Citing Sources in Your Family Tree

Confused About Citing Sources in Your Family Tree? Let’s Make it Easy

When all we wish to do is locate our ancestors, and fill in the gaps in our family tree, taking the time to document our sources can seem like an extra, tedious task. But, if we want to create a tree that has true value, citing sources is not optional. It’s also not as complicated as you might think.


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