How to link references to biographical statements?

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How do you correctly reference <ref></ref> tags from the related biographical statement? ie - Ada was born in 1887. At the end of the sentence, I have been typing "[1]" (or the appropriate ref no in square brackets. Is there something else I should type to produce a superscript hyperlink to the reference?
WikiTree profile: Ada Roberts
in Genealogy Help by Shane Roberts G2G Rookie (280 points)

3 Answers

+6 votes
You do not need to type the numbers at all. Simply copy and paste or write your reference information between the <ref> and the </ref> and the super-scripted numbers will be generated for you in the bio and the sources will show up in the order used under the Sources heading.
by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (247k points)
Thank you Nelda,
On the right track, but not quite enough information for a WikiTree rookie.
Shane
+6 votes
Okay, where you put the [1] up in the biography is where you need to put the <ref>citation</ref>. Nothing is showing now, because you have the <ref> tags after the <references/> tag, which is what generates the footnotes, but it only generates footnotes from <ref> tags that appear above it.

As to what to put into the citation, unfortunately, the source you're using doesn't seem to generate URLs that point to the search result you're looking at. So, in that case, I'd put something like this:

<ref>New Zealand Government: Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records: Registration Number: 1887/17112, Family Name: Hook, Given Name(s): Ada Pearl, Mother's Given Name(s): Martha, Father's Given Name(s): Freind, Still Birth: -. https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz</ref>

It's not as good as if you could point directly to the record, but it's probably as good as you can do with that web site.
by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (381k points)
Hi Melanie,
Thank you for expanding Greg's answer. I should be able to figure it out now.
Shane
WikiTree rookie.
I think if you use Greg's citation example (an extremely good one!) with any of the links, you can't go too far wrong.  (If using the separate births, marriages, or deaths, pages, you would need to "text the link" .. i.e. use [https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/Search/Search?Path=%2FqueryEntry.m%3Ftype%3Dbirths New Zealand Government Historical Records] (making sure there is a space between the end of the link and the word "New") because they're a tad long otherwise and "bleed over".
+3 votes
When you are in Edit mode, position your cursor where you want to put that reference.  If you look just above the biography section, there are some 'icons' and the words 'Cite you source' at the end.  If you select the 'C' or 'Cite your source', it will put the beginning and ending 'ref' statements with 'insert reference here' between them.  If you have previously 'copied' the citation you are going to enter, then you can 'paste' it and it should overlay the 'insert reference here' wording and your citation will be formatted for you.

You can obviously enter your citation in that area, but using the icon will help you to format the citation without having to actually enter the 'ref' statements.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (385k points)
edited by Linda Peterson

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