Profile Mark-up for Sources and References

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I'm trying to insert proper Sources and Citations in profiles.  The Help Section doesn't seem have enough information for me to get References properly pointing to Sources.  Does someone have a profile, with Sources and References, with the Edit open, so I can copy the Sources and References mark-up and study it?

Thanks, Vic
in Genealogy Help by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (336k points)

1 Answer

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I helped clean up Abraham Lincoln's profile a while ago. I feel like the sources and citations section came out pretty well. Last time I checked it was open so you should be able to look at it. The profile is

I assume since it automatically populates whenever you create a new profile you have the


<references />
as part of your profile. This sets up where the references are going to appear in the profile. The normal format to populate the reference list is
<ref> "reference text" </ref>
For instance if I type  ...
Born 2 July 1956<ref>Firsthand Knowledge/Family History</ref>
A superscript number will appear after 1956 and the same number will appear in the reference section with "Firsthand Knowledge/Family History" written after it. Now if you want in the reference section to have your reference point to the source that requires a little adjustment. First create a section for your source.
==== Find A Grave ====
(Source citation information)
Then when you add your reference beside the fact in your profile you type
<ref>[[#Title of Source section | What you want to appear in the reference section]]
For example...
Born 2 July 1956<ref>[[#Find A Grave|Dave Williams Memorial]]
So as before a number will appear after 1956 and in the reference section a corresponding number will appear and "Dave Williams Memorial" will appear after it and if you click on "Dave Williams Memorial" it will automatically take you to the Find A Grave section you created under sources.
Hope this was not confusing and helps. If not let me know and maybe I can explain it better. There is a lot of stuff in the Lincoln profile and thought it might be easier if I pulled it out for you and/or others.
by Living Chelton G2G6 (8.2k points)
Thank you, Brian.  As someone new to WikiTree this is incredibly helpful.

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