where is a list of sources you will and will not accept?(some of mine have been removed)

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WikiTree profile: Ruth Vaught
in WikiTree Help by Mari-San Vaught G2G Crew (340 points)
People should not be removing your sources unless they are for the wrong person - hit the changes tab and you can restore them if you think they are important to that profile

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Please read the help page for sourcing.

Help: Sources

I hope the link proves useful. Best wishes to you on your WikiTree journey!

by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)

Just a note here. No sources were removed from the profile you linked. I believe the unsourced template was added by a Data Doctor because sources need to be readily located by other members if they choose to go look for themselves. A cemetery name that could be anywhere in the world wouldn't be considered a valid source. You may know exactly where she is buried, but if other members can't tell where she is from the information you give in the source citation then it isn't useful to them. wink

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Mari, if you would like, I can add source citation from Find A Grave to Ruth who died at 2 years old, and her parents, Charley and Anna. Then you can use that as an example to build other sources.
by Rodney Long G2G6 Pilot (442k points)
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I added the Find A Grave Source plus one other from Oklahoma Genealogy Trails Com to Ruth's Profile.  I also created a Category of the Old Cache Cemetery in Haskell County and added this as well.  Though Find A Grave shows the cemetery is in Keota, OK, this is incorrect as it is 5 miles outside of that town should only be listed as in Haskell County per WikiTree Cemetery Project Guidelines.

You will still need to add the data to verify her place of birth and death.  You may want to take a look at this page as a reference for the myriad of Help Pages on WikiTree.  The Cheat Sheet Please look as the section marked 1.4 The Proper Care and Feeding of Profiles (my little joke).  This section gives many of the various Help Pages on formatting and sourcing Profiles per WikiTree Guidelines.

by LJ Russell G2G6 Pilot (169k points)
that was helpful to me. I'm just learning how many details I should be adding to all these profiles, and that opened up new realms (and chores!)
WC, every time one of the WikiTree experts posts something, there’s always new chores... uh... realms! Realms, I mean!
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Hi Mari-San.  To answer your question directly, I don't believe there is any such list.  If you continue to follow this forum for a while, you'll quickly develop a feel for what the other members perceive to be good and not-so-good practices for documenting your profiles.  Most of us would not remove data from a profile unless it's something totally useless -- like, for example, bookkeeping data from other web sites that sometimes gets imported with GEDCOM files, but has no meaning on this site.
by Dennis Barton G2G6 Pilot (385k points)
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A cite to another unsourced genealogy is really not a source.  People frequently try to cite to genealogies on Ancestry which typically have dead links even when one does have access to Ancestry.  I often remove "sources" that are themselves undocumented. That said, there are enough profiles out there without profile managers that I try to work mostly on those rather than on those where I risk upsetting someone.  The following is an example of something I would generally remove.  It really provides no information.  

  • Source: S-1526116839 Repository: #R-1896716442 Title: Public Member Trees Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.
Also, I generally try to use census cites to familysearch.org rather than ancestry since it is free and everyone can readily access it and not just those with a subscription.  And I try to use cites that have links to the material being cited so the document I'm referring to is just a link away.  Family Search is fantastic in that it pre-formats citations for you that include links.  Find A Grave sort of does the same, but it doesn't provide the link to the precise page of the entry, so I copy their cite and then substitute the link for the specific page with the general link they use in their pre-formatted citation.  
by Amy Garber G2G6 (8.7k points)

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