Should I limit images?

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I'm working on some early people and have acquired primary documents with lots of information in them.  Some are especially easy to read.  Rather than type in the all the data, is it appropriate to scan the image and insert it and finish with a few typewritten notes?

For example : large page with list of children and what they received: it could be cropped into sections for each child's bio.

I am concerned about taking up too much space on wikitree with images but am not ready to work with free pages at this time . . . just getting into the basics.

WikiTree profile: Frederick Barfield
in Policy and Style by Barbara Roesch G2G6 Mach 4 (43.6k points)

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Based on this FAQ:

There is a 10 MB limit per image, but based on some previous threads, 1 MB appears to be closer to the optimal size for uploading (takes less time to complete the upload).

However, there does not appear to be any specific guidance on how many images to upload to a single profile. I suspect it has more to do with the profile, the content of the images, how they pertain to genealogical data for that profile, and whether or not you own the copyright to the information. If you believe this is the most appropriate way to get the data into the profile, then I would proceed with uploading the information as images. But keep in mind that the text in an image can't be searched on, and you may want to try to limit uploading an image only once that applies to more than one profile and then referencing it on multiple profiles. If you believe the text of a source document is fairly important, I would consider entering it in as text and not as an image. If you have a large number of sources that apply to multiple profiles, you can consider a Free Space page for the images and then reference them from that page.

Also, if the image is available online and you can point to it, I would also consider leaving it on the source site if at all possible. There are some unique copyright scenarios with certain images that can create problems, and we'd prefer to keep WikiTree from getting into situations where the image can be construed as copyrighted and we end up being asked to take down the image.

I think that's all I can come up with. Maybe others have some thoughts?
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
selected by Barbara Roesch
Thanks for the thorough covering of options.  I can see that some would be best for cropping and others were be better for typing.  There should be no copyright issues as I obtained them directly from the State Archives years ago.  If they are on line at all, it would take much longer to re-find them for a link.  Another thought I have is that documents are physical evidence that show your ancestor existed  and are more "personal" than someone typing it . . .when possible -

So thank you, again, you've given me  good advice!  Barb

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