Where is the unmatched <ref> tag? [closed]

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Not sure if this is a false positive or not, but I'm unable to locate the unmatched <ref> in this profile.  Can anyone else find it or is this a false positive?

Would be nice if the warning message gave a line number in the file or some other way to narrow down where to look.
WikiTree profile: John Jacob
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in WikiTree Help by William Foster G2G6 Pilot (111k points)
closed by Jillaine Smith
Cannot edit question since closed, but would add, the error was misleading, issues was missing '=' in the ref so if the error could be more exact, that would be much more helpful.
Great example of where you should start a new question, referring to this question.   Follow the directions at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Developing_New_Rules

I'm missing how this is a request for a new style rule, or how that page relates to starting a new question that refers to this one, can you please elaborate?  BTW, the new question is here.

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in the section about the 1601 fine you have:

<ref name"egerton"> which needs the = sign.

Took me 3 runs through to find it :)
by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (258k points)
selected by Dennis Wheeler
Good job, Bobbie ... something that may help in the future is to use your web browser's search ... get into edit mode ... press CTRL F ... type in ref to search for it and then do the 'find next' or the right arrow or however your browser does it ...
Same trick I use to scan ebooks, websites, etc for info I'm looking for.
If your browser's search function does it, choose 'highlight all', and then all the 'ref's will be highlighted and stick out from the text marvellously! (Mine does it in bright yellow)
I was using my browser search function, and looked at each <ref and thought it said no closing </ref> so was not looking for missing equal sign.  Sounds like the error message could be more targeted.

So was I, William. The search function is great, but one still has to see the problem! I looked for the missing </ref>, then realized it had to be something else, since there were none missing.


Hence the need for a more precise error message.

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