OK, I admit it. I had to get that off my chest. For several days now I have been entering footnotes into the lineage narrative for Jens T. Dahle. Of course, the first couple of generations are the hardest because I have more information about them and their children. Once I start doing the citations for the folks who were born and died in Norway, it will be easier. It did not help my mental state when I received the following article in my “Linked In for Higher Education” e-mail! (Fair Warning: do not read this until you are done citing that huge document you are presently working on!)
Tom Jones in the BCG video states that we should be consistent. My instructor says we should use the Chicago Manual of Style for the humanities. I have two books, 1 quicksheet, and a printout in front of me, and all propose to be based on the same system but all look quite different. Sigh. It might be my downfall.
For genealogy “fun”, I got caught up in research on Jens T. Dahle’s 7 months in confederate prison. He was in Libby and Belle Island (Richmond, VA) prisons and Salisbury, VA (said to be comparable to Andersonville). There are some very graphic personal accounts written by the survivors. Since Jens was one of the 2900 released just prior to the end of the war, I suspect his experience was very similar. Of course, this is where the family traditions come into play. in a 1981 community book (very low surety), it is stated that Jens was in prison for four years. Not only is this not true, it is not possible. The exchange of prisoners continued throughout the war until the Spring of 1864 when Grant figured out it was prolonging the war and not hastening its end. Up until that time, some soldiers tried to get captured so they could take a rest out of the war and then be repatriated under the “gentleman’s agreement” that they would not fight again! It also states that he weighed 85 pounds upon release. Possible, but not able to be verified unless there are some extant hospital records, which I doubt.
I am seeing the light at the end of this citation tunnel but then there are the other documents to cite as well. Oh, well. I still stand by my method of writing first and cite second. There has been very little I have had to delete or make major modifications to to allow for full footnoting.
Do you think that citation theory is over the top? What are your thoughts?
What I have done since the last post: researched confederate prisons, especially Libby, Belle Island and Salisbury. The quantity of material is amazing on the Civil War. I considered shifting my focus of my class paper from nursing to prisons but decided not to. I like the female revolution aspect of nursing! (did you know that Walt Whitman was a nurse in the Civil War; drove an “ambulance”, i.e. wagon.). I attended class and a small group of more experienced researchers are “finding ourselves.” We have, I have now discovered, several people in the class who are newbies to using a computer. It will be hard for them, I think. This is in contrast to the woman next to me who did research on her smartphone through the class! I love it.