> Over a period of time back around 1990, a third cousin responded to a query
> I had posted by sending me a spreadsheet grid of a cemetery in which our
> mutual ancestral relatives were buried. This is cited in my sources as
> "[hisname][date] Private Communication".
> He has now posted the same info at Find-a-Grave. The F-A-G info includes
> persons who have died since our correspondence. I've copied that data into
> my file and sourced it as "findagrave.com
> I have also found some of it at the state's death-record site, and that is
> sourced as "[state] on-line deaths"
> In sharing this information in the future, though, do I pass on all three
> Cheryl Singhals <sing...@erols.com
Yes, I think you should pass along all sources.
The purpose of citing the location of the sources is so that someone can
verify your information if they want to do that, and to show how you arrived
at your conclusions.
You started with private correspondence, then your sources show you checked
this data further. Although the findagrave secondary information, and
provided by the same person, if there are photos there that provides more
proof. Also, someone may want to contact this cousin for more information.
The findagrave would also be helpful for someone who couldn't travel, or if
the submitter could no longer be contacted.
The records at the state's death-record site show that the previous
information was actually recorded on an official document somewhere that you
checked out, so it lends authenticity to your research. It also tells the
reader the location of such records.
All the sources together show your research process.
My 2 cents,
Lisa Lepore <lle...@comcast.net