There are many common myths surrounding legislation and legislative research, and these myths have the potential of running researchers into a fair bit of trouble. In this new blog post miniseries, we’ve decided to take a crack at dispelling and demystifying those myths that the average researcher may encounter.
If you have ever found yourself tracing a statute far back into history, working with very old legislation, or completing any research that takes you back into the distant annals of time, you may have encountered a source note that looks quite different than the rest. While we are used to source notes that follow the more intuitive formula of calendar year, chapter, and section (i.e. 2000, c. 41, s. 18), if we go back far enough, we encounter a time when regnal years sorted themselves into the equation.
In our previous blog post Following the Breadcrumbs, we walked you through how to use source notes to trace legislation back to its inception. But what happens when these source notes disappear, and you no longer have a trail of breadcrumbs to follow?