Advice before editing this pre-1700 Elgin profile?

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George Elgin's son Francis is my 4th Great-Grandfather.  When I started to add George as Francis' father I discovered his orphaned profile and adopted it. 

I have information to contribute to the profile of George Elgin from a book I have not accessed which is well sourced.

One of the sources I am using:  Elgin, James G. The Elgin families of America. Wichita, Kansas: J.G. Elgin, 1999.  And I do have additional hardcopy sources.

I tried to join the US Southern Colonies Project but it is closed . . .

Would love suggestions about any special pre-1700s style guidelines if what I have added is not correct. 

The excerpt I have put in the bio is quite lengthy.  I recall reading something about not putting long quotes from  sources in the bio.  So I'm wondering how to make the information available, given the book is not easily accessible.  Maybe a space?

Thank you!

WikiTree profile: George Elgin
in Policy and Style by Mary Gossage G2G6 Mach 1 (18.8k points)
edited by Mary Gossage

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Mary, there are efforts going on to try to revive the US Southern Colonies project.  Hang in there with us.

In the meantime, yes we discourage large copy/pastes from other works.  See Help:Copying Text.

The key is to extract pertinent quotes that support facts related to the profile.  

Perhaps post an example of what you want to do here so we can see what you're hoping to accomplish?
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (784k points)
Thanks, Jillian.  Well, when I think bio - I think of interesting things about a person's life beyond cut and dried facts that are substantiated - a way of bringing these ancestors "to life" for moment and getting to know one another.  So I guess what I'm wondering is how we can accomplish that - if there is a place to do that.

Thanks for the Help:Copying Text - all suggestions which are of course important.  In this case there is no wondering about authenticity of well documented research by the author.

In this case it is text the author himself provided in discussion  (a discussion I cited which provides a link to content).  The well documented research he did is published in a book he wrote, that is not easily accessible - and out of print.

Given this person is considered to be the gateway ancestor of nearly all the Elgins in the U.S., maybe providing a space to write his story (informed by what is published without copying) would be useful?  And to present reviews of theories about origin?  Unless there is new research of which I am unaware (very possible!) the origin in either Scotland or Northern Ireland (Scots-Irish) is inconclusive, with evidence which seems to support both.

At one time there was a hugely comprehensive website Elgin Net which disappeared when the person managing it moved. It presented all the known research, documentation from original sources, and connected lines up to the present.  She even organized a reunion for those who could attend.  Perhaps that is what became the content for the published book?

I will extract the facts presented and connect them to the content online and consider creating a space for this gateway ancestor.

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