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.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Citing an Online Book (Previously Published)

Basic Book Online (previously published) (This template uses Mills, EE, QuickCheck Model , p. 661, but it includes the full original publication information; also see 12.79 and 12.82.  This template works for digital images and seems to work for online editions.  Don't use this for databases extracted from books.)
  • Bibliography (Source List Entry):

Burleigh, Charles. The Genealogy and History of the Guild, Guile and Gile Family. Portland, Maine: Brown, Thurston & Company, 1887. Digital images. Google Book Search. : 2007.
  • Full footnote (First Reference Note):
Charles Burleigh, The Genealogy and History of the Guild, Guile and Gile Family (Portland, Maine: Brown, Thurston & Company, 1887), 125; digital images, Google Book Search ( : accessed 23 August 2008)<; [CM]>.
  • Short footnote (Subsequent Note):
<[AUTHOR], ><[ITAL:][SHORT TITLE][:ITAL]><, [CD1]><; [CM]>.

Burleigh, The Genealogy and History of the Guild, Guile and Gile Family, 125<; [CM]>.

Explanation of variations from Mills:
  1. This matches the QuickCheck Model for online digital images of previously published books.  It should work for online editions, also.
TMG notes:
  1. Note the use of the formatting code, [FCAP:][:FCAP] in the Bibliography.  This capitalizes the initial letter of each word.  That's not really what we want, but it's better than leaving this data in lower case.  If the Bibliography is published, capitalization of the data in this field will need to be edited.
New source elements in this template:
  1. Second Author (in Second Person)
  2. Year Posted (in Second Date)


  1. Thanks for this very helpful tip and kindest regards from TMG Brisbane!

  2. Thank you, TMG Brisbane, for being our first out of our immediate group follower! I enjoy your tutorials and videos about TMG on your website also!