I have several sources for obituaries. If it's a newspaper, I cite the paper as my main source and the obituary itself in details. If it's the funeral home website, then I cite the website as the main with the individual in the detail (I also copy the specific page web address and include that in the detail comment), and finally, I have recently been able to get large numbers of obituaries from binders held by a historical society. I made a master source for the binders (complete with information about the depository) and then add all the information in the details.
For those binders, most of the time it also lists the name of the paper where the original obituary appeared (they are photo copies) complete with page/section numbers and as part of my detail comments, I include "citing name of paper, date, section and page" so that I can either go find the true original or someone else could. If it doesn't list the original source, I add a comment to the effect that the original source was not included. Someone would still be able to get to the document I saw (the photocopied page in the binder) but it would take someone going to the society archives in person. Therefore, I'm a "lumper" but not an extreme one. Hopefully that wasn't too confusing to follow. Cynthia DeLay Laurie G wrote: Does the category "obituaries" belong on the master source list, with the details changing for each person for whom you have an obituary, or does the obitua ry for EACH person belong on the master source list (such as Smith, Charley obit, Taylor, Tom obit, etc.?) Thanks, Laurie --
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