28 December 2012

Extract or Abstract? Both Are Vital Skills

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Recently The In-Depth Genealogist talked about abstracts versus extracts though there is also a link to Ten Tips and Reasons to Transcribe Documents..

First, what’s the difference between an extract and an abstract? An extract is a word for word copy of important portions of a document. An abstract summarizes the important points in a document. Abstracts also allow for the use of your own personal style.

She goes on to discuss how they are similar and yet different and their importance to your research.  Read her entire article.

I know that a lot of genealogists and family historians struggle with determining what details they should or should not include in an abstract.  To help with that, here are some resources about extracts, abstracts and transcriptions with respect to genealogical research:

Need more assistance, consider the NGS online course Transcribing, Extracting, and Abstracting Genealogical Records.

What is the single most important tip you would give to someone who will be “abstracting” documents?



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