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Australia, Project Guidelines - Unsourced and Sourced Profiles

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The purpose of this guideline page is to clarify the difference between sourced and unsourced profiles, as well as the addition and removal of the Unsourced template, according to WikiTree definitions and sourcing standards.


Unsourced Profiles

  • Profiles with no clear identification of where any information on the profile came from. No source citations, or no source citations that clearly identify the source.
  • See Sources FAQ for examples of source citations that don't meet the minimum specificity needed to identify a particular source.
  • Add the Unsourced template/categories. Two location parameters can be added, and other locations as a category, see example below.

Sourced Profiles

  • Profiles with at least one source citation that would be sufficiently specific to identify a particular source, see Sources FAQ for examples.
  • Profile should not have the Unsourced template or categories.

Removing the Unsourced Template/Categories

  • If one (more is good) valid source citation is added to the profile, the Unsourced template and all parameters and categories should be removed.
  • Adding additional sources to a profile that already has at least one valid source, does not get counted for the Source-A-Thon or Sourcerers Challenges, even if the Unsourced template has been incorrectly left on the profile.
  • See Sources FAQ, Source-A-Thon help, and What profiles count as Unsourced?
  • Source citations that would be considered sufficiently specific to identify a particular source, are not intended as examples of reliable sources or perfect source citations. However, they are sufficiently specific for removal of the Unsourced Research Note Box (or not adding it in the first place).

Hypothetical Example

  • Profile is born in Lancashire in 1820, married in Victoria in 1850, died in NSW in 1878.
  • No valid source citations, or just "Victorian and NSW BDM Records", not specific enough to identify the source.
  • Add {{Unsourced|Lancashire|Victoria}} and [[Category:Unsourced, New South Wales]]
  • A minimum source citation, eg. "Death, NSW BDM Index, Number XXXX / 1878", is added to the profile.
  • While not considered an ideal source, it is still a valid source, and the citation is considered sufficiently specific to identify the source.
  • The profile is now considered "sourced".
  • The Unsourced template, both parameters and category are removed from the profile.

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