Example Profile Plans

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Hi there!

We're working on the plans for the example profiles used in the Connection Finder for the next month and we want your input. If you have ideas for EPOWs for the empty days, speak up! In addition to speaking up, being willing to help improve the profile is welcomed, too. It's a great opportunity to highlight collaboration within our community.

Have ideas for EPOWs beyond the next two months? We keep track of those. Just comment or answer and we'll add them to the draft list. 

Here's what we have so far for the rest of 2020:


  • 25: First Thanksgiving (USA)


  • 2: Rock Legends
  • 9: Newspaper Founders
  • 16: Game Show Hosts
  • 23: Christmas related
  • 30: Stephen Leacock Humor Medal recipients or Athletes Who Died During Their Careers

Let us know what you think; if you have a different idea for who to feature or what theme to use, just speak up!

Note: EPOWs are always subject to change but that doesn't mean we will never feature who we planned-they've just likely been postponed for a reason like a recent event or connection error. 

Here's our general guidelines for choosing and working on EPOWs.

in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (576k points)
edited by Abby Glann
Thanks, Melanie! (Sorry; I had to sign out and back in as myself, so you're getting this message twice.)

I'll make sure this is on our list. I don't know if we'll use it at New Year's or wait, but it sounds like there's possibilities. Another idea someone has suggested is athletes who died during their careers. We'll see what we can come up with.

I had hoped for a Gilbert and Sullivan thing for the end of December, but Pirates debuted on the 31st, not the 30th.  sad (My Mum gave me a birthday treat and took me and my daughter to see the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company when they toured Australia.

That, or canaries - because the 30th December 1986 is when canaries were made redundant from British coal mines.  (I know we  couldn't actually do canaries, but there are plenty of coal-mine-related people. (And -- they kept using canaries THAT LONG  surprise)

Or Don Bradman - because the 30th December 1939 was when he scored 267 runs in a South Australia v Vic match --- a world record 34th double century in cricket.

(I was basically looking for things that might have international appeal.  Rudyard Kipling's name was on my list, as was Lenin (for the creation on that day of the USSR), and Cole Porter, Bo Diddley, Luise Rainer (German born), Artie Shaw, Romaine Rolland (French), Jan Baptista van Helmont (Belgian scientist), Amelia Bloomer . . . So I went with suggesting something I could find associated profiles for.)

Those all sound great, Melanie! Nothing's been decided yet. We'll see what we come up with. I think a mining theme would be interesting. I didn't know they used canaries that long!

If I can find a photo, I could offer Louis Edward Barnett (profile link) or one of his sons (Miles (need to work on bio) or Denis(need to work on bio)) for the Dec 16th slot. 

Louis influenced the medical field. Miles was a physicist and a meteorologist. Denis was an Air Chief Marshal for the RAF during World War II.

Back on the possibility of Stephen Leacock for the 30th December (because humour).

When I first proposed him, I did not know about - and had not looked for - the WT category for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

In that category are eight (8) profiles.  Of those eight, five (5) are connected.  If you were to use those five, plus Jack Benny, plus Robert Benchley (as they are mentioned in Leacock's Wikipedia article), there'd only be a need to either connect one (or more) of the remaining three existing profiles - or to find another humourist related in some way to Leacock, who already has a WT profile.  I already mentioned (and linked) Pierre, but include him again for completeness). 

Pierre Francis de Marigny Berton — has bio, has picture, IS connected

Alfred Earle (Earle) Birney — could do with a bio upgrade, needs picture, is NOT connected

John Victor Maxwell (Max) Braithwaite — has bio, needs picture, IS connected

Dr Ernest Redmond Buckler — could do with a bio upgrade (right now the bulk of the bio is his obit), needs picture, IS connected

Robertson William Davies — has bio (could do with fleshing out a little), has picture, IS connected

Max Ferguson, OC — needs bio upgrade (and sources), has picture, is NOT connected (I adopted his profile so I could work on the bio, but have no real ideas regards connecting him)

William Patrick (W. P.) Kinsella — has bio, has picture, is NOT connected

Farley McGill Mowat — has bio, has picture, IS connected

I had absolute zero success in finding any deceased female recipients, or shortlisted nominees, with WT profiles, so it'd be another 100% male lineup.

(Edit to correct name, because I'm an idiot.)

Ub is at Iwerks-1 

Findagrave has his mother and wife linked.

Another couple of names associated with Stephen Leacock would be Arthur William Currie and Richard Bedford Bennett.  Both have a biography, a picture, and ARE connected.  

Max Ferguson, OC — needs bio upgrade (and sources), has picture, is NOT connected (I adopted his profile so I could work on the bio, but have no real ideas regards connecting him)

ago by Melanie Paul


I have updated his profile, and added as many sources as I could find.

I have also, just now, CONNECTED him to the Tree.  (It should show after next update.) 

There are numerous profiles associated with the D'Oyley Carte Opera Company, all with full bios and connected to the tree. The England Project had a contest earlier this year to develop the profiles.
I've recently run across references to D'Oyley when researching another family, but hadn't the energy (or time) to track it down.

My thing with the D'Oyley Carte didn't work for this December, because the date wasn't right (1 day off!), but - considering the potential profiles - maybe we could find a match for some month in 2021. (7, 14, 21, 28 April - 5, 12, 19, 26 May - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June - 7, 14, 21, 28 July - 4, 11, 18, 25 August - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 September - 6, 13, 20, 27 October - 3, 10, 17, 24 November - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 December -- because Abby's post for January to March has filled up fast!)

15 Answers

+7 votes

John Buchan was born on August 26.

William Andrew White died on September 9.

B.B. King was born on September 16.

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (531k points)
John Buchan looks to fill all the items on the checklist. I've never heard of any of his books!
BB isn't connected, so he'll likely need to wait. It isn't impossible to get him connected by then, but it may be a stretch.

About John Buchan, I loved his books (well, most of them) before I knew that he had been Governor General.

Sorry about B.B. King. I failed to notice the jigsaw piece icon. I was looking for some black people to include, given all that's been going on.

Otis Redding is another who was born September 9, also unconnected, unfortunately.

There's also the genius Dennis Ritchie (born September 9) but it's one of those create-and-orphan profiles.

+8 votes

James Dean died on September 30.

by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (254k points)
+7 votes

Peter Falk and Lauren Bacall were both born Sep 16 and are connected. I imagine Lauren has been featured in the past though I could not find when. They are both connected. Nathan Mayer Rothschild was born 16 September 1777 (not the best choice in the Rothschild family though). 

September 9 - it's the anniversary of William the Conqueror's death (and his birth date is not known). Again he might have been featured previously. I could suggest Richelieu (born September 9, needs tons of work) or Toulouse-Lautrec (died September 9) but we're already featuring a French profile this week.

Still looking at August 26. There is Peggy Guggenheim (born on that day), not sure that would be good enough. It's also the birthday of Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, one of the hot air ballooning pioneer brothers, but again he's French. What about Christopher Isherwood?

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (489k points)
I'll just add that I think William Andrew White would still be a better choice than any of those I suggested for September 9.
+9 votes

Albert Szent-Györgyi was born on Sep. 16. Parts of the "chain" are a bit shaky/sketchy, but he is connected (thanks to work by Mark Burch a couple of years ago).

by J Palotay G2G6 Mach 7 (71.4k points)
+5 votes

I suggest Niels Bohr, Danish Nobel laureate (physics) for October 7.

Louis-Joseph Papineau could also be a candidate, but I think there was a Québécois featured not that long ago.

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (489k points)
Excellent. Thanks, Isabelle!
+3 votes

A few October 14 birthdays:

Also, notable deaths: Harold of Wessex (anniversary of the Battle of Hastings), Bing Crosby.

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (489k points)

October 21 is Alfred Nobel's birthday.

What would I do without you, Isabelle? :-) Thank you-I am plugging these in as options right now.
+2 votes

For the Halloween feature, actors:

(I got these using Wikipedia categories, which exist in French but not in English. Not many women, they are almost all living).
Also, there is a profile for the real "Dracula" but he would need his family connections seriously looked at.
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (489k points)
Thanks, Isabelle! I have put these in my notes. I think Dracula sounds like a fun one-seeing how the "real" Dracula is related to all the film ones.
I checked one of the connection paths and it seems valid. I think there would be more, but these families haven't been much covered yet.
+3 votes

Has something been settled for Nov. 18? If not, could a James Bond feature be considered in Sean Connery's honor? We already have a bunch of Bond-related connected profiles.

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (489k points)
We had considered a Rock Rebels theme featuring Eddie van Halen after his recent death. I think we can cover both in good time, though which we'll do first is still up in the air. December 2nd is free, so whichever we don't to the 18th, we'll try to do then. The Team had literally just been discussing a Bond feature earlier in October, but waited because we couldn't bring ourselves to do it without one of our favorite Bonds. We didn't think we'd have that opportunity so soon :-(
Both ideas are exciting anyway :-)
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I was looking into this Sportspeople who died during their careers thing.


Since someone suggested Football above, I started there. Boy, the NFL players who passed away in an era where sources should be possible was incredibly miss-miss-miss. The first 12 on the list (died from 1935-1964) all have no profile on WikiTree. I did find the next one:


But his profile is pretty basic, no family, only 1 decent source, and no biography (and no connection).

Later down the list I found this one too:


Again, almost no information, no family, no connection.


Same for him - looks like some of these got plopped into a profile with nothing more than a Find A Grave or obituary. I'll look further down the list. I was surprised that Brian Piccolo wasn't out there, as he would have been a good one to add.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)

Not to belabor the point, but for someone like moi "football" is a completely unknown entity. I could not name a famous footballer (unless he was famous for something else) and most of the sports even in Melanie's list almost all totally unfamiliar.

Understanding the theme to be "sportspeople" who died during their careers but on any day, I would think Gilles Villeneuve (no profile but probably connectable as a French Canadian), Ayrton Senna da Silva (long shot), or even Marcel Renault. Another I remember, Gerry Roufs. I don't think any of them are in the least known in the US.

Since there are probably several thousand names on the list and they're all within their own individual category pages, it's very difficult to see if specific people are on the list. But I'll try to look up these few.

Gilles Villeneuve is on the list, under here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_driver_deaths_in_motorsport

Ayrton Senna da Silva is also on the same list

Marcel Renault is also on the same list

Gerry Roufs was harder to find, but he was on this list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_accidents_in_sailboat_racing

So they all would fit the criteria, provided we had profiles and they were in good shape and connected.
How many of those are connected to the 30th December?  Or maybe I'm totally missing the point of the date.
I don't think the category that was suggested was specifically tied the date - so that might be where things got confusing.

I believe someone just suggested that category be used on any given date, and it got plugged into December 30 as the first potential date to give it a shot. With the sheer numbers of names associated, it's conceivable to find names to align as close as possible to December 30th, but I suspect that to find ones that either have profiles created and connected, or would be easy to create and connect, AND be related to December 30th would be challenging at the least. So I suspect the intention was to find profiles (or create them) related to the names in the list without any specific relation to the date it ended up on.

At least that's my best guess...

I've been working from the EPOW Guidelines (which misspells relevance) :

Should be relevant to the actual Wednesday that the EPOW will be in the newsletter. Reasons for relevence:

  • Their birth date. (example: Joe Smith was born on this date in history.)
  • Their death date. (example: Joe Smith died on this date in history.)
  • An anniversary. (example: The anniversary of the date that Jackie Robinson broke Babe Ruth's homerun record.)
  • Upcoming movie premiere or TV event featuring something about them. (example: The recent movie Ford Vs. Ferrari, based on the actual events of Carroll Shelby and the Ford Motor Co.'s fight against Ferrari in the Le Mans.)
  • News related to them. (example: New evidence surrounding the death of Amelia Earhart being found.)
  • Related to a holiday. (example: Charles Dickens at Christmas because of his novel, The Christmas Carol. Another example: A famous Canadian on Canada Day.)


My suggestion of The Don (Donald Bradman) adhered to the above -- his marvellous 297 runs (a double-ton-plus) was on the 30th December.

Stephen Leacock was born on the 30th December. 

Likewise my suggestion for the 9th December :

9 Dec 1793 – New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.

Maybe I've been going about it all wrong by trying to stick to the date.

I suppose it's possible that whoever suggested this originally had someone in mind who had some relevance to that date, but since I wasn't the person who suggested it, I haven't a clue. Either way, I'll keep bringing up profiles that fit the criteria. It seems like there might be enough viable profiles to support a central profile that fits the 30 December criteria, but it's going to take some work to find enough good ones that would be worth dedicating a day to them.

A sports person who is related to the 30th December is William Augustus Larned (December 30, 1872 – December 16, 1926) (I could not find a profile for him, although there is a name-alike about a generation older). 

He was an American tennis player who was active at the beginning of the 20th century. He won seven singles titles at the U.S. National Championships. 

Anyone deciding to create a profile for him would need to be a tad more delicate regards his death than I would likely be.  (I tend to be somewhat blunt on such things - despite using "passed away" 98% of the time.)

If you decide to do something about newspapers what about Robert Hoe (Hoe-29) and his son Richard March Hoe (Hoe-30) who originated from Hose in Leicestershire. R Hoe and Company were inventors and manufacturers of various printing machinery? My 3xg grandmother was Robert's sister.

If you decide to do something about newspapers what about Robert Hoe (Hoe-29) and his son Richard March Hoe (Hoe-30) who originated from Hose in Leicestershire. R Hoe and Company were inventors and manufacturers of various printing machinery? My 3xg grandmother was Robert's sister.

commented by Heather Brannon


The newspaper suggestion is for the 9th December - so there's time to find profiles and "spiff" them up, or even to create new profiles and get them connected.  (I would still love to have Marguerite Durand included, but fear messing things up if I attempt to create a French profile. (She founded the feminist daily newspaper La Fronde in Paris, on the 9th December 1897.))

Your Hoe-29 is connected, has a biography, but doesn't have a picture.  Don't s'pose there are any portraits of him just hanging around?

There is not that much time if you want diversity in the featured profiles. Unless you're very lucky, it takes a lot of time to connect a profile who's not someone with extensive (and documentable) pre-1776 American ancestry. And I speak from experience, having provided the first connection for Aretha Franklin. It took ages. Same thing for someone like Brian Epstein... 

There are a lot of African-American artists suggested for next week's feature on Rock Legends; I will be very happy if even one ends up connected in the 6 days we have. We'll see.

+3 votes

I ran a Wikidata query to find newspaper founders who have Wikitree profiles — there are around 100 (the list includes duplicates if they founded several papers).

The equivalent query for game show hosts only brings up two: Jack Paar and Dick Clark (there may be more of course but these are the only ones linked in Wikidata).

by Anonymous Jones G2G6 Mach 1 (10.6k points)

The theme of Game Show Hosts is probably to honor Alex Trebek who died earlier this month, so that would make at least three profiles.

Merv Griffin is in dire need of some TLC.  No picture, basic bio, not connected

Dick Clark needs a bio rewrite, so it's not just a copy and paste from Wikipedia; has picture and IS connected

Tom Kennedy could do with some TLC - no picture, basic bio, but IS connected. 

Likewise his brother Jack Narz.

Bert Convy is another who could do with massive amounts of TLC - no pic, a one sentence bio, not connected

Joe Garagliola - green-level privacy locked, no pic, has bio, not connected

Bobby Van - needs the works: has no pic, no bio, not connected

Not a host, but was on at least 5 game shows : Mary Tyler Moore - has pic, has bio, IS connected

Another "not actually a host"-- Della Reese has pic, has bio, IS connected.

Arlene Francis was actually a game show host - has pic, has bio, but is not connected

Cilla Black - needs the lot : no pic, a one sentence "bio", not connected

Cornelia Frances - no pic (I can possibly do something about that), minimal bio (needs lots of TLC), IS connected

Thanks; I have added to the Wikidata entries so that they show up in the searches above.

Games show host: Bruce 'Forsyth'.  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Johnson-60522  He is connected and has picture.

1972 - 2008, Chairman of the 'antidote to panel games', ' I'm sorry I haven't a clue' 1972-2008 (51 series!) Jazz musician,  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Lyttelton-57 He's connected but no photo.

 ( programme still going which must be some sort of record https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27m_Sorry_I_Haven%27t_a_Clue )

Changed to Answer

Concentration was one of the game shows that Alex Trebek hosted. Prior to him there were:

Jack Narz (connected, needs sources, needs expanded bio)

Ed McMahon (I can't find a profile for this one - really should have a profile)

Bob Clayton (no profile - aka James Robert Box)

Jack Barry (no profile - aka Jack Barasch)

Hugh Downs (connected, small bio that could be expanded, decent sources)

Art Fleming was Alex Trebek's predecessor on Jeopardy.

Looks like a recent profile was created, but it's bare bones with no family as of yet.

Alex also hosted To Tell The Truth. Other hosts of this same program were:

Bud Collyer (connected, has a bio, has sources)

Garry Moore (connected, small bio, needs more sources)

Joe Garagiola (mentioned above)

and 5 still living, not eligible persons

+4 votes

For newspaper people on December 9, I think Adolph Ochs, publisher of both the New York Times and Chattanooga Times, would be a great candidate if he gets connected to the tree.  He did not technically found either newspaper, but he took over a couple of failing publications and turned them into something altogether different than what they had been.

I have done some work to improve his profile and I have added a few siblings, but there is more to be done, and he is still not connected to the tree. There are plenty of family members to be added, including some spouses of family members who probably have Wiki-connected family.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
+3 votes
Trees have just been completed for [[Drouin-328|Joseph Firmin Drouin]] and his son [[Drouin-329|Gabriel Drouin]] founders of the Institut Généalogique Drouin, precursor of PRDH. The Drouin father son team made a great contribution to genealogy. The preservation and cataloging of parish records in French Canada have allowed the descendants of French pioneers to trace their ancestors back to the original immigrants of the early 1600's with ease. Joseph Firmin Drouin died 6 Oct 1937 leaving his fledgling genealogy enterprise to his son, Gabriel Drouin, who incorporates the name "Institut généalogique Drouin" in December 1937. A link to the history of IGD (in French) is on the profile of Joseph Firmin Drouin.

Please consider the Drouin father-son duo for future featured profiles.

Thank you, Christine Lajeunesse (Mama Kiki)
by Mama Kiki Lajeunesse G2G6 Mach 1 (19.8k points)
+2 votes

For Christmas, Francis Pharcellus Church (1839 - 1906), author of Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus, could be a secondary target if only he had a biography. He is connected and there is a photo, but not much else.


by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
+1 vote

Dec 2020 - Game Show Hosts

A Kiwi (NZ) Gameshow host who is connected - named Selwyn Toogood.

He was the host of a game called "It's in the Bag" for something like 30 or 40 years in NZ!!


You might also want to check the following category for more game show hosts


by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
+1 vote
Game Show Hosts
Cilla Black https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/White-51922 bio needs some work and needs connecting
by Living Ford G2G6 Pilot (148k points)
Cornelia Francis has a nice bio, is connected. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Zulver-2
Arlene Francis has a bio, needs connecting  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Kazanjian-12

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