER],>< [DATE]><; [CM]>.

Harvey Cemetery (Breathitt County, Kentucky; 0.1 miles E of Hardshell off Route 476), Joseph Fugate marker; photographed by Angela Lansbury, 6 August 2008<; [CM]>.
  • Short footnote (Subsequent Note):

Harvey Cemetery (Breathitt Co., Ky.), Joseph Fugate marker<; [CM]>.

Explanation of variations from Mills and TMG notes:
  1. No variations noted.
  2. Enter directions to the cemetery in [MEMO1], reserving [MEMO2] for any additional comments about the cemetery you wish to record.
  3. [CD] and [CD1] are synonymous, so any additional split citation detail entries don't affect the output of this template.  Of course, you could always modify the template.
New source elements in this template:
  1. No new source elements.

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