What is a Citation Template?

A citation template generates a reference note source citation for a book, periodical, collective work or a manuscript. The model contains all of the necessary elements to create a complete citation of your source. When you insert the citation template using a keyboard shortcut or mouse click, it is an instantaneous operation—almost as if the text appears by magic. After inserting the citation template, all you have to do is type and tab through the fields following the default text prompts with your source specific text. Instructions are included with the templates.

I currently have two macro inserted citation template blocks, 18 censuses and 52 other sources commonly used by genealogists, in two formats; basic, and basic with an auto-inserted viewed date for websites. I can insert them into your document/template for the fee listed below. I can also create custom templates from your source citations to meet your specific needs. All citation templates are crafted according to the guidelines of Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2015). Remember that citation is an art. These source citation templates provide a starting point. It is your responsibility to read and understand Evidence Explained in order to adapt the templates to the material you are citing. Note: the census citations refer to images on Ancestry. For customization of these templates please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Current Citations Available

  • Cemeteries-BillionGraves, Findagrave
  • Census (slave)-years 1850 and 1860
  • Census (state)
  • Census (U.S.)-all 16 census returns from 1790 to 1950
  • DAR/SAR-Membership, Supplelmental, Documentation File and Genealogical Records Committee-Courtesy of Eric Grundset
  • Databases-Ancestry, FamilySearch, Fold3 and New York City Archives
  • Death Certificate (state)
  • DNA-18 different DNA Citations-Courtesy of Angie Bush
  • Draft Cards-WWI and WWII
  • Naturalization-Declaration and Petition for Naturalization
  • Newspaper Websites-ChroniclingAmerica, GenealogyBank, GoogleNews, Newspapers.com
  • Obituary Websites-Ancestry, Legacy, ObitsforLife, Obituaries.com, Rootsweb, Tributes
  • Public Record Websites (new)-411.com, Intelius, BeenVerified, AdvancedBackgroundChecks, Spokeo, Whitepages.com
  • Public Records (old)-Ancestry, FamilySearch
  • Public Trees-Ancestry
  • Ship Manifests
  • Social-Facebook and Linkedin
  • SSDI (Social Security Death Index)
U.S Census Sample

1790 U.S census, County, State, Town, p.X, line X, Firstname Lastname household; image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed May 2015), citing National Archives microfilm M637, roll X.

Public Record Sample

"People Search," database, Intelius.com (http://www.intelius.com : accessed 2 January 2019), entry for Name, age, Place.

Citations Inserted Into your personal Research or Narrative template $29.99 U.S.D

Note: After your PayPal purchase is complete, a dialogue box will open and you will need to click on the "Return to Knox Trail Ances-Tree" link. A pdf file with citation samples will download that you can look at. Then e-mail me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your personal or narrative template, and I will insert the citations and toolbars (MAC) or QAT (Windows). Instructions will be included with the returned templates.

Note: At this present time, 1 July 2024, Microsoft Word for Mac 2016, 2019 and 365 do NOT support custom toolbars. They are working on it but until then there are three options for Word Mac 2016:

  1. Use keyboard shortcuts to trigger the macros until Word toolbars are completed-
  2. Create custom tabs with the macros. See my new support page for info-
  3. Use Word for Mac 2011-

If you would like tech support or a tutorial for any of these templates click here-



Custom Citation and Template Work $60.00/Hour U.S.D