An Apology to Our Visitors
This site was down for approximate a week when our Internet Domain Registrar, Namecheap, hijacked the domain and refused to provide access. After spending many days dealing with their inept tech support people (most of whom appear to be located in third-world countries where their employees have a minimal grasp of the English language) and being lied to, the decision was finally made to report Namecheap to ICANN (the Internet Agency that has oversight over domain registrars). Namecheap had been informed that if they didn't release the domain and the site restored, a complaint would be filed. Needless to say, it took just a few hours after the complaint was filed before Namecheap finally released the domain (and it was immediately transferred to another registrar), and this site was restored. Given this experience, we strongly recommend that you do not use Namecheap to register your domains. Again, thank you for your patience and we're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
1940 U.S. Census Celebration!
In honor of the release of the 1940 U.S. Census, this site has been updated and a blank form is being provided that may be used for transcribing your ancestor's information. The blank 1940 Census form may be found by clicking here.
While you're visiting, be sure to visit the rest of this site and find out how easy it is to cite your sources. Enjoy!
Citing genealogical sources for your family history shouldn't require a degree in rocket science or entail spending every waking moment trying to determine exactly how to document your materials. I created "Simple Citations" for my own use because all of the existing approaches require too much work, are fraught with ambiguities, and are far too confusing. It was also created to be used with RootsMagic, a program which, in my opinion, has the most well-designed user interface (although it's not perfect), is relatively (no pun intended) easy to use, and most important of all, allows me to document my sources consistently and with the least amount of effort. The approach advocated by Simple Citations can, however, be used in other programs but with the realization that they probably don't have a customizable template system for entering data consistently. Over the years, I've used many of the other programs out there and most are too complicated and confusing to use. I decided to create this site to help others understand how the Simple Citations system works.
In order to make this site as easy to use as possible, it has been divided into several sections:
- Overview: Provides basic information about Simple Citations.
- Templates: Although this page may be a bit technical, it explains how the templates were developed.
- Examples: Simple Citations is very easy to use, I have, however provided some examples for those who are visual learners.
- Download: This link will take you off this site to the templates that RootsMagic uploaded more than a year ago. Although I have made a few very minor (e.g., spelling) changes since then, these are the same files I've used for the past year.
- FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Links: Just a few links to other sites that may be of interest.