I'm writing the profiles of my ancestors circa 1800. There are no records that directly say "Person A is the child of Person B". The facts were only determined from a multitude of records from many different profiles that together provide evidence to support a relationship.
So when I write "Person B was the 3rd son of Person A" .. that is the conclusion. I don't feel that including two paragraphs that explain how we know that is relevant within the biography, nor do I feel that its place is in the sources.
I feel its important to include it however in an intuitive manner - otherwise other collaborators may look at the facts, look at the sources and say "how did they conclude that?" .. and then change it ...
What would be ideal is if I could provide the explanation enclosed in an inline tag, but when rendered it shows up as a or something ... and the user clicks on it to see the explanation.
James is the son of William. How do we know that?
First we know that James is brothers to Moses, William, and Samuel. Their age as provided on the census are all within a few years of one another. They all filed land petitions in 1797 together. The petitions were filed by the same clerk. All four are mentioned in the same sentence in one of the petitions. The land allocated to them was all neighboring one another.
Second, we know that William Sr. was the father of William and Samuel, and ergo - by extension - also the father of James and Moses. We know William Sr died in Feb of 1797. The land petitions were all in May of 1797. This shows a reason for the land petitions. Following William Sr's death, a neighbor claimed ownership of his property. Documents show the property was purchased around 1794 by William Sr. In the claim, it was William Jr and Samuel that were listed on the court documents as the defendants. They won the case, and were jointly issued the land.
So as you can see - that's a lot of information to include in the biography. And on an old profile - you may have MULTIPLE facts where a connection of the dots is required.
So what is the proper way of doing this on WikiTree?