what if I myself am the source?

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asked in WikiTree Help by Vickie Golden G2G Rookie (220 points)
recategorized by Jillaine Smith

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That's possible. Especially about events that happend recently,  you can put in  you witnessed it yourself. When it is about things you haven't experienced yourself but were told by an older family member you can mention that: "As told by auntie xxxx at date xxxx" In this way it is clear for everyone where you have got the information.

If you can find a link to a primary source (newspaper, archive, etc),  use it in the biography.

Have fun. Try things out and learn by watching how others do things,  No one here had it right the first time they tried. I started almost a year ago and I am still updating the profiles I made in the first few months.
answered by Eef van Hout G2G6 Mach 3 (32.2k points)
selected by Anonymous McCormick
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Here is the link to WikiTree's suggestion on how to source yourself:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Sources#First-hand_information_.28yourself.29
answered by Nelda Spires G2G6 Mach 1 (18k points)
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You would not create a free space page for yourself as a source. You should not use yourself as a source unless you actually witnessed the events of the person's life that you are sourcing. For example, you would not use yourself as a first-hand source for your mother's birth, as you were not alive to witness it.

Also, please remember that a link to a family tree on another site is not considered a source. If the trees have primary sources attached, those sources should be cited on the profiles here.
answered by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (636k points)
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As others have said, it's perfectly OK to cite yourself as the source for events you witnessed personally - marriage of a sibling, death of a parent, birth of a nephew, etc.

It's never ideal, though, for you to be the only source.  Imagine yourself fifty years in the future, reading a WT profile where the only source for key info is a long-dead stranger's personal recollection.  It's not a source anyone can review and verify, which greatly devalues it.  For that reason, you should back up your personal info with documentation if at all possible. Try to work the profile as if you knew nothing about the person.
answered by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (320k points)

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