What to do with this: <span id+'sl'</span> The Schmoe Book

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I use the Wiki recommended sourcing method when I am sourcing a profile. However I find that some wikitree genealogists use "The Schmoe Book" method, and not only when a gedcom is being uploaded, but regularly as their method of sourcing.  What to do?

What is the best way to add additional sources to a profile when someone else has used the method that is not recommended?

I have been just adding my sources at the bottom, but then I don't believe they can be used in footnotes, if I should desire to add information to the biography.
WikiTree profile: Cheryl Skordahl
in Policy and Style by Cheryl Skordahl G2G6 Pilot (243k points)
edited by Keith Hathaway

1 Answer

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Hi Cheryl, Whenever you add a fact and it has a new source, just enclose it in opening and closing ref tags. <ref> </ref>

It will automatically create a footnote and an entry above the terminal </references> tag.

Even if someone else used or uses another form, this should work and be compatible. Of course, in a perfect world, everyone would do things the same way.
by Anonymous W G2G6 Mach 6 (65.6k points)
thanks for your response, Sandy.  Understand that I am fairly new to all of this.

So you're saying that I add a fact to the bio, type the source anywhere under "sources," and enclose it between <ref> </ref>

That's all there is to it?

Hi again. Type along in the bio, like this and add a reference at the end, like this.<ref>Wiggins, Sandi. Full of fun facts book. My Publishing. 2016.</ref>

This creates a footnote marker. What you type (book, census citatation, or whatever) will appear automatically at the end in the sources section.

See the edit section on this profile for simple examples: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Keithley-13

There's a way to re-use the source, but that's a little more complicated.
If you follow Sandi's direction, if you want to use a source just once, use:

<ref>Wiggins, Sandi. Full of fun facts book. My Publishing. 2016.</ref>

If you want to use it multiple times in the same profile, in the first instance try: <ref name=Wiggins>Wiggins, Sandi. Full of fun facts book. My Publishing. 2016.</ref>

And then for repeats use: <ref name=Wiggins /> (note: there is one space before the back slash.)

Using <ref name=xxxx>  No symbols, spaces etc.  So if it's Great Migration T-Y , try <ref name=GMTY>  or <ref name=GreatMTY>


John Smith was born on May 19, 1745, son of .... <ref name=Wiggins>Wiggins, Sandi. Full of fun facts book. My Publishing. 2016.</ref>

John married Hannah Cooper at Ipswich on July 18, 1767. <ref name=Wiggins />

John died at Ipswich on Sept. 15, 1825. <ref name=Wiggins />
Thanks for adding that, Chris!

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