Is there an easy way to format text in biographies for line feeds?

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Is there a formatting shortcut to add line feeds to a block of text?

This Profile and others like it include a detail of the census record which was cut and paste into the biography section. 

However, it does not display as intended. In the past I have gone line by line and entered extra characters to make the formatting correct, but I was wondering if there was some kind of shortcut I am missing.

in WikiTree Help by Lance Martin G2G6 Mach 9 (90.9k points)

4 Answers

+2 votes
No short cut but I always add the tag <br /> at the end of each line - that forces a hard line break.

Also if you want to census text to be indented, i think you have add a couple of  :: (colons) at the beginning.
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (835k points)
Yes I know there is editing I can do to make it appear correctly. Just curious how to do it with the least amount of effort.  I would hope there was some kind of html I could insert like no wiki and make it display as shown in the editor
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Sure. Just leave a blank line between paragraphs like so:

This is paragraph 1.

This is paragraph 2.

And the text will display the same way. (If you don't leave a blank line between them, then the wiki will append the second paragraph to the first.)

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (370k points)
Not something I am typing. But something I am not interested in spending that amount of effort editing.
+2 votes
When I load census information, I put the year, followed by location on one line, with the source citation following the location.

On the next line, I put 2 colons :: at the beginning of the line, then 'copy / paste' the family list after the colons, then copy the double colon to the front of each line.  That will indent the family list so they are each on separate lines.

The census 'source citation' should be entered as an inline citation using the 'ref" which will remove that portion from the biography.

If you want to add further information, you can add the parents birthplace, following the family member line that it is appropriate for, the majority of the rest of the info is in the family list.

For 1900, I usually go through each family member and add the birth month / year, as well as number of years married for the parents, and the number of children and number living for the mother, adding the appropriate information on the family member line.  That keeps the biography concise and together by each person.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (366k points)
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I try to convert the census information to paragraph text. For example:

The 1930 U.S. Census recorded 77-year-old William M. Stubblebine, a widower and retired, in the household of 55-year-old Harry W. Davis, his son-in-law, at 1629 Regina Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Others in the household were Harry's wife wife H. Nora Davis, 54; and Harry's unmarried children, son L. George A. Davis, 27, a clerk in a grocery store; daughter Ruth Davis, 20, a stenographer in the wholesale machining industry. All were born in Pennsylvania to parents born in Pennsylvania.

That format is far easier for me to read than a series of formatted tables for several censuses, and when I dig into the census sheet to create a writeup, I often find that the handy-dandy tabular summaries published by FamilySearch and Ancestry omitted key details or were misleading -- or even erroneous.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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