Teach by Example

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My New Year's Resolution is to Teach by Example.  Family history is a hobby for most of us, and I will do what I can to encourage others in their research, demonstrate good techniques, and invite participation on the one world WikiTree.

When I find an under-sourced profile, I will add sources I can find. I will not immediately add an unsourced tag, but rather only add the tag if I can find nothing in my own research.

We all have to learn how to conduct research and add source citations for our work.  When a website expresses a preferred way of citation, I will encourage others to use it. Copy and Paste is easy!  

For example, on FindAGrave, I will use their Source citation that can be found at the bottom of each memorial (I do add the two little sections in Bold to create an active link to the memorial.):  Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 04 January 2019), memorial page for Barbara Jean Smith Cooper (25 May 1923–16 Mar 2000), {{FindAGrave| 21280612 |Sameas=yes}}, citing Mentor Municipal Cemetery, Mentor, Lake County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 46933460).

For FamilySearch.org, I will use their citation which can be found at the bottom of the Document Information section.  

Citing this Record:  "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X4Q6-Q57 : accessed 4 January 2019), Barbara J Smith in household of Harold B Smith, Lakewood, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 650, sheet 2A, line 13, family 33, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1787; FHL microfilm 2,341,521.

Some citations are not as easy to find and sometimes we have to create our own. Still, we need to teach the new researchers how to do this. This is a good place to demonstrate how to use the C button (for citation) on the profile edit box.

*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage/ Savage (all vol.)]

So, I hope to see a lot of thumbs up for the Teach by Example New Year's Resolutions.  It is certainly an easier resolution to keep than the 25 pound thing.  laugh

asked in The Tree House by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (464k points)
I gave you a thumbs up! I already do most of what you have resolved to do, but I never saw the Sameas=yes thingy, so now I need to play to see what that does.

The |Sameas=yes}} section just says that the linked memorial is for the actual profile person, not their spouse or child. 

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Kitty, I read your post, and I am not sure I am understanding exactly. I picked one of my grandfathers. When you get a minute would you look at it and see if I am on the track you suggest. I am trying to continue improving, and I would appreciate your input very much.

[https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Eshleman-133]
answered by Rodney Long G2G6 Pilot (185k points)
selected by Susan Laursen

Oh, yeah!  That is a good one.  When I find a FindAGrave record on FamilySearch.org:

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVL3-YZ8G : 13 December 2015), Ross A Eshleman, 1989; Burial, Grantville, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Saint Johns United Methodist Church Cemetery; citing record ID 81683657, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

I copy the memorial number, and paste it in the Memorial # field on the FindAGrave website: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 04 January 2019), memorial page for Ross A Eshleman (2 Jan 1902–2 Jun 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81683657, citing Saint John's United Methodist Church Cemetery, Grantville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .

I copy and paste the citation from the bottom of the memorial and add the following in bold.

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 04 January 2019), memorial page for Ross A Eshleman (2 Jan 1902–2 Jun 1989), {{FindAGrave|81683657|Sameas=yes}}, citing Saint John's United Methodist Church Cemetery, Grantville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .

You are doing a great job, Rodney!  Thanks for the teachable moment!  Kitty 

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Hi Kitty, thanks for sharing this - I use the FamilySearch references you mention, but only the Find A Grave memorial number so will improve my profiles as I work through them.

One question - i flit through different branches of the tree and most of my profiles on here are unfinished. I make no excuses for this, it's the way I work, but was wondering if leaving a note to that effect would be useful, such as "work in progress" and the ~~~~  rather than leaving what I've have done appearing abandoned.

comments welcome :)
answered by Alison Wilkins G2G6 Mach 2 (22.9k points)
Hi Alison!  I still run into profiles that I haven’t cleaned up since my initial gedcom.  I don’t add the work in progress note because I rarely come back to do it later, so then it looks like I plan to do something that I long ago forgot.  If you want to add such notes, you are welcome to do so, but they aren’t necessary and at least in my case, would dissuade me from making improvements to a profile for fear of stepping on toes.

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