I still don't understand how to correctly input my SOURCE data. Any suggestions?

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in WikiTree Help by Lar Normore G2G1 (1.7k points)

3 Answers

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I hope I can help you. I just this moment learned to add a source with inline citation. At least it worked and hopefully it was done the right way. :)

Type your information in the biography.

Here is my paragraph and all the information I want you to know.

Then add the Source information at the end like this:

Here is my paragraph and all the information I want you to know. <ref>from a book I found on the web</ref>

Make sure you have the following entered below the Biography section. This will create the inline citation numbers.

== Sources ==

Give it a test by adding the above as a test on a profile. You can click PREVIEW to see how it looks without saving.

Hope that helps!

by Angela Herman G2G6 Mach 1 (15.8k points)
Heh heh heh. We completely interpreted the question differently. Now, re-reading, I think you got it right!
HaHaHa! Lucy, the more info the better, right!
I totally agree.  The more information the better.  I shall use both your suggestions together with the help page. I will get this. Thanks to both of you.
That's why I just left it there. Plus every time I post stuff like this, it reinforces it in my mind because I have to read it again!

The only problem with doing it like

Here is my paragraph and all the information I want you to know.<ref>from a book I found on the web</ref>

is that it is hard to see where the paragraph ends and the source begins in the biography, particularly when there are several sources for one fact. I prefer to daisy-chain them thus::

Here is my paragraph information I want you to know. 
Concise details of source including reference numbers, page number, repository, URL if web based.
Concise details of  source including reference numbers, page number, repository, URL if web based.

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I saved the following information from the book used in the below example. Basically, you want to document what is your source, how can someone else find it to see for themselves, and if it is not readily available an abstract or transcript would be nice.

Citation Components

A citation has the following components:

Author, Title, Publisher, Locator

  • Author: format can be "First Name Last Name" or "Last Name, First Name."
  • Title: format can be Title or Title. Also article titles may precede publication title.
  • Publisher: format often includes publisher location, name and year published and sometimes in parentheses.
  • Locator: usually a page number or range of page numbers depending upon the source type.

In addition, for online sources you may need:

  • Accessed: list date when source located as in "accessed on March 29, 2009."
  • Examined: list search criteria as in "examined for any reference to 'xyz'."

The Chicago Style is preferred on Wikitree:

Chicago - refers to The Chicago Manual of Style which is a style guide for American English. It is the style most often used by genealogists.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub Co, 2007.

I have more examples at the very bottom of this free-space I made:


by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (482k points)

Try re-reading the Help pages regarding sourcing:


Thank you for your quick response.  I find your answer explains a lot and is very helpful. Meanwhile I'll just have to keep working on the formatting until it get it right.
Hi Lucy,  Love that page.  I am going to add it to my Cheat Sheet as great additional information.  Never Too Much Info when it comes to working on WikiTree. ;)
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Hi Lar,

You may want to take a look at this Cheat Sheet under section 1.4 The Proper Care and Feeding of Profiles. (my little joke there) This lists the Help Pages where you can find the answer to this about Sources and many questions about Profiles on WIkiTree.

by LJ Russell G2G6 Pilot (169k points)

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