Project: Profile Improvement

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WikiTree's Profile Improvement Project Help

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Mission

This project exists to bring together WikiTreers who love to make profiles beautiful! We clean up messy biography sections and sources, and try to set standards for attractive, useful, and well-written biographies.

How to Join

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The leader for this project is Anne B. She can be reached for guidance on improving profiles.

For a full list of participants, see the badge report.

If you would like to be involved in the Profile Improvement project, please do the following:

  1. Add profiles to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed. Profile Improvement Project uses the G2G for project wide communication.
  2. Request the Profile Improvement Badge by responding here. For Unknowns and db_errors subprojects see below.
  3. Add your name to the Worklist, using the subsections to show what you're working on in this project right now. You may be in more than one area or you may just be working on your own watchlist for now.
  4. Add your name to the "Progress Reports" (this page below) and update it periodically.
  5. You may also add [[Category:Profile Improvement Project]] to your profile page. That will put you on the list on the Project Category page.

Goals

  1. Clean up and make "pretty" the rash of "ugly" profile pages on wikitree that are generated by GEDCOM uploads, merged duplicates and even some manually entered ones.
  2. Help implement the style guidelines for what makes a good narrative. For example, see Biographies and Sources_Style_Guide.
  3. Add, where possible, estimated birth years to profiles with empty birth dates, the {{DateGuess}} template is recommended.
  4. Mark any unsourced facts with a citation needed template {{Citation needed}} so people know the 'fact' is only conjecture until proven.

Use G2G conversations to discuss topics related to the Profile Improvement Project. When you do, be sure to add "profiles" as a tag.


What do Profile Improvement Project Members do?

Initially many members work on improving their own profiles then move onto Profiles connected with Projects that interest them, with or without a direct ancestral connection.

Eventually many people move into more general work with WikiTree, as a break from their own research or brickwalls or for the fun of doing new research or just to give something back to the community. This is where the maintenance categories come in handy.

For those that like the research there are thousands of profiles listed with no sources, searching out sources can be fun, adding them following the Sources_Style_Guide then removing the Category link is rewarding.

Or the profiles that are excessively long and need to be organised better. Using the Biographies page as a guide, then dive in to help clean these profiles. When finished removing the Category link from the edited profile page.

  • Many of the long profiles and some short ones have large areas of "copy/pastes" from books and other websites (they frequently travel in with gedcoms from our personal databases). When you find them, whether it's from copyrighted work or even public-domain text, best practice is to summarize the key points and LINK to the source where you can. Short quotes are okay. Quotes should always have a source and quotation marks " ".

Another part of Profile Improvement is educating other members to do the same improvements on their own Profiles. One way to do this is by showcasing good profiles in the Profile of the Week Contest or by helping new members who ask for help.

Examples of nice profiles

See Category:Examples for a list pages that have been identified as examples of good profiles.

Steps toward Improved Profiles

There are steps or stages to improving Profiles, it is possible to do several in one go but it is also possible to do a step at a time, each step produces something better than before. If you are not comfortable with working on one step collaborate with someone who enjoys that aspect.

  1. Rearrange the Bio into a logical order, remove the gedcom cruft after import or tidy the sections after merging. Even manually entered profiles can benefit from some organisation. This should be done by everyone who adds or merges profiles as a matter of course.
  2. Checking that all facts have a source, preferably a checkable primary source, or several sources. Vague online and unsourced family trees should be marked as suspect until proven or replaced.
  3. Identify and highlight disputed information and/or common mixups for a person.
  4. Layout a preliminary narrative and/or timeline of the persons life, getting the key facts in order will help later.
  5. See if you can add photographs, pictures, maps or other visual items.
  6. Add categories, project templates and succession boxes if appropriate.
  7. Fill out the narrative with appropriate background stories and links to other information like wikipedia or family websites

Sub-Projects

To Do List

Maintenance Categories

  • Maintenance Categories - Categories created to group profiles in need of specific improvements. Some can be done in a short amount of time, others require more time. There's something for everyone at Profile Improvement.

Templates

Click on the links to see what the template looks like in use.

Templates that don't add a profile to a category
Estimated Date Template {{Estimated Date}} Replaces old {{DateGuess}} Template. See also Estimated Dates help page.
Citation needed {{Citation needed}}

Adding Maintenance Categories to Profiles

LongProfiles {{LongProfiles}} or you can add [[Category:Long Profiles in Need of Cleanup]]
More footnotes {{More footnotes}} adds profiles to the [[Category: Profiles Lacking Inline Citations]]
Unsourced See the category to break this into countries and regions.{{Unsourced|Country}} {{Unsourced}}

These Categories don't have templates but to add the Category to a profile in need of improvement:
Use [[Category:Gedcom cleanup required]] to add this category to a profile.
Use [[Category:Needs Merging]] to add this category to a profile.
Use [[Category: Needs Biography]] to add this category to a profile.
Use [[Category: Profile style review requested]] to add this category to a profile.
Use [[Category:Serious Data Problems]] to add this category to a profile.

G2G Tag & Useful pages

The G2G tag for profile improvement Q&A is now "profiles". Some discussions of interest from the old tag (improvement):

Progress Reports

Beside your name below, please keep track of what you're currently working on for this project. This is both for your own reference, and to aid collaboration amongst the project participants. If you are going to be temporarily inactive in the project (eg. on vacation), please note that here. Thanks!

  • Gerald Baraboo de Barbeau dit Boisdore - I am studying the WikiTree rules, style and standards for profile protocol. I have finished my first goals to implement the WikiTree protocols. I am continuing to improve profiles within my watch list. I am improving merges and using our protocols when helping other profiles find sources. I have finished adding sources to all my gedcom profiles. I have sourced more then 400 unsourced profiles during October. I have corrected all d b errors on the 1783 profiles I have the privilege to take care of. Baraboo-1 15:28, 24 October 2016 (EDT)
  • Astrid Spaargaren - I am recycling and finding Dutch "unknowns" profiles that needs sources, biographies, and clean ups.
  • Darrell Abbey - I am working on cleaning up my Gedcom files and looking for standards in writing biographies. I would be happy to help where ever needed.
  • Marty Acks - Trying to cleanup gedcom crud and source the Porterfield surnames (200+) and other Scottish surnames. This lead me into Dal Riada and old Scottish and Irish royalty. Did hundreds of merges in this area. The area was ripe for duplicate elimination.
  • Martin Allen - I'm currently tidying up my own Gedcom and sources prior to adding more. The profiles I have at the moment are created by Family Historian. When I have the basics done I shall start adding more features.
  • Roland Arsenault - writing tools to help find profiles needing attention.
  • Anne B - I just keep finding profiles and whole families that need help, everywhere I turn. I usually work on a couple of profiles from the maintenance categories every day. Sometimes it takes days to do one profile though and sometimes it's days to do one family. Too bad we don't have a category quick and easy. Oh we do Gedcom cleanup. But then it's usually empty. I decided I needed some relatives on Wikitree, so uploaded a small gedcom and adopted some vaguely related orphans, that I'm cleaning up. I cleaned up the first gedcom and imported another, but I keep getting interrupted :). Feb 2016
  • Dorothy Barry - Cleaning up and adding sources to Barry profiles especially those that are a part of the Barry_Name_Study and those Barry profiles that have no manager.
  • Richard Belcher - Fixing typos and things like that when I see them.
  • Michele Bergin - Currently working on profiles from England
  • Joop van Belzen, Working on profiles in my watch list, improve and add sources to unsourced Dutch profiles.
  • Tom Bredehoft - Since completing the entering of the Pettibone Registry, I've been merging (and cleaning up) random merges from the 'ready to be merged' pile. Also rejecting some of same and reducing my overly-large watch list. (30 Sep 2015)
  • Erin Breen
  • Elyse Doerflinger - I'm especially interested in working on profiles for ancestors from Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina.
  • Bob Fields -
  • Julie Ricketts
    • Adding the Unsourced category when I find a profile that needs it
    • Adding estimated birth dates where needed
    • Identifying duplicates and proposing merges
    • Cleaning up flotsam-filled biographies after aforementioned merges
    • Working on my own watch list to add sources and connect the Unconnected
    • Adding sources to Unsourced Profiles as I find them when I have time
    • Tracking down last names of the Unknowns (Very satisfying ... if you haven't tried it, you should!!)
  • Sue Fitzpatrick - I'd like to help since I know that some of mine have the garbled info from my GEDCOM import
  • John Floyd-Working on profiles in my watch list, any thing that needs cleaning up, and anything during merger. Finished Jabez Crippen any comments? Be sure to add dates if you have them, thank you for your hard work.
  • Martyn Grifhorst - 44
  • Michelle Gerard Hartley - Working on Gerard, Hansen, Kool, Westfall, Straw, surnames presently.
  • Gaile Connolly - Adding my husband's family as a surprise Christmas gift for him and concentrating on Holocaust victims in my "adopted" gedcom family
  • Bill Jennings - Encouraging cited sources. Encouraging dialogue on conflicting information in primary and secondary sources.
  • Merissa Jensen - Just adopted a few profiles of distant relatives, gaining new information, adding some and cleaning up the auto-generated ged-com that it was created from.
  • Lena Svensson - Cleaning up members of the Swedish royal families, Swedish nobility and my own ancestors.
  • Lundie Pinner - Cleaning up my own GEDCOM and a distant relative's merge, as well as seek out duplicates that resulted.
  • Nan Lambert - In addition to my own watchlist, working with orphan profiles primarily in gedcom cleanup, current last names, and estimating birth dates.
  • Eowyn Langholf - I'm in the process of cleaning up my own Gedcom and will help correcting typos and other such things.
  • BK McDonald - Interested in improving profiles if I can help, but am also interested in making wikitree more open. I would rather have someone add a daughter or second husband to one of my relatives and be wrong than for them to say, "screw it, I will just make a duplicate." I guess the reason for the restrictions is in how irreversible some merges are, but I believe fewer padlocks is an important goal.
  • Maggie N - Anything that floats my way !
  • Vicki Norman - Working on adding sources and cleaning up Coffey family gedcoms and merges. 11/23/2015. Will try to work on one long profile every couple of days.
  • J. Salsbery - I am currently working on the Magna Carta Project and I am also trying to clean up any other needy profiles I find along the way.
  • Katie Pyle - I am trying to clean up profiles I either created or am involved with. Currently working on the Baldwin family originating in and around Buckinghamshire, England, and emigrating to the US in the 16th century.
  • Lynden Raber Castle Rodriguez - Currently on long-term work on the Magna Carta Project; Have been doing more work on improvement on these and my own family profiles.
  • Mary Richardson when I find time, I just pick up a profile that needs work.
  • Patt Roche - Making progress with biographies, while growing twigs, connecting with other branches, merging duplicates and adding sources, along the way
  • John Schmeeckle - I'm not formally a member of this project, but I am currently working on improving profiles from my family tree to be submitted to the "Profile of the Week" contest as models of clear writing and good use of sources. My goal is to submit one or two profiles per month.
  • Jillaine Smith - Working at the intersection of this project and the Puritan Great Migration project-- cleaning up profiles of early colonial New England settlers.
  • Weldon Smith - Working on my own newly-imported profiles (hundreds of them), checking evidence and standardizing style. Also collaborating on the connecting profiles, where my lineages meet the global tree, assisting with merging.
  • Sally Stovall - Working on any profiles cleaning the merging, bio cleanup, categorizing, along with Mentoring.
  • Shirley Dalton Working here, there, and everywhere. Working on Unknowns, Womack, Luttrell, Dills. In between trying to add more of my own Strutton line. Also check into profiles needing sources 2 or 3 times a week.
  • Laurie Cruthers - For now have switched from the Barron Family GEDCOM in England to working on unsourced profiles of the sarah roblin2.ged in Ontario, Canada.
  • Maryann Hurt - adding sources and formatting bios following current style guide.
  • Ashley Lloyd - I'm adding sources and formatting bios in my tree and also ones that I come across.
  • Dale Byers - I am working on the Dyer GEDCOM that was uploaded in 2010 and not touched after that.
  • Pat Credit - I am trying to clean up profiles made by GEDCOM from Ancestry starting with my watchlist, my ancestors, any orphaned profiles I notice.
  • Bea Wijma - Still working on sourcing and improving profiles (for the Dutch Roots and other projects) , trying to find names for the many Dutch and other Unknowns, cleaning up gedcom or merged ones, cleaning up and straightening out very long , many times merged ones for different projects and so on. Also adopting abandoned Gedcom ones for the project so these will get some attention soon as well, working on my own and the projects watchlist . So might take some time but we'll get there ! :P
  • Joanne Coombs - Tidying profiles on my watch list, adding estimated date templates where needed, cleaning up profiles as I adopt them and adding sources to unsourced profiles as I come across them.
  • J. Salsbery I haven't been real active lately, as I am working hard at writing a family history book. But I pop into Wikitree at least once or twice a day to see if anything needs my attention. I work quietly with several projects, making additions and improvements wherever I find the need, adopting, merging and improving profiles.
  • Chris Hoyt - Trying to source and clean up some early profiles b. ca 1600-1650, often PGM or their descendants in New England, mostly concentrating on MA, but sometimes neighboring states.
  • Star Kline
    • Adding the Unsourced category to Orphaned (and other) profiles as appropriate
    • Adding the specific region to Unsourced categories to encourage Sourcerers to work on those profiles
    • Adding sources to Unsourced Profiles as part of the Sourcerers project
    • Asking questions in the G2G forum to encourage others to look at and improve profiles
    • Adding project templates to appropriate profiles
    • Identifying duplicates and proposing merges
    • Merging profiles and cleaning up the merged biographies
    • Cleaning up the profiles in my own watch list
  • Terry Welshans
    • Cleaning up GEDCOM entries for PGM profiles
    • Created a category page for members of the Rev. Hull company
    • Adopting orphaned profiles and linking them in as I find them
  • Summer Orman - currently focusing on GEDCOM clean ups; sourcing as able; Particular focus is on Surnames Binkley, Shotwell, Stover, Mayo, Hudson, all of which I have name studies.
  • Debi McGee Hoag - Cleaning up my regrettably large GEDCOM import, all sourced in some manner thank the PTB. Comparing every name on every source to existing WikiTree profiles, adding sources where appropriate. Adding the Unsourced template and GEDCOM Cleanup Needed category as needed on any profile that is open or whose manager has not been active in 2016. Cleaning up easy GEDCOM imports. Initiating merges and cleaning up the resulting profiles.
  • Bob Keniston - Working mainly on pre-1850 profiles in Massachusetts, also
    • Doing Sourcerers Challenge
    • Doing Connectors Challenge
    • Doing Biography Builders
    • Working as a Data Doctor
  • David Loring Currently working on early Lorings 1600+
  • Steinbach-86 I am currently working on adding complete profiles with bios and sources for my family tree as well as adding sources to unsourced profiles I come across, and adding "unsourced" to appropriate profiles.
  • Sarah Rojas - I am going through my Wiki Genealogy Feed daily finding profiles that need some help and I'm also working on 'Callis' profiles.
  • John Bentley I'm working on many Bentley profiles as part of the Bentley Name Study.. Currently, I am trying to clean up the profiles of the first Bentleys in America.
  • David Peter - Started with my family list: Daniel W Allen improved!; 14 March 2017, profiles for Elizabeth Van Houten, Marshall Allen, Edward Augustus Allen, and George Henry Allen.
  • Emma McBeth
    • Database Errors project
    • Cleaning up all gedcom gook from my own watchlist
    • Adding unsourced category to any I come across in my work
    • Suggesting merges on duplicates and completing said merges when they go into default
    • Cleaning up gedcom gook on profiles I come across in my work
    • Adding the married last name to profiles I come across
    • Adding estimated birth or death dates based on Biography info when possible
    • Working on finding duplicates for the Davis Surname. Currently on 7000 of 36,000ish
    • Suggesting to PM how to correct surnames when gedcom uploads have made a mistake or when surname has multiple names and should only be one.
  • Kerry Larson - Working on sourcing and formatting for any profile in my ancestry, or any others needing help I come across.
  • Unsourced Profiles
    • Pick your home state or country, or a state or country where you have a lot of ancestors
  • Misnamed Categories
    • Learn how to use Categories by helping to remove profiles from misnamed categories and placing them where they belong.


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