Yes Victoria, even though I use Ancestry as my mainstay for research, some who do don't understand that using someone's Ancestry Member Tree from the Hints section is not a good source. Sort of like getting 3rd hand information from a 2nd hand source who is a friend of a friend. LOL. Who knows if the person who made the Tree actually knew what they were doing.
Some folks just have an aversion to what they call "pay-wall" sites. I'm not paying to look up that source, so it must be a bad source. Funny thing is, I consider when someone use an esoteric book that is not in print and not on an online free archive, they have no problem in using it as a bona fide source because it was printed in some hardbound book a long time ago in a galaxy far away. I consider that a "pay wall" source because I am probably going to have to spend money to drive to a library that has it, if any, and then pay a fee to photocopy anything from it, if permitted. And what about the lost opportunity cost of my time lost in the travel to and fro? Sort of a Catch-22 to me.
I don't complain about not having ready access to their "published" work used as a source. They just need to understand that today, what is put on the internet is considered published as well. Paying a monthly subscription is basically the same as buying a book that has the data you need.
So, if a source is used from Ancestry and the sourcing data includes a factual record: i.e. Birth Certificate, Census, Telephone Directory, etc. It is a source. Even if you can't actually see it for yourself.
But if it just says Repository ######## Ancestry com, or just US Census Ancestry Com with no year given for the date of the Census. it really can't be considered a source. What is the actual source? Or if it says the source is Ancestry Com Family Member Tree or some other compilation sources like I think one is called Family Name Records that Ancestry has available, that is not a source either. Who put it together and where di they get their info.
If it looks like this: Source: S-2075425904 Repository: #R-2141425458 1910 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.Original data - Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, : Well, that is a viable source. Not having access to it because you are not a member of Ancestry does not discount it's use as a viable source. And here, the reference to repository number(s) is just something that is included n the GEDCOM file and is actually superfluous. I'd remove them from mine, but sometimes I just a tad lazy. LOL
Yep Victoria, learning WikiTree is not a hop, skip and a jump. It takes time and observation to learn it's little nuances. Took me months to figure out what I was doing badly or outright wrong. And I'm still learning and fixing Profiles. So if folks are going to use gedcom files, they should know WikiTree first and learn it like you and I did. A little time and effort. And in my case, more than a few mistakes. ;) All the best.....