New ancestor added, but where is his info I added, too?

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I created a new profile for my ancestor, William Whorton Whately. I added everything I had compiled on him with sources, saved it, but when I opened the public view, nothing was there. Where did it go? How can I get it to appear?  HELP!
in WikiTree Help by Carolyn Vosburg G2G5 (5.8k points)

3 Answers

+4 votes
Double check that you have the tag <references/> immediately beneath ==Sources==.  Or if that is OK, put a link to his profile so that we can take a look.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
+11 votes

Carolyn, here is the link to his profile.  If you look at the edit page, you will see that everything is still there, so no need to panic!  Also on the edit page, you have several places where you put the tag:  <ref>  That is why nothing is showing on the view page.  Here's how it works:

When you want to add a footnote, you use the <ref> tag to do it, but this is a "container" tag, meaning that it "contains" the citation that will go at the bottom, where the <references /> tag appears under the == Sources == heading.

Since it is a container, you must indicate what it contains … so you have to use a start tag and end tag with the citation between them.  It should look like this:

<ref> … citation goes in here …  </ref>

When you place a start tag - the <ref> - then everything between it and the end tag - the </ref> will not be displayed there, but will be shown wherever the <references /> tag is.

You put several start tags in there, but did not put any end tags … the result is that the computer thinks everything after the first start tag is part of the citation and, since you never placed any end tag, the rest of the regular text never got displayed and, on top of that, there was no completed "contained" text to be displayed either, so it does not appear under the Sources heading either.

If this isn't making enough sense to you, please let me know and I'll give you a detailed step-by-step on how to do it correctly.

by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (847k points)
+6 votes
I too just looked, the info is there but you have reference tags that are not correct. I see Gaile just added the answer as I was typing, this will get you fixed up on the bio so the info will display. Also a good idea to use the preview to make sure everything is looking good!
by Michael Smith G2G6 Mach 9 (97.2k points)
So, I see in another message a detailed explanation of what I SHOULD have done. Oh, me. Makes my 81 year old head hurt! Hope I can learn all these steps.
Oh noooooo, Carolyn.  You got your age all wrong - you are not 81 - you are 21, just like I am, except that you've been 21 for 5 years more than I have.  Trust me on this - it's much better to be 21 - one benefit is that it's easier to remember your age when it doesn't keep changing every year!

Seriously, if you want, I can go fix a couple of them - then you will have examples to use for the rest - just say the word and I'll do it.  Also, if you use what WikiTree calls the "citation machine" (it's the icon on the edit page that looks like a big button with the letter "C" on it) that makes it much easier.  Just put your cursor where you want to put the citation, then click that button and you will have the set of tags with space between them to enter the citation.

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