How to understand nFS sources?

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dubhdara-p40
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How to understand nFS sources?

Postby dubhdara-p40 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:04 pm

I'm not new to family history, but I have avoided trying to make sense of the way the Church lists its sources. But the time has come for me to try and understand it, so as I could find nothing about it on the "help" for nFS I will ask here:

1. When I click on "individual sources" I do not understand what item of information the source is referencing. How can I tell?

2. Why are sources duplicated? Sometimes the batch number is different - did the Church accidentally microfilm the same records more than once???

3. Why are temple/LDS records given as sources? Sources should be primary sources. I cannot use someone else's research as a basis for my sources, it is only of use if they provide the sources.

4. Where are other sources listed? Let's say the only record of a date of birth
is in an old family bible - where is this recorded in nFS?

5. Why is it I can get my head around most family research, but the Church's procedures for sources, cataloguing, etc. is about as clear as mud? (you don;t have to answer this one :D )

Thanks in advance ;

russellhltn
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Postby russellhltn » Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:10 pm

You'd probably have better luck in getting an answer by asking in the Familysearch forums.

This section is largely inactive.
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

dubhdara-p40
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Postby dubhdara-p40 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:53 am

Thanks for the link - however, for some reason I cannot log into that page but can log in here!

EDIT: Ah, it's not an lds account...will register..thank!


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