Gedcom bio cleanup

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Although I have read the style pages, I am not certain what is considered standard when I run into a gedcom-created, auto-generated bio or when a merge has created multiple duplicate info. I try to rewrite them clearly when I encounter them. Herr's what I try to do. Corrections or suggestions are welcome.

First, I move all the duplicated info from merges into a single ==Heading==. So if there are multiple ==Sources== sections, for example, I combine them.

Then I delete anything that is clearly duplicated.

Then I rewrite the sections to make them readable. I will delete, for example, something that says "Date:  " or "Place:  " with no actual information.

Then I will delete any useless references to Ancestor.com sources if I have a better one to replace it. Even Geni and FamilySearch are more useful since you can actually find the source.

Do you think this is a generally reasonable procedure?
in Policy and Style by Steve Selbrede G2G3 (3.4k points)
In general, that sounds about right Steve, but as I mentioned in my other answer about Ancestry.com. Be careful what you delete.

2 Answers

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I find Ancestry much more useful than Geni.  I would also double check Smart Matces and other matches from MyHeritage.  They could be links from Wikitree.
by Maureen Rosenfeld G2G6 Pilot (208k points)
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Steve, there is a style guide page specifically for this purpose:

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/GEDCOM-created_biographies
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (934k points)

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