Sep/Oct Biography Builders - Surnames beginning with the Letter "B"

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This month's theme will be surnames beginning with the letter "B".

Biography Builders Goal: To make profiles as complete as possible with well-written biographies and sources. You should research as much as you can find on a person, writing the information onto the profiles to create as complete a life story as you can for that person. Sourcing should be full citations. This includes adding categories and links to events and people connected to that profile and citing all those additions. See the first month for examples of how to participate.

Here's our checklist:

Data Section:

  • birth date/place
  • names of parents
  • marriage date/place and spouse name
  • death date/place

Biography Section:

  • Written (full) sentences stating the facts above, adding inline sources to each fact.
  • Is the profile '''Genealogically Defined?'''
  • As a general rule biographies should be in your own words. Paraphrase and rewrite, don't copy/paste.
  • Baptism, burial, military, and other life events with inline sources.
  • Something to "humanize" the person, such as career or avocation with sources.
  • List of children with at least one pertinent fact.
  • One of the suggestions was siblings. I think this takes up real estate.
  • Explanatory remarks, if needed (e.g. disputed persons information, Research Notes, whatever needs extra explaining).
  • Photos or pictures, background. Not a must, but nice (you need to own the copyright unless they are in the public domain).
  • Categories/Projects.
  • Connection to the Global Tree.
  • All duplicates merged or initiated.
  • Links to persons and events, perhaps from Wikipedia.
  • Historical context as related to the person's life.
  • Sources, Sources, Sources.

You can see some ideas on where to find some of this information on the Biography Builders space page, linked below.

Use "comments" below to ask questions.

NOTE: Biography Builders will not show on the tracker. Please add a list to your answer.

WikiTree profile: Space:Biography_Builders

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (184k points)
Bob, did you see my first question in these comments?

My bad. Sorry I didn’t get back to you. A date of death, even an estimated one is need to be defined.


Thank you Bob smiley

Steven - Thanks for pointing out this category. This would be a perfect challenge for Bio Builders! I've run across many profiles that could be added to that category, and from now on I'll try to remember to do just that as I find them.
I would think any profile with say at least 4 good sources and a bio that only lists birth, death, and parents would be perfect for this category. Now that I've split up states and provinces for US/Canada, we really need these 2,000 cleaned up. Just don't forget to remove the category once you do them. ;)

Food for thought. A. Aleš could probably make a tracker for you

B. Data doctors could start adding the category while we do our doctoring if you would use it. We see tons of profiles and often add the unsourced to them.
So I can still do the "B" names in October? I mean it says Sep/Oct.
Natalie, the BioBuilders challenges run from the 15th to the 15th, not a calendar month. So the "B" names challenge is finished now. Sorry you missed it, but there are always others!
Thanks, I did one anyway because I'm working from the list of dead/missing from the USS Indianapolis and I don't feel any enthusiasm about writing about a Pope.

For someone on the “Old Swayback”, anytime.

Bob, no it's ok. I know the dates for the challenges now and it's not fair to others.

But thank you! I'm still going to plug along adding profiles for these men.

24 Answers

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by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Mach 1 (18.9k points)
edited by Jennifer Robins
+10 votes
by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Mach 6 (67k points)
edited by Joan Whitaker
+11 votes
I have lots of surnames beginning with B but will start with and work my way up the tree.

I have lots of images I want to add so this one may take a while.
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Mach 6 (68.2k points)
edited by Hilary Gadsby
+11 votes

That's good timing as I just landed on a family with the name Butt lol.

Starting with family names and profiles from sourcing:

1) Thomas Reuben Whitfield Burn

2) Sarah Bachell added hospital records

3) Richard Batchell

4) Thomas Batchell

5) Phinias/Vincent Bachel

6) Thomas Batchell

by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (114k points)
edited by Michelle Wilkes
+8 votes

I'm in (I hope) good time for me to work on the Burrows smiley

Change of plan, working on a bunch of Billings I adopted in the last month.

1) William Billings III-Added more references, put the little bit of bio that was there into my style, added the children, military info, prof and Will information with inline citations-Genealogically defined

2) Hannah (William) Billings-Serious research involved in this one (conflated profile). Don't even know if this one should count. Added references and LOTS of research notes.

3) Hannah (Billings) Clark-part of the serious research mentioned above (had to do 4 other profiles first to get this one done correctly, attached to the correct husband, corrected marriage date, corrected date of birth, corrected date of death, added correct children and copy of first four pages of husbands will.

4) Joseph Billings Sr-what a mess frown, LOTS of notes, inline citations added, image added, will recipients added. Can't create profile for 2nd wife because of conflicting information (noted in Joseph's profile, and left note about what is wrong with the first attached wife profile on that profile.

5) Joseph Billings Jr-Full biography with notes about discrepancies with inline citations, images and partial docs attached, genealogically defined.

6) Elder Silas Burrows-Complete except for profession in biography (enough there to say it's done, I just want to do more with it.) Added both marriages including dates, locations, added his birth, children and death info with inline citations, if I remember right this was also a GEDcom clean up. This one will be my last one for this month.

by T Counce G2G6 Mach 5 (59.4k points)
edited by T Counce
+11 votes
I would like to participate this month.  Does this project need help with things like updating the spreadsheet?  I would be happy to do that if needed.


1. my great great grandmother Precious Buckingham (Pruett).

2. my 5x great grandfather Henry Brown.

3. my 5x great grandfather Thomas Bean.

4. my great great aunt Lovina Buckingham (Gragg).

5. my great great uncle Randolph Chapin Buckingham

6. my great great uncle Joel Trumbull Buckingham
by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (152k points)
edited by Caryl Ruckert
That's a good question because none of my contributions have ever been recognized or tallied.
+8 votes
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Mach 8 (89.1k points)
edited by Traci Thiessen
+9 votes

I just finished yesterday and the day before a whole bunch of Blodgetts, missed that one. But I found a stray maybe ancestor this morning

  6. There have been quite a few hands working on this over the years, mine being among them and I just added some significant information.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by Anne B
+8 votes

I'm in this month.

1. Robert Black, Sr.

by Laurie Cruthers G2G6 Pilot (117k points)
edited by Laurie Cruthers
+8 votes

Count me in! It will be a busy month but I should be able to do a few.

  1. Marie Azeoline Bergeron - 3GGM
  2. Andre Narcisse Ermogene Badeau - a random profile I ran across while getting ready for the S-A-T
  3. Ursule Boutin - 3GGM
  4. Judith Boudreaux - 3GGM. [Yes I had a few 3G's left over that I didn't get to from the last challenge!]
  5. Benjamin Boudreaux - Judith's father. This one was a little more complicated than I expected.
  6. William Wells Bjorkgren - my grandfather.
  7. John Barnhisel - 2GGF
  8. Marie Devirginie Bergeron - 3GGM, spent a lot of time looking for additional information, did finally find her death record.
  9. Pierre Bergeron - 4GGF.
by Joyce Rivette G2G6 Mach 5 (57.5k points)
edited by Joyce Rivette
I just noticed on the spreadsheet, my total for Jul/Aug [people born in July] is now blank, when it should show 7. Could someone fix that?

I’m still working on the the Jul/Aug totals.

OK cool, thanks Bob!
What is this "spreadsheet" you speak of? Where does one find this? (First I've heard of it)
There is a spreadsheet for the host, me, to track individuals totals, and stickers.
+9 votes

I have lots of B’s buzzing around in my tree, so I’ll be writing some bios for this challenge.

1. Abijah Bemis

by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (184k points)
edited by Bob Keniston
+9 votes

I'll try again this month - some possibilities: Annie Batton, Ezra Battey, Edward Seymour Bander, Hermine Hansen Butler...

1. Merton Bander

by Amanda D. G2G6 Mach 1 (12.6k points)
edited by Amanda D.
+9 votes

I hope to get some done this month - will have lots to choose from in my family as my maiden name is Boy.

1. Mary Ethelwynne (Axtell) Boyd - done

2. Daniel Boyd - done

3. My Great-Grandfather John Aiken Boy - in progress

by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Mach 6 (60.9k points)
edited by Emily Holmberg
+7 votes
Caroline Bauer Milhiser [Bauer-3110] - I write a paragraph for her and added 1895 census.
by Cathy Claycamp G2G4 (4.9k points)
+5 votes
I am in and I have a lot of surnames that starts with B.
by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (422k points)
+5 votes
by Sue Fitzpatrick G2G2 (2.4k points)
edited by Sue Fitzpatrick
+8 votes

I shall do a few again this month B for Brrr it's chilly out there:)


The following have all had work done during and after the Source-a-Thon. All have had needs categories added to keep them on the Surrey lists for more attention. They are all improved but not defined

2. Mr

3. Mrs Baigent    









12. and wife 


14. need to verify  marriage


16. and hubby 


17. and wife


19. Son 

20. - Son 

20A. is wife of Burbridge-62 requested pm to change name born with to Simmonds name on marriage certificate. PM added an earlier marriage to profile so LNAB is now Grantham. Added 1901 & 1911 census and found birth record to confirm LNAB current profile is which will change again when PM changes LNAB again. Profile has now be merged into 

21.  Post ged com clean and 1901 census added

22.  / Post ged com clean and 1901 census added

23. / Post ged com clean and census editing done 



26. only record found was son's christening


28. & hubby



30. Cleaned up biography - unable to confirm the sources found

31. sources added but needs more work


   33. - Mrs Balchin

34. - Post gedcom clean 1881 census added and some data converted to text

35. - Post gedcom clean - add birth record  with some text added with research notes and needs categories

36. Post gedcom clean and sourced with some text added with research notes and needs categories

37. - Working on this family group

by Janet Wild G2G6 Mach 9 (96.3k points)
edited by Janet Wild
+6 votes
by Paula Hawkins G2G6 Mach 6 (63.3k points)
+4 votes
  7. - Defined (Bonnie Barlow)
  9. - Defined (Bowman)

FAMILY BIOGRAPHIES COMPLETED. That was fun.  I'd like to help write more.  Confused where to find other "B's" surnames that need biographies.  I'm here if anyone needs &/or wants help with their "B's" surnames.  I'll check back.  Hopefully, I can find my way back here.  So many tags, etc. I hope whoever is reading this, can please let admins know it's not simple enough.  It's fine.  Just not getting any younger and likes it simple.  Have a beautiful day everyone.


Paula Ann Hawkins-Reinke

by Paula Hawkins G2G6 Mach 6 (63.3k points)
edited by Paula Hawkins
Hi Paula, All the profiles you did are private and no one can see your work
+4 votes
I'm working on some...

1. Thomas Bassett-4250

2. Guy Banbridge-2

3. William Beaman-456

4. Elizabeth (Beamon-6) Chapman

5. Nathaniel Boorn-44
by Cheryl Skordahl G2G6 Pilot (171k points)
edited by Cheryl Skordahl

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