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Never Forget to Add the Source


This was in my email 12 September 2021 just before my presentation with Columbia Chapter, SCGS. Taken by Robin Foster, 12 September 2021.



I received this email from FamilySearch.org early this morning before I was scheduled to give a presentation for Columbia Chapter, SCGS later today. I was very excited because I never came across a obituary for Frank Luther Vance. He was my great uncle. Rev. Lafayette Franklin Vance was his father.


I got even more excited after clicking on my email message. All I wanted to do was to click on "View Full Obituary."

"United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QP15-Q73M : 18 July 2020), Frank Lafayette Vance, 1959.


Frank Luther Vance was his name. They had Frank Lafayette Vance. His mother was named Nunia Johnson Vance. All the rest of the names were right. I was still excited to see the rest of the family. I got know Lutherine the best. I remember the times when we used to go to her house. She lived in the same house on Barhamville Rd. in Columbia, SC. She made us feel so welcome when we moved there. We could almost feel how it would have felt back before 1952.

"United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSWW-NNDC?cc=2860782 : 1 May 2020), > image 1 of 1; Citing Newsbank.


Wow! I couldn't believe I was looking at Uncle Frank's obituary. I know I will find avenues of research from this obituary - probably when the newness wears off.


As for right now, we have to do something with this obituary. We have to make sure that it is attached to Frank and given a source.


First, you have to go back the index:

"United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QP15-Q73M : 18 July 2020), Frank Lafayette Vance, 1959.


Next, I will attach the record to Frank Luther Vance. You can see "Attach To Family Tree." I clicked on that:



Look on the left where it says: United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011. The is Frank's obituary. On the right, you can see it is the "Family Tree."


I want to put these two records together. Now, each name will have that record attached, but for our purposes here, we will only attach Frank Luther Vance. I will come back later to do the others.


If I just look at Frank, there are two things I need to do. I need to "Add" the obituary: 09 Sep 1959, and then I will click "Attach."



Do you see "Detach?" The record has been added to Frank Luther Vance on Family Tree. Now, we will see the source by first clicking on Frank Luther Vance's name:


The "Person Card" comes up. From there, click on "Sources."

You can see the first source from 1959. It is the one with blue arrow. That is the source we just did.


What about adding sources that are not on FamilySearch.org? That is easy. Just click on "Add Source:"

There are three other ways to add a source:

  • Add New Source

  • Add New Memory Source

  • Attach From Source Box

We will choose Add New Source:

This is what you need to fill out for that source you find outside of FamilySearch.org. To save it, you have to complete the form, and a "Save" button comes up at the bottom.


We never want to leave out the source.

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