Terry's TMG Tips

Cemetery Source Type Using the Split CD

This page created 28 Jan 2006

Applies to Versions 8 & 9

I formerly used a split CD method for several types of sources in order to be able to "lump" several sources into a single Source in TMG. But I have since converted of them to a "splitter" format, primarily to enable improvements in the websites I am now creating with Second Site. While I no longer particularly recommend the use of split CDs I am offering the following example for readers who would like to explore this method.

Here is a custom Source Type I have developed for cemetery markers. It requires only one Source be defined for the entire cemetery, and uses the split CD method to produce footnotes that are similar to the Mills examples:

Source Type for Cemetery Makers:

Full Footnote: [CD1] tombstone <, [CD2]>, [REPOSITORY], [REPOSITORY ADDRESS]<, [COMMENTS]><, [CD3]>.
Short Footnote: [CD1] tombstone, [REPOSITORY]<, [CD3]>.
Bibliography: [REPOSITORY ADDRESS]. [REPOSITORY]. Tombstone data.

Style notes

I have included the Comments element, where I record details like who photographed or transcribed the stones which will be referenced by this source.

Technical Notes

How This Source Type Works

You create one source in the Master Source List for each cemetery. When you create the Citation Details for each citation to that source, you enter the name(s) on the stone and any details like section and lot numbers as part of the CD, along with any notes specific to that particular citation. These items are separated by pairs of "pipes" (found on most keyboards above the "\" on the key at the far upper right). When you have no entry for a particular item, simply include the pipes, but leaving only a single space the missing item.

Usage Notes

In the Source Definition Screen, enter the following in the fields provided:

Field Comments Example
Title: Not required, enter whatever you like to see in the "More" view of the Master Source List  
(Supplemental tab)
Enter any general notes that apply to the all the stones cited in the cemetery photographed by author, Jul 2001

Attach a Repository to the Source Definition, entering:

Field Comments Example
Name-Other: Name of cemetery Riverview Cemetery
Detail: Street address of the cemetery (optional) 146 Main St.
City: City where cemetery is located (optional) Eddyville
County: County where cemetery is located (optional) Lyon Co.
State: State where cemetery is located (optional) Kentucky

When the Source is cited, enter the name(s) of the person(s) on the stone and detailed location information, as well as any notes, in the Citation Detail. Each part is separated by a pair of vertical lines, or "pipes." The order of the elements in the CD is:

The CD might be as follows:

Caleb C. Cobb||sect. 26, lot 4||shows age 84

The resulting full footnote would be:

Caleb C. Cobb tombstone, sect. 26, lot 4, Riverview Cemetery, 146 Main St., Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, photographed by author, Jul 2001, shows age 84.

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