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Many families have artifacts or family treasures that are passed down through generations. These may include family Bibles, baby books, land deeds, naturalization certificates, school and church certificates, samplers, quilts, family letters, diaries, or even family manuscripts. Where the court may have a stub for the naturalization, the family may have the actual naturalization certificate that was attached to the stub. The church may have provided a certificate of baptism to the family at the time of the event. These sources should be documented as personal artifacts. It is important to try to learn as much about the provenance of the item as possible to document its authenticity.
Elements of the citation could include: the type of record, the name and address of the person currently holding the record and how it was passed to them from the original owner, the condition of the record, the creator of the record, date of creation, any identifying information about the item, and comments about the source.
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