Biography Builders Dec 16/Jan 17: Born in December

+18 votes

The Bio Builders theme for the next thirty days (give or take a couple of days) will be people born in the month of December. I would guess that 1/12 of all the profiles on wikitree fall into this category. Look at your watchlist or in the indexes that include birth dates, like orphaned profiles or the surname indexes.

Biography Builders Goal: To make profiles as complete as possible with well-written biographies and sources. You should research as much as you can find on a person, writing the information onto the profiles to create as complete a life story as you can for that person. Sourcing should be full citations. This includes adding categories and links to events and people connected to that profile and citing all those additions. See the first month for examples of how to participate.

Here's our checklist:

Data Section.

  • birth date/place
  • names of parents
  • marriage date/place and spouse name
  • death date/place

Biography Section:

  • Written sentences stating the facts above, adding inline sources to each fact.
  • As a general rule biographies should be in your own words. Paraphrase and rewrite, don't copy/paste.
  • Baptism, burial, military, and other life events with inline sources.
  • Something to "humanize" the person, such as career or avocation with sources.
  • List of children with at least one pertinent fact.
  • One of the suggestions was siblings. I think this takes up real estate.
  • Explanatory remarks, if needed (i.e. Disputed persons sections, Research Notes, whatever needs extra explaining).
  • Photos or pictures, background. Not a must, but nice (I own the copyright or are in the public domain).
  • Categories/Projects.
  • Connection to the Global Tree.
  • All duplicates merged or initiated
  • Links to persons and events, perhaps from Wikipedia.
  • Historical context as related to the person's life.
  • Sources, Sources, Sources.

You can see some ideas on where to find some of this information on the Biography Builders space page, linked below.

Use comments below to ask questions.


WikiTree profile: Space:Biography_Builders
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1m points)
Great choice, Anne! I can spruce up my own profile...Probably not, but I have plenty on my watch list that can use the attention. Thanks for getting things rolling!
I can't find the last few months category pages! The last one I see is:

Category: Honoring the Grands, Biography Builders
We stopped building category pages.

11 Answers

+6 votes

1.  Leopold Adolphus Hugh Mulvey: born 20 December 1858 in London, England.
2.  Ernest Haywood: born 9 December 1875 in Bovey Tracey, Devon, England.
3.  Harriett (Murch) Pine: 18 December 1841 in Ottery St Mary, Devon, England.
4.  Emily Murch: 2 December 1837 in Ottery St Mary, Devon, England.
5.  Edmund John Haywood: 21 December 1870 in Aller, Abbotskerswell, Devon, England.  Naval record 1891-1919.
6.  John Winsor Blagdon: 27 December 1857 in Brixham, Devon, England.
7.  Rhoda Ann (Damerell) Luscombe: 22 December 1865 in Kingsbridge, Devon, England.
8.  Frances (Steer) Trute: 24 December 1884 in South Milton, Devon, England
9.  Elizabeth (Bridges) Blagdon: 25 December 1828 in East Stonehouse, Devon, England.
10. John Damerell: 26 December 1815 in Malborough, Devon, England.
11. Ebenezer Samuel Baker: 27 December 1871 in Launceston, Cornwall, England
12. Emma Jane (Ball) Wallis: 28 December 1850 in Charleton, Devon, England
13. Elizabeth (Beer) Luscombe: 29 December 1782 in Woodleigh, Devon, England
14. George Roger King Luscombe: 30 December 1819 in Loddiswell, Devon, England
15. John Samuel Edgcombe: 31 December 1870 in Sherford, Devon, England
16. Leonard Blagdon: 2 December 1655 in Puddington, Devon, England
17. John Elliott: 3 December 1815 in South Pool, Devon, England
18. John Edgcombe: 13 December 1812 in Aveton Gifford, Devon, England

by Ros Haywood G2G6 Pilot (605k points)
edited by Ros Haywood
Nice basic bio on Ebenezer Baker. I like the way you acknowledged the need for further research in the Australian records.
+6 votes
1. Mary Brown-22460 Bio and source
2. Anna Bullard-484 Bio and sources
3. Anna Harrington-3380 Bio and sources
4. Abigail Smith-80845 Bio and sources
5. John Harrington-3650 Bio and sources
6. Silence Harrington-2865 Bio and sources
7. John Chandler-3336 Bio and sources
8. Mary Parker-11272 (12/25/1756) Bio and sources
9. Mary Parker-11027 (12/25/1749) Bio and sources
10. Millicent Russell-6108 Bio and sources
11. Lydia Brown-5387 Bio and sources
12. Sybil Russell-3750 Bio and sources
13. Jerusha Cutting-322 Bio and sources
14. Lois Howe-32 Bio and sources
15. Rebecca Livermore-30 Bio and sources
16. Samuel Harrington-108 Bio and sources
17. Anna Ball-6931 Bio and sources
18.Joshua Nurse-175 Bio and sources
19. Mary Sampson-799 Bio and sources
20. Joseph Harrington-111 Bio and sources
21. Thomas Wellington-174 Bio and sources
by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (175k points)
edited by Bob Keniston
+5 votes
  1. James Alexander Christison b. 3 Dec 1754
  2. Rachel (Chapman) Crocker b. 31 Dec 1865
  3. Jacob Lion Leman b. 9 Dec 1811
  4. Henry Ernest Tucker b. 16 Dec 1893
  5. Elizabeth Jane Williams b. 19 Dec 1859
  6. Ernest Oliver Spraggs b. 17 Dec 1889
  7. Herbert Earnest Williams b. 23 Dec 1887


by Campbell Braddock G2G6 Mach 4 (48.1k points)
edited by Campbell Braddock
+5 votes

1.  Jean-Michel Basquiat - bio, sources, links, photos.

2.  Marcus Daly - bio, sources, links, photo.

by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (311k points)
edited by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz
Marcus is quite a success story. His house is super.
+4 votes
by Connie Graves G2G6 Mach 4 (40.5k points)
edited by Connie Graves
You're moving right along Connie - good for you.
+4 votes

What a fun start to the day. The Andersons are the first profiles on my watchlist. When I skimmed down for December-born Andersons, who should I find but Helen YULE Anderson, born on December 25, 1807!

1. Helen Yule Anderson. Added sources and links
2. John Ford Coffin Added sources and link
3. J. Herbert Culbert Added sources
4. J. George Denison
5. Latimer Hugh Denison
6. Eliza Guy
7. John M. Rooth
8. Daniel L. Seymour
9. Annie Stepney-Gulston
10. Robert Webster

by Laurie Cruthers G2G6 Mach 8 (88.2k points)
edited by Laurie Cruthers
Oh, that's a GOOD one!  I went through the UK birth registrations 1837 onwards, and there were:

8952 born with the surname Merry
5811 born with the surname Christmas (150 named ‘Mary Christmas’, not all born at the end of the year!)
4201 Christmases got married (132 Mary Christmases got married!)
2364 born with the surname Noel
1402 Christmas as a given name
1683 born with the surname Holly
238 born with the surname Ivy
165 born with the surname Sprout
39 born with the surname Gift
13 born with the surname Present
11 born with the surname Cracker
Thanks, Ros! I particularly like the Mary Christmases.
+4 votes
Can they be newly added? I have been working on the connector challenge as well as sourcing, so a few I have done there apply here as well, if so:

1. Boney-113 - bio and sources
2. Williams-17307 -  bio and sources
3.  Grimes-2268 - bio and sources
by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (131k points)
We didn't make a rule that they couldn't be newly added, so I think your ok. Some of mine from last month were newly added
Thanks, Ann.
+4 votes

 1.  Samuel Perry. My 8th GGF was born 10 December 1648.

 2. Elizabeth Winslow. (Biography improvement added research notes, sources and biography) born December 13, 1707

 3. Born December 19, 1928 Clara (Marx) Wilsonholme biography improvement added a source and started biography

 4. My 2nd GGF was  born December 16, 1817: George Weaver. biography improvement

 5. Born 10 Dec 1790:  Nancy Lathrop. (Biography improvement: added categories, more sources and updated data and bio )

 6. Born 8 Dec 1800 and died 29 Dec 1808 just after his 8th Christmas: George Lathrop. (Biography improvement: added a category, another source and updated data/bio)

 7. Born 25 DECEMBER 1843; Ruphus Gillett. (Biography improvement: added categories, more sources and updated data/bio)

 8. Born 29 December 1915 Stephanie (Dudek) Funfar. (Biography improvement: added research notes, sources, categories and biography)

 9, My GGF born  8 December 1861 Frank Fuller. (Biography improvement: updated data and bio)

10. My GGF born 9 December 1836 Friedrich Hoefer Sr. (Biography improvement added category, sources and biography)

11. Born December 1898 Elsie (Credit) Marx. (Biography improvement added categories, sources and biography)

On December 18, 1875 these brothers, Jacob Haass. and Heinrich Haass IV., married twin sisters born in December 1851. Made a free-space page about the double wedding - just because I could! Sometimes a girl just needs to do something different.  :) - Anthon Twins Marry Haass Brothers which is referenced on 6 profiles, the twins and 4 new profiles for the brothers and their parents, bios for 6 profiles. Now it's breaktime ... maybe I can squeeze in a couple more profiles later.

12. Margaretha Anthon. was Jacob's bride
13. Sophia (Anthon) Haass. was Heinrich's bride.

14. My 2GGM born December 2, 1807 Dorothea Ploeger. (Biography improvement added sources and sourced (with ref notes) profiles for 8 family members)

15. My husband's GF Adam Gren  born December 24, 1872 (according to family recollections). His life and the lives of his family are a mystery before they came to America. No records have been found before that voyage. Since this involves 6 people I created a free-space page (which is still in progress) which details their history from leaving Austria until the naturalization process was completed for those who chose that path. 

by Pat Credit G2G6 Mach 6 (63.3k points)
edited by Pat Credit
+5 votes
I was looking for a December profile. I found one and starting adding information and links. But when adding all the children I ended up down the rabbit hole going further and further, children, grandchildren, spouses, spouses parents....I have completed 10 profiles listed under the November/December Thanksgiving challenge. Now if I can get back to my December birthday profile. Here it is by December birthday (my 11th biography).

[ Mary (Brownell) Hall]
by Sue Hall G2G6 Pilot (104k points)
edited by Sue Hall
I had the same problem with Thanksgiving. I entered Wilbur Cross, then had to add his parents etc, when I finally found someone already here, it was full of unproven information. On top of which I entered every "Cross" in theMansfield, CT, vital records and the Gurleyville cemetery. It took me the better part of three weeks.

I've gone done lots of rabbit holes also. I get side tracked by all the "Learning curve" mistakes on my watchlist (I think these keep multiplying whenever I'm offline.) plus all the profiles I'm on the trusted list for that haven't been updated since before I joined WikiTree (Only 2 of these left). When I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I remember things like the unconnected family I added from sources I found during Source-A-Thon.

Does that sound familiar, Anne B!

.. It will never end ... Fully addicted to WikiTree ... :)
Sure enough does.
+3 votes
  2. 20 Dec 1890
  3. 21 Dec 1841
  4. 14 Dec 1701
  5. was 14 Dec 1701 when I started, merging into husband and children.
  6. 23 Dec 1859
  7. 22 Dec 1664
  8. bpt 12 Dec 1591.
  9. 8 Dec 1708
  10. 3 Dec 1599
  11. # 100 Whoopee! 13 Dec 1811
  12. 29 Dec 1783 father of above.
  13. 27 Dec 1773
  14. 3 Dec 1744
  15. 15 Dec 1710
  16. 5 Dec 1705.
  17. 5 Dec 1796
  18. 29 Dec 1660 updated with links and category.
  19. 4 Dec 1704
  20. 15 Dec 1757
  21. 16 Dec 1668
  22. 17 Dec 1884
  23. 17 Dec 1904
  24. 17 Dec 1712
  25. 10 Dec 1667

  26. was listed as dec 1626

by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1m points)
edited by Anne B
I've now done 100 profiles #100 was my great great great grandmother Matilda (Mix) Fleming.
Good for you! I'm working on that but it might take me a few more months.
+2 votes

Here's my entry for Dec/Jan. Someone suggested in G2G to find a Christmas Day born relative and see if a picture could be added. I only had one person who matched that criteria: GreatUncle Dewey who already had a profile which was sourced and had a short bio written. I put the call out to relatives and my aunt came through:

James Dewey Baucom (Baucom-291)

by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
Good for your Aunt. and cool that he was born Christmas. If you have other people born anytime in December, that works too, and pictures aren't required, just nice.

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