In “Clearly State What It Is” we talked about citing a copy of a will that was found in my Grandmother’s personal papers. There are reasons to use it, even if an official copy is available at the records office. Sometimes it’s simply cheaper and more practical to use a copy of that type. But occasionally there are even better reasons.

The copy my Grandmother had included her handwritten notes about the will (which I won’t reproduce here). The courthouse copy won’t include those notes. My citation for the complete image of the copy of the will my Grandmother had also includes a short bracketed comment:

[handwritten commentary appears to be written by Ida (Trautvetter) Neill and was identified by Michael John Neill]

That way someone later knows how the handwriting was identified.



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