I just started about 3 weeks ago and was wondering if my sources are ok.

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Could someone with experience check them out please? Thanks.

WikiTree profile: Logan Gavin
in WikiTree Help by Logan Gavin G2G6 Mach 1 (17.6k points)

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I only looked at a couple, until I found one old enough to get past 'Personal recollection.'

Your citations do make it possible to find the sources, which is important.  I think you should expand the source citations, and add links if possible.  FamilySearch makes it super easy.  For example:

"Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK9L-W7TT : 14 October 2017), William Isaac Sprout and Evelyn Katherine Hull, 14 Feb 1918; citing Warren, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,255,935.

You can just copy/paste that into Evelyn's profile.

Also, for list-type biographies (like Evelyn's), it's a good idea to sort the sources chronologically.  Then they provide a timeline.

Finally, even for people you knew, like grandparents, you should try to add sources as if they were strangers.  Never know what you might find!

Good job for a newbie!

by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (569k points)
selected by Logan Gavin

2 Things

  1. So you are saying that it is best to use a site like Family Search for sources (and of course cross check them and everything)?
  2. I would like to the name of the personal recollection that was too far. (I think I meant to put the personal recollection of my grandmother)
Thanks for the star, Logan!

Yes, FamilySearch or other free resource for sources, as much as possible.  And by FamilySearch, I mean their record databases, not trees.  They have most of the same records as Ancestry, and their citation is ready to paste (unlike Ancestry).  As Robynne noted, many members do not have Ancestry subscriptions.  The idea is to make it as easy as possible for other people to verify the info.  Also, if your sourcing goes sideways, it makes it much easier for people to help you sort it out if they can just click a link to see what you saw.

'Personal recollection' really should never be the only source, in my opinion.  You should always try to provide something that other people can verify.

One thing I forgot to mention:  Please spell out place names fully.  WikiTree abhors abbreviations, because our international members aren't familiar with MO vs MS vs MI vs MA vs ME, etc.
Got it, thank you so much for the help!

You're welcome!  Keep up the good work!  yes

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Can you give us an example profile you've created to check out?
by Janelle Weir G2G6 Mach 4 (43.2k points)

Ex: "McHose-89"

Thanks! So on that profile I think the sources are good in that they are actual geneological sources and not just other people's trees ect. However I think they need to be more specific. your first two sources just say "Northampton County, Pennsylvania, 1756-1845: Christ Union Church", which seems to be a collection on ancestry. In order for someone to be able duplicate your work you need to be more specific. Add a description of what record this is, if possible the page or film number it's on, and add a link. Same thing with the PA church and town records. In that case there's no link, but it a least needs some thing like "Baptism of Elizabeth McHose 1798: Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 401". If the reels are anything like the ones I've looked at they have hundreds of records so it's important to make sure some one would know what they are looking for.
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Since many people here on Wikitree do not have a paid subscription to Ancestry, it would be HELPFUL to transcribe the family details in the 1940 census (and in all other census records iN Ancestry)  and add them as a source (Sprout-125) Better yet, find them on the Family Search and link to those records. Family Search is free.

Personal recollection (for your grandparents) is NOT very acceptable as a source.

Since your paternal grandparents and great grandparents have all passed, then you can look for their death records online - perhaps the SSDI? again you can find these for free on Family Search.

The great great grandparents sources all look good.
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (831k points)

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