I have a problem with this. That's because in my experience the idea
that source type can define needed fields is not supported by
reality. Proof is that results of the same type, say some civil
birth/marriage or death record found on our national Wie Was Wie
site, do not only depend on the type B/M/D, but also on the data
provider, that is the software used by the local (mostly provincial)
archive that supplies the data to the national site. Moreover, the
fields available on the archives own site, may be different from the
aggregated ones available on mentioned national site.
Adapting EE types to the above, and this is just for The
Netherlands, is a hell of a job, I think, and if that leads to say a
1000 types for the whole world, which is very likely, when you want
to cover sites all over the world, is just crazy.
I have RootsMagic here, which I acquired to connect to the FS tree,
but when I try to add a source in that, the choice of templates
simply scares me away.
I like the idea of an overview, but because of the above, I have no
idea how to select fields that make sense.
Having a lot of sources that need fixing, this is something that I
I would really like the author to become more important, and on the
long term implemented as the agent in the GedcomX draft.
Author/Agent then refers to say a local government or church that
issued a document, or a relative (person in Gramps) that provided
info by email.
Title comes next in my view, i.e. I like to organize sources by
author, so that I can distinguish church books which have very
generic titles by themselves by their author. Depending on citation
style, the combo may be displayed in any order, specified by
template or user.
Page/Volume are also things I like to keep, and Record number too.
Currently I have no idea where to put that.
Pub Info is a field I never understood. Was that meant for ISBN or
so? No idea? Sometimes I put a URL in there, but I don't think it
was meant for that.
Which brings me to that URL. I definitely want that on the standard
On FamilySearch, every item in my Source Box has 4 fields: Title,
URL, Citation, Notes. That's all. Adding Author, Volume/Page, Record
Number, Date, and Source Text, would result in 9 fields that cover
about everything I can think of right now. Guess that's my generic
And in this context, Citation is the scientific term, that string
that can be F, L, or S, not what we have in Gramps, or know from
Ancestry, PAF, and so forth.