Help:Source Page Title Examples

This list is to collect examples that help to illustrate the rules for Source page titles. At present they are meant for discussion to decide on the best form. Eventually it is hoped that they will guide users in naming Source pages.

Things to keep in mind:

Page titles are not source titles. Each source page has fields for author, title, etc.
Page titles must be unique - they are record names in the wiki.
Page titles are an aid to recognizing a source and distinguishing between similar sources.
Page titles are not complete citations. A citation can be constructed using the fields on the source page.

Basic Rules

Choosing title elements

  1. If the source is a book (in any form) with a human author, use the "Author. Title" format.
  2. Otherwise, if the source is a geographically-oriented record set, use the "Place. Title" format.
  3. Otherwise use just the "Title". This includes websites unless the website content is a copy of an off-line book or geographically-oriented record set, in which case see rules 1 or 2.


  1. Capitalize all important words
  2. Use the author as given on the work itself
  3. Use the title as given on the work itself, except:
- for geographic record sets, the place name should not be repeated twice.
- omit leading articles (a, an, the)
- omit subtitles unless necessary for disambiguation

Federal government records - Place. Record group

Example: Source:United States, Congress. American State Papers, Class VIII: Public Lands
Example: Source:United States, General Land Office [would this also do for their online database, 1796-1907?]
Example: Source:United States, National Archives. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900
Example: Source:United States. Social Security Death Index
[Need examples of passenger lists & naturalization files.]

Census [federal & state, from whoever's microfilm or from Ancestry]

Example: Source:Carbon, Pennsylvania, United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule
Example: Source:Monroe, Iowa, United States. 1895 Iowa State Census
[Need some non-U.S. examples, please.]

State-level records [not attributable to a specific author who published a collection/compilation]

Example: Source:Ohio, United States. Birth Certificate - page for actual birth certificates held by state registrar
Example: Source:Iowa, United States. Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion
Example: Source:California, United States. Death Index, 1940-1997 - discrete record set for limited dates published by the state
Example: Source:Pennsylvania Archives [do not include series no. - put that in the page text]

County/city-level records [not attributable to a specific author who published a collection/compilation]

Example: Source:Dallas, Iowa, United States. Births - Birth records held by the County
Example: Source:Dallas, Iowa, United States. Birth Records, 1860-1937; Index, 1867-1937 - FHC record set for limited dates
Example: Source:Orange, Virginia, United States. Court records
Example: Source:Dallas, Iowa, United States. Marriages 1880-1926 - book with just those dates published by historical society; place omitted from title
Example: Source:Dallas, Iowa, United States. Probate records
Example: Source:Dallas, Iowa, United States. Tax lists

Records published by a Society or organization - same as above

Church records - [need examples of all the ways these appear]

Example: Source:United States, Louisiana, Winn Parish. Mount Zion Methodist Church Register
Example: Source:United States, Louisiana. Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Church Records
[NOTE: This series includes records from 1707, from all over south Louisiana + Natchez; would a geographical style of entry be too tortured?]
Example: Source:United States, Virginia, Middlesex. The Vestry book of Christ Church Parish, 1663-1767.

Records collections (authored) Author. Title (One author, name as given on work, omit subtitles unless it will cause confusion)

Example: Source:Meldrum, Charlotte D. Early church records of Burlington County, New Jersey
Example: Source:Arnold, James N. Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636–1850

Typescript (unpublished) - Author. Title.

Books in series [Library of Congress uses a single listing]

Example: Source:Connecticut, United States. Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records [Barbour wasn't author, he was the examiner of public records that headed the project]
Example: Source:Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633
Example: Source:Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635

Series of compiled records [various compilers and places]

Example: Source:Acadian church records

Published under the same name with editions named after the first

[need examples]

Published under same name without named editions - use year

Example: Source:Arsenault, Bona. Histoire et généalogie des Acadiens (1965)
Example: Source:Arsenault, Bona. Histoire et généalogie des Acadiens (1978 ed)

Journals and other periodicals [whether authored or not authored; do not include specifics of article]

Example: Source:Vance Family Association Newsletter


Example: Source:United States, Iowa, Mahaska. Oskaloosa Sunday Globe

Websites Use Author.Title (Create as a Source Page only if 1) you are citing information created by the author of the page, as opposed to content also available elsewhere (like a transcription); and 2) the cited information is of high quality and of interest to more than just a few people or their descendants.)

Example: Source:Caleb Johnson.