Why does some think that my sources are not good enough?

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Hello, could someone look at Alston-605 and tell me why a certain person says my sources are not good enough.It is in progress, and I try to put what is correct on it as I find it , mainly so I do not risk losing it. If I shouldn't do this would someone let me know.
WikiTree profile: Amy Bobbitt
in Genealogy Help by Teresa Davis G2G6 Mach 3 (39.8k points)
The second source does not seem to be correct. The website URL is probably wrong.

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Teresa Davis, I know exactly what you are saying!  When I am trying to connect profiles, there are times when I have to give the information that I have at the time to be able to keep track of why I am doing it.  Sometimes I put "sources" under the title "Researchers Notes" until I can find better sources.  

I had to get used to the idea that some people consider Find A Grave a valid source, while others do not.  The same can be said for FamilySearch.org.  Most books can be fallible, too.  So, it is difficult to find a source that matches everyone's opinion of what is "valid."  

I have come to just not worry about the "Unsourced" banner at the top of profiles.  That just means that another set of eyes might possibly help find additional sources for that profile.  In the meanwhile, continue to connect profiles and especially merge the way too many duplicates in the system.  Tally-Ho!
by Janne Gorman G2G6 Mach 3 (31.7k points)
selected by Teresa Davis
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What exactly is the person saying is wrong with them? They look pretty good to me!

The only thing you might like to do is say which event they are being the source for.  You can do this with inline sourcing or, if you are not comfortable with that, then in your list you would put something like:

Death: Warren County, North Carolina Abstracts of Will Book ...

Each event needs a source, so one for baptism, one for marriage, and so on.  But I hear you about it being a work in progress...you're getting there! *grin*

by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
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Regarding "why a certain person says ..." - I can't speak to the thought processes of others. You would have to discuss that with that person, perhaps with a reminder that wikitree values collaboration, which may or may not have taken place.

Regarding your sources: It appears that one of the problems with that profile was the editing done after the merge of Shearin-130 (assumed to be a profile you created) into Alston-605 in which your references/sources were deleted or incorrectly edited. From the information below (assumed from the change logs), it appears the post-merge editing was improperly done.

It appears the sources in Shearin-130 were references to a familysearch tree (https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/9F3T-WVV),
and http://www.keithbobbitt.com/marvinchartinpdf.pdf

The first reference, an unsourced family tree, though it isn't considered to be a "source," does provide information for further research. It could've been kept in the merged profile and labeled as such.

The other two references provide information that the current profile doesn't provide a source for - e.g., Amy's LNAB, birth date & place, some of the info for the children, etc. Those references IMHO should've been retained in the merge.

by Bruce Veazie G2G6 Mach 5 (57.6k points)
And it would appear that there was a lot of discussion on the profile merged into this profile, and that discussion was deleted, so we may never know what the "original" issues were.
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Maybe I'm obsessive compulsive, and no offense intended, but I never create a profile unless I have good sources - documents - for the person first.
by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (599k points)
Not sure of your point, Eddie. "Good" sources were deleted during a post-merge edit.

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