Did you know that you can create a bullet list in a footnote?

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Most of us know that we can create a bullet list in a profile by using as the first character on a line.  We can also create a numbered list by using # as the first character.

What may not be obvious at first glance is that the same method works for a footnote.  This can be useful when the same source, but different pages, is used.  For example the birth is on one page and the death is a second page.

The profile for Lydia (Nichols) Closson and several items from the James E. Hazard Index is an example of this technique.  As Lydia's name is spelled various ways it is valuable to show the complete entry.

WikiTree profile: Lydia Closson
in The Tree House by Philip Smith G2G6 Pilot (275k points)

THANX for posting this, Philip!  I'm sure a lot of members did not realize this.

Actually, you can do anything in the citation (what is in between the <ref> and </ref> tags) that you can do in the bio itself.  When I have source documents that I want to include, instead of lining them all up on the right side by adding the images to the profile, I add the images to a free space page I created just to store image files that I use elsewhere on profiles.  I then use the image template in the footnote by putting it after the citation itself.  You can see a sample of this in action on Andrew Connolly's profile.

Great tip!!  Thanks!
Awesome! So glad to see this; makes me feel much more willing to use ref name= for repeating a source.

3 Answers

+5 votes
I didn't know that. Thanks for the excellent explanation, and reason for use!
by Michael Ward G2G3 (3.9k points)
+4 votes
Thinking outside the box! I like it!
by R B G2G6 Mach 3 (40.0k points)
+1 vote
Thank you for this tip.  I usually want my source to point to a specific page, and I am forced to decide between using a single named source without page numbers, or repeating the same source multiple times.  This is a nice looking way of doing both.
by Joe Cochoit G2G6 Pilot (213k points)

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