Are you leaving breadcrumbs?

+10 votes
I know it is a unusual title to start this.

I wanted to share what I have been doing recently. I know many of us have huge watchlists.

I started thinning mine out but I leave breadcrumbs.

I have been going alphabetically through my watchlist and completing the bios. I have been trying to use free sites as the sources where I can. My narratives are not that great but I add what I can. I also add images where I can

I have cleaned up the gedcom leftovers, added the sources which can be verified by checking the links to the records. On some that are not on a free site I try to include the certificate number (this makes it so others can find the information).

I include the spouse name and dates if I dont have a profile for them. Link to parents if a profile exists or add the id in the bio if I cannot link them up. I include the parents DOB and DOD. I list the siblings if known also.

Add categories if I can find them.

IF I have added all I can and they are not direct line  I remove myself as manager. This makes the profile readily adoptable to others. With the breadcrumbs I can go back later and add the other family members if I have the time or others with the info I have provided can do so.


So are you leaving breadcrumbs?
in The Tree House by Jacqueline Clark G2G6 Pilot (159k points)
retagged by April Dauenhauer
I like your well organized approach, Jacky. I'm going to print this out so that when I have tiime to work on my watchlist I can use your reminders.

This is a great "How to WikiTree" post.

Ive completed 75 profiles so far this month using this approach.  And the links to the sources make it easy to add the source to family members of same household just by click the link and changing to that person with family search,  viola there is the source, so it is an easy copy and paste smiley

Yes, 'reusing' a source on related profiles, once it is open, is fun, so much can be done so quickly. Good point Jacky.smiley

Your contributions are outstanding, Jacky. (Random example:

Thank you Chris smiley

Thank you April laugh

1 Answer

+5 votes
Yes absolutely. I follow almost exactly the same procedue as you do!
by Kirsty Ward G2G6 Mach 3 (32.0k points)
Thank you for adding your experience, Kirsty! this is a valuable point for people who want to add sources.

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