Guidelines for Bible Records, and Other Old Records

By "other old records" we mean records similar to Bible records, of possible genealogical importance to descendants of the people mentioned therein. One example is family records kept on the reverse side of a marriage certificate. Sometimes family records were submitted in an affidavit pertaining to a Revolutionary War or Civil War minors' pension. Some were perhaps included in a draft of a letter to a relative who was trying to assemble the family genealogy. The important point is that they are "family records."

If you would prefer to submit photocopies of your old Bible (etc.) records without an accompanying transcription, that's fine. We can put them up as-is, and perhaps generate a transcription ourselves, as we find time. The cut-off year for our definiton of "old" is 1890, which is the same cut-off year we currently use for Old Pictures and tombstone inscriptions. If some of your Bible records concern people born after 1890, that might be alright, as long as the major part of the records pertain to people born before 1890. If you're still uncertain as to whether your records qualify, you should write us.

Keep in mind that DOR-Terrill is a records web site. Our aim is to publish records. We will not publish on our web site a family history masquerading as a transcription article. If you wish to write a transcription article to accompany your record photocopies, use
as examples the articles you find already published in our Bible Records section. The transcription should be "verbatim et literatim"—word-for-word and letter-for-letter accurate. Questionable parts can be discussed in footnotes.

An introductory paragraph or two would be welcome. Its purpose should be be to identify the family, so that interested parties can tell whether ot not these records are relevant for them. You should also establish the provenance of the Bible records, if you can. How were they passed down to you, or to the person who now possesses them?

Work with us. We will be happy to help you. You will be listed as the sole author, and many people will benefit from your willingness to share.

. . . . Conrad Terrill (