Here are some tips in getting started off right in 2019 with your family profiles....
I have noticed two major concerns: #1 having profile managers to add sources to profiles that they created and/or adopted; and #2 checking with other profile managers before making changes to their profiles.
One thing I would like to recommend from the onset is that members refresh their memory of our Honor Code . Note # l working together on the same ancestor profiles and # Vlll about adding sources. I also know it may be hard to share a profile with others but that is what WikiTree members do, when we share ancestors we work together on the same ancestor profiles.
It is strongly recommended that before adding several profiles without sources in your family tree, work on those profiles you already added (that are without sources) providing source information to make their profile complete. You will be helping future genealogists find their ancestors!
You can add any source you already found on your family member's profile such as: birth information, US Federal Census reports ie: years 1880 to 1940 from Family Search https://familysearch.org/search ; Find A Grave Information or an obituary from a funeral home.
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sources. and here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Jillaine's_Dream_Source_Help_Page
After you collected all your sources and posted them, it is recommended you write a short "biography" for the individual. A bio would start off with name of person and when, where he or she was born... Then parents name if you know them... Then if they were married and how many children. It would be sorta like an obituary that you would read in a newspaper.
A biography might look something like this:
James M. Barry was born Sept 8, 1923 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He was the third of eight children and the oldest son born to Mary Koch and Arthur Barry. James met and married Carolyn Branden and they raised two children together. The family resided in Lycoming County, PA. He worked as a lumberjack most of his life. James passed away 24 May 1973 at his residence in Williamsport. He was buried in Wildwood Cemetery, Lycoming County, PA, on 28 May 1973. He was only 56 years old. (example of a biography only) .
- IMPORTANT TIP: Before adding another profile, always have at least one source ready to put in Wiki Tree's form with all the other information on your relative. (the source will go in the very last box after notes). Do it before submitting, and you won't get that box that says "Source needed". All newly added profiles without sources will get that plus a note in a paragraph as well. So to avoid all that, have your sources ready!!
- Another Tip: If you made a duplicate profile you can not delete it. Instead "merge" higher number profile to lower number profile if last name is the same and rest of the information fits.
Additional useful sources for Beginners:
Note: Please forward any problems or concerns about your GEDCOM, or the process concerning it to our WikiTree GEDCOM Manager for assistance. ( go to https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/GEDCOM_Manager ). They can help you faster and give you an explanation as to your situation.
- Also you can look for your GEDCOM import on your "contributions" list; it should show up there. When you click on the name of the GEDCOM you uploaded, it will take you to the page where your compare report is, and you can see which step you need to follow next. There are pretty clear, step-by-step instructions on that page. Thank you!
New GEDCOMpare "help page" recently created:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:2018_GEDCOMpare_Process
PS: Go here to learn about DNA Features: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/DNA_Features
Hope some, or all of this information helps you out for the new year and new beginnings at WikiTree!!!!