Sources in Gramps

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Sources are important, multiple and can be shared. They are often shared between events. Otherwise, we may group them under a repository (archive, library, folder, etc ...)

GRAMPS gives us a lot of freedom for classification. This is not necessarily an advantage. How then should you go about adding sources and using the power of GRAMPS ?


Classification of events, sources and repositories is related to the GEDCOM format. See the specification :

EVEN 	{EVENT} A noteworthy happening related to an individual, a group, or an organization.
**DATE {DATE} 	The time in a calendar format.
**PAGE {PAGE} 	A number or description to identify where information can be found in a referenced work.
**QUAY {QUALITY_OF_DATA} An assessment of the certainty of the evidence to support the conclusion drawn 
                         from evidence.
**NOTE {NOTE} 	Additional information provided by the submitter for understanding the enclosing data.
SOUR 	{SOURCE} The initial or original material from which information was obtained.
*TITL 	{TITLE} A description of a specific writing or other work, such as the title of a book when used in a 
               sourcecontext, or a formal designation used by an individual in connection with positions of royalty 
               orother social  status, such as Grand Duke.
*AUTH 	{AUTHOR} The name of the individual who created or compiled information.
*ABBR 	{ABBREVIATION} 	A short name of a title, description, or name.
*PUBL 	{PUBLICATION} 	Refers to when and/or were a work was published or created.
*TEXT 	{TEXT} 	The exact wording found in an original source document.
*DATA 	{DATA} 	Pertaining to stored automated information.
REPO 	{REPOSITORY} 	An institution or person that has the specified item as part of their collection(s).
**MEDI {MEDIA} 	Identifies information about the media or having to do with the medium in which information 
**CALN {CALL_NUMBER} 	The number used by a repository to identify the specific items in its collections.
**NOTE {NOTE} 	Additional information provided by the submitter for understanding the enclosing data.

An Example

The data

A death certificate on 1809-05-13, stored at Country Archives of New-York, with call-number : 6Mi5202, for Miss X who died on previous day.

One possibility for the entries

  1. event field : Death - 1809-05-12 - New-York, NY, USA
  2. we add a source : Death certificate of X (died on 1809-05-12)
  3. related to a repository : Country Archives of New-York - call number: 6Mi5202
  4. we check the entries
  5. we may add date (1809-05-13), volume, page and source trustworthiness. This information will be only available between the event (Death of Miss X) and this source. They will be used on Detailed reports as EndNotes.