Struggling editing profiles.

+4 votes


So, I'm a newbie, but have a good knowledge of technology.
However, I'm having so much trouble editing profiles and getting source links looking okay. Seems so difficult to get the Ancestry info right.

It's taken me so long to add the profiles from 2 GEDCOM files. I then went to the suggestions section and have a long list of problems to sort.

For example, Parker-37896. I can't work out how to get rid of the duplicate source info number 4 & 5. This should be straightforward but I've got no clue after trying to edit it for the last half an hour :(

I've 600 plus profiles to get through and growing, but I can't see myself ever getting them done and it's putting me off the whole site completely.

Any suggestions/templates and help with the source which I'm clearly not understanding properly would really be appreciated.


in WikiTree Help by Paul Burlinson-Ely G2G4 (4.3k points)

3 Answers

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Best answer
Paul if you are using the chrome browser you could try using the WikiTree AGC app on

I was demonstrating it on the LiveCast last Satuday see

It will help clean up any GEDCOM imported profiles you can preview them before you save to see what it will be like.
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Pilot (253k points)
selected by Paul Burlinson-Ely
This is a great tool. Will save me hours of work. Thank you.
+7 votes

Paul, I understand.

See if this paragraph helps you with that specific problem re the duplicate source. It tells you what to do if you use the same source twice.

Ancestry sources are hard to format. If you can find the same source on FamilySearch, it is best to use that one since it's free to access whereas Ancestry requires a subscription. Sometimes, though a source is only available on Ancestry. This page may help some with formatting them. There is a way to provide a shareable link to Ancestry sources. I'll see if I can find a G2G which has the instructions.

by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (464k points)

I didn't find one, so let me give the shareable link instructions a try...

Go to the regular page the Ancestry image is on. 

On the right side of the image you'll see a little icon that looks like a wrench and hammer crossed. Click on that.

Go down to "Share" and click on that. Choose one of the social media for which you have an account and click on that. 

A box will pop up. As soon as it fully loads, click on the x to close it. Another little box will appear with a link. Copy that link.

Come back to your profile. What you do next depends a little bit on whether you are using inline citations. I'm assuming you are. So, at the end of your Ancestry citation, skip a space and type a [. Immediate after that paste the link you copied from Ancestry. You can now erase the end of that link back to the first ampersand. For example, you can shorten 


skip one space and type a description of what the link goes to. It can be as simple as the words "Shareable Image" (quotes not required) or more descriptive. At the end of your description, type a ]. 

Now you've provided a link to an image everyone can view whether they have an Ancestry subscription or not.


I have Ancestry source citations on this profile. A couple have no images and are records only, but at least one does have a link to image to which I provided a shareable link. I do not mind at all if you look at this in edit mode. I may not put every element in the correct order (I know some do it differently), but I think I have enough info someone could find the source there or in another repository if the link fails.

Thanks for the info. I will eventually be using the sharable links for non-Ancestry users on my profiles of non-living people. Really useful.
+4 votes

Hi Paul, you might like to consider joining the England Project and sign up for the Orphan Trail where you will get help learning about sources etc

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
I will take a look. Thanks for the info.

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