Am I on the right track for creating profiles?, please give me feedback.

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Just getting started here.  I have checked out a few branches and like this style.  Is this too much or am I doing it wrong?  I know the sources will need to be trimmed but figured more is better to start.  I do not know much about templates but this style seems to be a template.  Is it possible to have all new profiles I start have the basics (census/marriage etc) or do I need to add them each time (or copy/paste from another).  

Thanks in advance!

WikiTree profile: Gordon Carnegie
in Policy and Style by Robert Foster G2G2 (3.0k points)

3 Answers

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I am truly appreciative of the sourcing on the profile, so many people seem to move fast and just not get to real sources, even though they should. Way to go, Robert!

As you will find, there seem to be slight variances in "style" although suggested styles remain uniform. Personally, by habit, I create a "bullet" before each source and separate the sources by a space, thus making the sources more legible. I don't add numbers to each source although my early profiles had them...finding that numbers require a lot of time reordering when new sources are added.

"" is my go-to place for sources, as it's free, and fairly thorough for its entry of primary sources. Also appreciate that any of us can "click through" to see its citations without having a paid membership.Even years after entry, I may want to know the ages of all household members, if instance and the names of extra people who were present at the census may take on meaning to me as I discover extra "facts" about their presence on the day of the census.

Great job, thanks for being a super "cousin" to all of us!
by Dorothy Coakley G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
selected by Pip Sheppard
Thanks, Pip!
+8 votes

Awesome work, Rob.


by Judyann Townsend G2G6 Mach 1 (10.8k points)
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Hi, Rob!

This profile looks really good to me, complete with Biography section and Sources section.  I especially love profile pages that include photos if you have them--since those can be rarer than hen's teeth for most profile pages, especially the older ones going back to early 1900's like for this person.

I don't know if you have a reason for keeping details of this person (security / privacy settings) so constrained, but if you're OK with opening up this page so other qualified WikiTreers could edit it, that would be nice--since Gordon Carnegie died in the 1960s.

There are a wide variety of types of profiles written here at WikiTree, with some people waxing poetic and writing beautifully descriptive prose about the person's life--and with others focused more on all the details of family life, or work, or geographic moves.  

Part of what I love so much about WikiTree is the community--the way that profile pages can be improved by other genealogists.
by Cynthia Larson G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
Thanks for the reply.  I will open it up, just wasnt sure what standard etiquette is.  I also have some pics I will put up as well.  I am more of the details/geographic moves type... even going to google maps to get pics of the apartments/houses they used to live in... I like to dig into the dirt to get a better pic.   So I am going to continue as I am gong... just didnt want it to be too extra.
That sounds like an excellent plan, proceeding forward where your interests take you, exploring the geographic moves further, adding photos, and possibly adding maps and pictures of where they lived, too--sounds amazing, and just right to me!

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