Is there a preferred way to list sources in profiles?

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in Genealogy Help by Janet Edwards G2G Crew (520 points)

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Unfortunately, there's currently no way to link specific sources to specific events (in the name, birth, death, marriage fields, for example), but there's a great way to cite sources in the narrative.

As you're typing the narrative, you can use the REF /REF tags to insert footnotes. For example, you'd type:

John Patrick Smith was born 17 March 1882 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.<ref>St. Peters German Evangelical Church, Births 1882, page 2, FHL Film #1317892</ref>

The REF tags then generate footnotes at the bottom of the narrative as long as there is a tag near the end that looks like this: <references />
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (926k points)
selected by Keith Baker
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Thank you for asking! Listing sources is the main goal. I try to include enough info that someone else can find the source if it's public or be able to assess the quality of the info if it's not (e.g., "my father provided the birth and death dates of his father" or "family tradition holds that Pearce was born in Virginia, not Ireland" or even "birth year of 1696 a total guess based on 1717 marriage").

Preferred ways to list sources have been debated (can't find the g2g discussion at the moment), but see the WikiTree Help page on Sources ( ) for some basics.

by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (647k points)

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