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From: "Paul J. Harris" <>
Subject: RE: [GENBOX] Personal Knowledge Source?
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 00:13:18 -0500
Duh, I think I see your point and question, now. I believe that what you are
asking is if you source a Local Site in an Event, is that Source Citation
citing the source for the Local Site only, or the Local Site AND the Leading
Modifier. Well, I think the simple answer is Yes and No.
Here is the way I look at it: Let's say you are entering information about
your grandmother's birth, and you have her birth certificate, which says she
was born at 612 Hammel Street. If you enter that as a Local Site for the
birth, you certainly would be correct to attach the birth certificate as a
Source for that information. Now family lore, passed down from generation to
generation, until it got to you, so it is personal knowledge, though very
secondary, says that she was born on the kitchen table because she was busy
fixing dinner at her sister's house and wouldn't leave the kitchen. So, you
go into the Local Site field of the birth event and add a Leading Modifier
to the address, such as, "on the kitchen table, in her sister's house at"
followed by "612 Hammel Street. You now have additional information that was
not in the original source of the birth certificate, and it has come from
your personal knowledge (actually, an interview with a relative), but for
the sake of argument, it is your personal knowledge. Now you want to attach
another Source Citation to the ASSERTION about where this took place at the
Local Cite level, so you add your Personal Knowledge Source. Now you have a
dilemma, because the different sources contributed different PARTS of the
information contained in the ASSERTION.
This is where I, and many others, feel that it becomes IMPERATIVE to
ANNOTATE your citations for your own clarity of review, as well as for
others. IOW, on the Cited Sources Tab of the Citation View, EXPLAIN how each
individual source has contributed to the information in your assertion in
the Annotation field:
Birth Certificate:"Listed place of birth as 612 Hammel Street, ...."
Personal Knowledge:"Family lore has been passed to me indicating ...."
I am very careful about doing this when it comes to dates. I ALWAYS annotate
how MUCH of the date came from each source. If I have a cemetery marker as a
source for a death date, among other sources, I want to know when I look at
the citations for the date if the cemetery marker contributed 21 Apr 1921 or
just 1921. By annotating that source with "Died in 1921" I know that it only
showed the year.
In this way, you are indirectly 'attaching' the different sources to the
different 'parts' of the location. Perhaps, others will have additional
Workshop?? just had it! <g>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rich Marek [mailto:]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 11:18 PM
> Subject: Re: [GENBOX] Personal Knowledge Source?
> Thanks Paul,
> Never picked up on the fact that leading modifiers are linked to
> the Event.
> Is the modifier linked to the Source that cites the place? In
> other words if
> it "is", I may not want to add a modifier which is my Personal Knowledge
> just for the sake of dressing up the Narratives because that bit of
> embellishment was never in the Source cited on the Place.
> Second, since I am a Novice Template creator, do you have a Personal
> Knowledge template I can study? Or better yet, when is your workshop
> scheduled? Anyway, thanks for opening my eyes.
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