Help digitizing 150 years of Geneology + Finding 1760s birth parents of Ruth Wright.

+6 votes
I've been working with my grandmother on our family's geneology, and I'd like to digitize all the info my family has been collecting and compiling for the last 150 years (including a 100+ page unpublished manuscript of "The Descendents of Timothy Mann of Dummerston, Vermont". We have lots of original photos and documents for the Mann and Mattoon families of Massachusetts and Vermont. One of the big mysteries for us are the birth parents of Ruth Wright Mattoon. I created a profile for her with the info I have and was wondering if folks had advice on ways to proceed (also, since I'm fairly new to this wikitree journey, if you see info I could have presented better or referenced better, please let me know and I'll fix it in this profile, and try to take better habits with me to the next profile.)

WikiTree profile: Ruth Mattoon
in The Tree House by J Songer G2G Crew (630 points)

2 Answers

+4 votes
I think you did a very nice job and you are quite thorough! My only suggestion are style issues. Well, except for the US too early in the birth date.

If I were working on this profile, I would not use any abbreviations in the body of the biography and I would write it like a story instead of a listing of the facts. Consider indenting the second paragraph since that is a quote. You can indent by using the colon ":". Two colons indents more. I like that you gave a shout out to the town clerks! I would put that below the Sources under an Acknowledgements heading. You should also write in the 3rd person like when you said you visited cemeteries and did not find any possible parents. If you'd like to leave it in the first person, you could "sign" your comments with four tildes (I think that's what they are called) ~~~~ This will leave your name and date/time.

But, seriously, the work you've done is far better than most profiles. I am a terrible nit-picker, but then again, you asked!

As far as how to proceed, I have no idea. I've only just begun to break through brick walls through DNA, but then again, that does involve other people helping out.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (503k points)
+2 votes
Hello! I am tracing my family and it seems to land back on Timothy Mann in Dummerston. I would be VERY interested in learning about what you have on this line. I'd also be happy to help if you're still trying to figure out how to get everything online & indexed. I hope to hear from you!
by Mich Carey G2G Rookie (260 points)

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