I have been posting stories in the comment box. Where can I place stories?

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WikiTree profile: John Bathrick
asked in Genealogy Help by Anna H G2G Crew (430 points)
retagged by Dorothy Barry

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You could make a freespace page for him and add the stories, and then connect the page to his basic profile.

See freespace pages help guide: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Free-Space_Profile
answered by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1m points)
This is another good idea from Dorothy.  Particularly if there are a bunch of stories. That way the profile wouldn't get too long.
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I would put the stories in the biography box.  I might use a heading like

== Stories/Reminisces  ==

and then post the stories.  Many times there aren't online sources or a book source for the stories, they are just something you heard from the family.  Source that with your name [[your WikiTree id| Anna Harris]], and this is a story told to me or this is personal knowledge -- something like that.  Additionally, you should put You as a source under == Sources ==

I use * Personal family tree information.  And my name.  This is not a great source -- but it will let anyone looking at the profile know where the story came from.
answered by Kathy Zipperer G2G6 Pilot (174k points)

Just a question for my own benefit. From the info at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Biographies I've been operating on the assumption that there were two mandatory major headings (Biography, Sources) and two optional major headings (Research Notes, Acknowledgements) and that all other sections--presumably for profile-to-profile consistency--were to go into subheadings (or "level three headlines"), i.e., demarcated with three equal signs instead of two. I also assumed that this applied to profiles of individuals, not to FreeSpace pages...ergo the, uh, "free" part).  :-)

I know assumption is a dangerous practice, though. Can we use major headings ("level two headlines") for other sections so long as we include Biography and Sources, or do we stick to the Help page that describes only the two other major headings, Research Notes and Acknowledgements? I do find a lot of deviation from the Help page instructions on profiles of living WikiTreers in particular, and think there's something to say for having the high-level structure standardized.

Everything else should be level 3 headings an lower.  Try level five headings, it makes for a very nice looking section which lines up with the text with a single indent (:).

Despite what the Help says, I have no idea why Research Notes and Acknowledgements should be level two headings.  The help says that Acknowledgements are nice but completely unnecessary  and then makes them a level two heading?  It doesn't seem very smart or consistent.  The last thing on a page should be ==Sources==, not a list of old gedcom files.
Yes, I do similar. I add sourced data first, chronologically when possible.

After, I add stories, with sources in the heading, i.e.:

From Donald Surr [[Surr-20|Donald Surr]] by private email to [[Surr-3|Vici Surr]] on February 1, 2018.
Edison: Joe's heading ideas of level 3 headings is very nice (also 5 level).  Typically, although I'm not really following the guidelines here, I put Sources, Research Notes, Bio, at level 2.  I definitely need to go back to my profiles and make census notes, and acknowledgments level 3 headings.   I like Research and Discrepancy Notes to be level 2 because if I'm looking at a profile, I want to see that information first -- but that is my preference.

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