Profiles with "tons" of text about parents and in-laws of an individual

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recently in attempting to verify ties to others ( and in some cases comparing individuals) I have run into profiles that have LONG text which not only has info on the subject of the profile, but also on his parents, grandparents including all their children.

 

makes for very hard deciphering to get to the meat of the profile.  specific example is buffington-50 - her father.

 

Shouldn't info like this be included under the profile of the other person?
in Genealogy Help by John Beeson G2G3 (4.0k points)

2 Answers

+1 vote
You can either split up the biography information onto the individual profiles, or you can create a free space profile, and link to it from the profiles.

In my opinion, there is an elegance to having all of the information in one place, with snippits on individual profiles.
by Amanda Pitts G2G6 Mach 1 (16.5k points)
whilst I agree with you in general (tis better to have it someplace) it sure makes it confusing to one attempting to find out about the profiled individual.

It seems to me that placing all that info onto a single profile is just an easy way out of really doing a first class job initially of allocating pertinant personal info to the actual profile to which it belongs - sorta like having so many duplicates of children.

 

But then that's just my thoughts
+1 vote
I think putting information under the correct profile(s) is a goal, but at the same time, I would rather see sourced facts in too many places, rather than not enough places.

I think that the information in the profile you have cited (which appears to be a merge that has not been cleaned up yet) would immediately benefit simply from different organization and formatting. For example: There a number of manual line breaks that should be removed, and some that should be added; some information may be better presented in a tabular format; labelling the information under more headings would help, some blockquotes, using <ref> tags for footnoting, consistently formatting the sources (and grouping them together), and using colour and spacing to visually break up different pieces of information. There also appears to be duplicate info that would be more obvious if everything was organized.
by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (274k points)
I have removed 4 or 5 duplicates of the will contents, baptisms, burials, related families, immigration, and *some* of the extraneous formatting (indents, horizontal rules, headings) and started the consolidation of sources under one heading.

Still a long way to go - removing more of the duplicate information would be a good place to start in cleaning up this profile.
thanks for the answer Ron.  and for attempting to clean up the info.  I started, but then realized that I did not have first hand knowledge about the individuals and probably would have made a bigger mess.

 

Thank you!
In a case like this, even if you have no knowledge of the individual, simply removing any exactly duplicated paragraphs (there was/is a lot of it in this case), tidying up basic formatting, highlighting unsubstaniated facts using {{citation needed}} and adding links for any digitized copies of sources can go a long way to improving a profile and making further clean up less intimidating for the next person.

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