Why don't my <ref></ref>'s show up??

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I have added a research note to Elston-147, with a source bracketed by <ref></ref> tags, and the referenced source is not being displayed. I've done this before on other profiles and not had a problem. Actually, I DID have a problem at first - one of Elston-147's children (Elston-223) had a (previously entered, not by me) D.O.B. that was earlier than Elston-147's, and I got an error message that allowed me to edit that profile. I had a source for an estimated DOB for the child (Elston-223) and fixed it. Then I touched up Elston-147's research note a bit so that it (whatever) wouldn't complain that there were no changes to save, and resaved.

Still no display of the <ref>'d source on the Elston-147 profile, but my source did display on Elston-223.

These are pre-1700 profiles, but I have pre-1700 certification, and I have considerable sources to add.

While (and if) someone checks this out, I'd appreciate any feedback about my sourcing . . . if you have the time . . .

Thanks so much!
WikiTree profile: William Elston
in WikiTree Help by Stu Elston G2G Crew (320 points)
I probably should have commented that I made the <references /> fix and that was that!

Re the Ancestry.com comment (this might be a separate question) - the 'Ancestry.com' source was there before I did my thing, and I left it out of respect for whoever or whatever put it there. This particular line of Elstons has a lot of -IMHO- wrong stuff that is a consequence of thoughtless borrowing of "facts" from other people's Ancestry trees. My thinking was to leave the 'Ancestry.com' source there until I have marshalled my facts and sources in the research notes and feel comfortable moving at least some of that into the bio proper, and then to discretely remove the 'Ancestry' source.  But I was going eventually to ask about the accepted etiquette for doing so, since this the profile of the ancestor of many, many more folks than I.
The PM that created that profile is active so you could send them a message with your concerns. Ancestry.com isn't a source. Every profile is probably on ancestry in someone's tree, but a website alone is not a source.

Adding sources to the profile would help.

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I can't see from where I am, but did you remember to include the <references/> tag immediately after the ==Sources== heading?
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Michel Vorenhout
HAH! - Thank you. That's why I'm still a rookie, I guess!
you are correct Ros, under ==Sources== it says ancestry.com. There is no <references />
If you are referencing Ancestry.com, you will need to be more specific about the source's origins. Ancestry primary sources all have a citation you can copy and paste.
Stu, don't worry about not having that line.  It is a common line to have missing in profiles or to be written over, by accident.
I'm still learning the ropes. I commented on this (your comment about the 'Ancestry.com' source) and asked an auxillary question in the wrong place - it's showing up under the original question.

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