Mills 20 "Basic Elements" from Evidence! (1997)

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Elizabeth Shown Mills, _Evidence!: Citations & Analysis for the family historian_ (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1997), p. 62, "Record sources are endlessly varied. Yet all citations are constructed from a few basic elements." There followed a table recognizing about 20 basic elements and seven "main types of resources genealogists use." The table design indicated which of the elements were "almost always" or "sometimes" applicable to each of the seven types of resources.

The seven "main types" of resources therein are: Archival Manuscripts Articles, Books, Censuses, Electronic Data, Local Government Records. Microform.

AdrinB38, "re: What's Wrong with Sources?," Dec 15, 2010 12:57 pm, _BetterGECOM [Wiki]_ (message/view/Shortcomings+of+GEDCOM/31633551?o=20 ), in part, Adrian's listing of the of the Mills 20 "Basic Elements" follows.

1. Name of author / compiler / editor, etc
2. Title of book / document / film, etc
3. Publication place
4. Publisher's name
5. Publication year
6. Publication date (month & year)
7. Title of article or item etc
8. Volume number
9. Publication number (film or disk)
10. Page / frame / folio
11. Document / file name
12. Document / file number
13. Collection name
14. Collection number
15. Repository name
16. Repository location
17. Enumeration or document date
18. Enumeration district name / number
19. Dwelling / family or line number
20. Date of record creation / filing

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AdrinB38, "re: What's Wrong with Sources?," Dec 13, 2010 9:41 am, BetterGECOM [Wiki] (message/view/Shortcomings+of+GEDCOM/31633551 ), in part, "If I look in Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence! (which is the only one of her books I have), the table on "Basic patterns of citation" includes 20 elements that may, or may not, go to make up a citation. Now, you can argue about whether it should be 20 or a similar number, but that's not the point. … "