This is part of the Beismer Name Study
Here you will find some instructions for various tasks in the study.
- Getting Started
-- If you have never participated in a one-name study before, PLEASE, read the information about one-name studies found here at WikiTree and watch as many of the videos there that you think may be helpful.
- Profile Cleanup
--There are already profiles on WikiTree that qualify for the Study and many have had the Study sticker added. When the sticker is added to a profile, the profile automatically appears in the Study's list of profiles.
--Each of those profiles need to be reviewed and edited, if necessary, to bring them to WikiTree standards. There are standards listed below. We can only do what we can do. Be sure to send a quick message to the profile manager telling them that you have edited their profile and added it to the Study. We might suggest that they participate, if interested.
- Data collection
-- an important task of any one-name study is to attempt an exhaustive collection of all occurrences of the surnames included, everywhere. A one-name study is always global.
-- In order to accomplish this task, we can begin with the genealogical search sites suggested by the study size survey: WikiTree, Ancestry, FamilySearch and Findagrave. We already know that sources at Ancestry and Findagrave are sometimes iffy, but they each can identify individuals who fit within the study; then, we just have to find more information for those individuals. Most of the WikiTree profiles have been identified and stickers attached to identify the profile as being included in this study. But, it can be a good preliminary task to do the WikiTree searches, in any case, especially if you have not done this work before, just to see what you find. You may find some profiles that were missed.
-- Once an individual with the surname has been identified, we want to create a profile for them here at WikiTree. Before doing that, we have to search WikiTree to be sure there is not already a profile for them. If there is, we want to add or correct any information, as needed. Be courteous and contact the profile manager to inform them that the profile is part of this Study. You might want to invite them to join the Study, as well. Be sure to add the project sticker to the Biography section. To see the text that creates the sticker, click on edit, cut and paste that text into the Biography section of the profile you're editing or creating. That profile will show the sticker and be placed in the Study's Category Page where the list of profiles included in the study is displayed.
- Profile standards
--We want to include, as much and as often as possible, certain basic information in each profile: full names, birth dates, birth locations, marriage dates, marriage locations, death dates, death locations. Above all, we want to include sources for each of those.
Ancestry family trees are NOT good sources. Most have no sources other than other family trees. However, they can be a beginning point in finding some of these facts. Make note of "facts" in those trees and try to find sources for them to add to profiles.
-- We want to include the Study sticker on the profiles we add or cleanup. It's advisable to copy the text of the sticker to a Word or Notepad file to be copied and pasted whenever you need to. Or, if you're good at memorizing it, that'll work. The sticker ensures that the profile will appear in the list of profiles in our Study.
--In addition to the basics, parentage, children, occupations, any interesting facts about the individual, an image, are all good additions to a profile. If parents and children are added and have the same surname, they can be added to the Study and a sticker added to their profiles.
--Categories and any appropriate stickers like military service are good to have in a profile. Categories can be for birth and death locations or for occupations.
-- more coming --