There have been many Profiles of the Week, but this is the one where we're taking it a step further. Our goal is to involve a large group of WikiTree members in working together to make it the absolute best it can be.
This profile gets the star collaborative treatment this week. Next Monday we'll start on a new one.
So you can help with anything -- anything at all -- related to Daniel Curran or his relatives' profiles?
Here are some possibilities, off the top of my head:
* Parents. This is a big one. Right now, his father John Curran
and mother Sarah (Devine) Curran
don't have anything on their profiles except birth and death dates, and that they were married in Ireland. There aren't any sources. Can anyone find any information about them? Or even just add sources for those dates? If nobody here can do it, maybe we can reach out to someone experienced in Irish research?
* Biography copy editing. The biographical content here is excellent, thanks especially to Profile Manager Paul Curran (Daniel's great-great grandson
), but there's always room for improvement. An extra set of eyes always helps. Who will volunteer to give it a careful edit?
* Images. One thing I notice: there's a great image here of the "Ocean Chief" clipper ship without a clear mention of where it came from. I assume Paul didn't paint it. :-) Maybe someone could confirm the source.
* Image captions. We don't have an official WikiTree style for displaying inline images with captions. Maybe this is the time to experiment and agree on one?
* Format of extended quotations. Confirm with style page
* Sources and footnotes. Paul and others have already done a remarkably good job citing sources. Maybe someone could confirm them and consider their formatting? One small example, I see a footnote that says "Dad's diary." The meaning of that would be clear to Paul and his family, I'm sure, but it's not the ideal style for a collaborative profile. We want to make sure that distant relatives and scholars could confirm these sources. We don't want to say "Dad" because that assumes that you know who the speaker is, where the diary is kept, etc. A future historian wouldn't know these things.
* Use of profile boxes. Cases like this where there are a series of template-based profile boxes (PoTW winner, Irish Roots, Migrating Ancestor) have led some people to ask whether we should reconsider the format, so they don't push the biography down too far. Maybe put them altogether into one box and/or aligned to the right? This could be a good chance to experiment and address that question.
* Additional sources. Is anyone able to find any additional sources for facts that are cited here?
* Add sections, like a timeline?
* Translations. Would anyone want to translate some of the biography into another language?
* DNA. Maybe someone would want to comment on how DNA could help with his genealogy, exactly who would need to be tested and why.
* Matches and merges. Would someone volunteer to confirm that there are no duplicates and that any non-duplicates with close names and dates are set as rejected matches?
The goal here isn't just to help Paul and improve on his ancestor's profile. We also want to use this opportunity to push the envelope on style. We want to establish this profile as a perfect example of what's done on WikiTree.
Could you help with any of the above? Or anything else you can think of related to Daniel or his family on WikiTree?
Please post here. Before you start anything I recommend posting an answer like "I'm going to check on those images now." Then when it's done post again.
P.S. I see there has already been great collaboration here
, e.g. by Gaile Connolly, Bree Ogle, Terry Wright etc. A big thank-you to everyone who has helped and will help.