The image above is of the Deaths page from the Family Records
section of the Arvilla Ames West bible. I’m posting this page
So I have these images with important family genealogy
In her “Evidence: Citation and Analysis for the Family
What is the bible’s publication date, and does it match the date
occurred before the bible was published?
The bible was published in 1859, and while there are earlier
events recorded, they are the birth dates of the owner, Arvilla
Are the ink and handwriting for entries the same throughout,
which would indicate that they were all entered at the same
As the image above shows, entries were made by more than one
person, starting about 1900. Arvilla Ames West was 90 years old
then and the entry for Clarinda B.(ritton)Goodwin’s death in
Since I haven’t seen the actual pages I can’t comment on the ink
used on the entries. But I had no doubt as to the authenticity of
the bible to begin with. I wanted to show how it can be proven
to someone else.
So, how to cite the source?
Back to Evidence! The example given is for a Family Bible
with provenance (p65) but while I know it was Arvilla’s
in 1859 and I know who had it before they passed it on to
Aunt Dot, there is still a question on who had it in between
the two. I think it was Arvilla’s eldest daughter, Ann Matilda
West Marston, but I need to confirm that. So, without
Image File “Arvilla Ames West Bible Deaths" scanned
blank here for reasons of her privacy. And when I have the exact
provenance established I’ll post an update.
Of course, since it’s a bible it would have to be divine provenance!
Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the
Family Historian , 17th printing (Baltimore: Genealogical