PGM: Can you help with unsourced profiles?

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Recently, over in the "Tree House," Gaile C. asked:

How can we encourage more Wikitreers to take unsourced profiles under their wing?


One way that the members of the Puritan Great Migration (PGM) project can help (incuding those interested in getting involved in the PGM project) is to review the

United States Unsourced profiles

Look for profiles of people born between, say, 1585-1630. See if they were a) born in England, and b) died in New England. Chances are they are a candidate for the "PGM" template.

Take one on, and:

and VOILA! You've helped two projects at once AND helped improve wikitree. (Look for duplicates and propose merges, and you've helped THREE projects!)

Thanks so much and feel free to ask questions here.


in Requests for Project Volunteers by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (757k points)

1 Answer

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It's funny that you ask this... because I've been doing it a lot lately. Every day I check my watch list, primarily to see if the person being added or edited is related. If not, or especially if they have no parents listed, I start researching. I can usually find traces of them and their families. I add sources and even parents, siblings or children as recorded in census, birth and death records.

The one problem I come across with the files is that I don't understand all the junk tags. Since I don't understand what their purpose is, I'm hesitant to "clean them up." Just because I think they're "junk" I'm not sure if they have some value to someone. What is safe to get rid of? Are their any guidelines that you can direct me to?


by Brenda Moore G2G1 (1.1k points)
Brenda, in the opening post there's a link to editing GEDCOM uploaded profiles.  You'll find the guidance you're seeking there.

Thanks for all you're doing.
I got a much clearer understanding of how to deal with gedcom garbage after I uploaded a couple of small gedcoms of my own. Seeing the garbage that was created from my own records has made it easier to figure out how to deal with garbage created from other people's gedcoms.

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