I would like to start a discussion about rating source-citations. Below are some steps to rate a source-citation in Family Tree Maker 2008.
Family Tree Maker lets you rate the reliability of your sources. You can rate each source-citation to note both the legibility of the source as well as its potential accuracy (i.e., primary source, secondary source, family legend, etc.).
- Click the Sources button on the main toolbar.
- Find the source-citation you want to rate and click it in the Source-Citations list.
(The screen shots are not meant to be a model for proper sourcing, but illustrate how rating sources works.)
- Click the Links tab, if necessary.
- If the source-citation has more than one individual linked to it, click the person's name on the Links tab.
- Click the Rate the source icon (a yellow star). The Rate Source window opens.
Note: You can click the gray (X) button or the Reset button to clear the current rating.
- Use this chart to change the source's rating:
|To do this
|Use your own rating system
||In the Quality score section, click the number of stars to indicate your rating. The more stars you choose, the higher the quality of the source-citation as it pertains to that fact.Note: In the Ratings column, self-rated stars appear in blue.
|Use a standardized rating system
||Click the Use standardized ratings checkbox. Choose how to rate the source:
Note: In the Ratings column, standardized stars appear in gold.
- Source. Choose whether the source is an original document or a transcription or translation of the original.
- Clarity. Choose the legibility of the source.
- Information. Choose whether this information comes from primary or secondary sources.
- Evidence. Choose whether the source states a fact or requires additional evidence.
- If necessary, you can add additional comments about your ratings in the Justification field.
- Click OK. You will see the rating you chose for the source-citation on the Links tab.
Note: You can also see the rating in the People workspace. Click the Person tab.; then select the sourced fact in the Individual and Shared Facts section. The rating appears on the Sources tab in the editing panel.
Note that source-citation ratings measure the quality of a source-citation as it applies to a specific fact rather than to the quality of the source or source-citation in general. That is because a single record may provide excellent proof for one fact but marginal proof for another. For instance, a census record often lists a person's name and age at the time of the census. Thus, that single record provides fairly good proof of the person's name (3 or 4 stars), and only a vague reference to a birth date (1 or 2 stars).
Please let me know your thoughts on rating source-citations.