Surnames/tags: profiles biobuilders
It is easy to get in a groove creating profiles, tracing ancestries, adding sources, and making connections on WikiTree, and in that groove, forget to build a profile to its fullest. Many profiles on WikiTree, even from our best members, have sources but no substance-what do those sources tell us? What has your research revealed? Who was this person? That's what the biography section is for and this challenge is a personal growth challenge to encourage members to create biographies for the profiles they work on, not just find connections and sources.
Each month, we'll set a theme to the challenge, asking participants to create biographies for different people in their family tree or from certain projects and categories.
Those who participate can challenge themselves to do a little more on each profile by working through our checklist of what makes a profile "complete." We know no person will ever be completely researched, and so no profile will ever be completely done, but there are certain points in building a profile where you hit logical stopping points and can "call it" at least for awhile. Each time you do this, you can share that profile in that month's thread as an example for the community as well as have a chance to get thoughtful feedback on other things that might make nice additions.
Each time you hit a milestone in your participation you'll get a template for your profile to show others you've been making WikiTree a better place to share family history. The first template is placed when you've completed 10 profiles for Bio-Builder challenges. The numbers are cumulative, so it could be the first month you participate that you hit that mark, or it could be 5 months later. It's up to you.
- birth date/place
- names of parents
- marriage date/place and spouse name
- death date/place
- Written sentences stating the facts above, adding inline sources to each fact.
- Is the profile Genealogically Defined?
- As a general rule biographies should be in your own words. Paraphrase and rewrite, don't copy/paste.
- Baptism, burial, military, and other life events with inline sources.
- Something to "humanize" the person, such as career or avocation with sources.
- List of children with at least one pertinent fact.
- One of the suggestions was siblings. I think this takes up real estate.
- Explanatory remarks, if needed (i.e. Disputed persons sections, Research Notes, whatever needs extra explaining).
- Photos or pictures, background. Not a must, but nice (I own the copyright or are in the public domain).
- Connection to the Global Tree.
- All duplicates merged or initiated
- Links to persons and events, perhaps from Wikipedia.
- Historical context as related to the person's life.
- Sources, Sources, Sources.
Places you might look for information
Family Search; Find-a-grave; Gengophers.com; google search for the person and their spouse together; look for a genealogy on the family; check for a town or county history to see if the person is mentioned; from the profile ID drop down menu use "Research"; if you have subscriptions to pay sites check those; check for printed ancient town records in the place where the subject lived. Of course if they are related to you, you may have even better information, like birth, death, probate, land, bible records etc.
- People born in the 1800's (June 2016)
- People born in 1700's
- People born in 1600's
- People born in 1900's
- Alphabetical given/surnames
- School masters/mistresses/teachers
- The Great Depression era
- Families with 10+ children
- Various specific occupations
- Veterans from specific conflicts
- People who never married
- specific relatives, i.e. your third great grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
- specific categories
- specific G2G tags to make profiles for answers to questions
- Needs Bio category
- People with an unknown parent
- For month of February, people who have same last name as any president.
- For March - Women who've made a mark in history Feb/Mar 2017 Link to Question
- For month of May - Any mother Apr/May 2017 Mothers
- For month of June - Any father
- People with a Specific Occupation: Miner, Farmer, fisherman, welder, etc.
- People whose name is an occupation: Farmer, Fisher, etc
- Names that have a 'son': Johnson, Anderson, Myerson.
- Pick someone/s who was born in the same place as you (could be town, city, state/county, or country) and write their biography. Might be interesting to compare their life with yours, what has changed and what is the same?
- Colors; White, Brown, Black, Green(e), Gray/Grey, Gold etc.
- Profiles in certain projects
- Holiday Inspired themes
- People with multiple births in the family. Twins. Triplets,etc. First sets if triplets and above in a county or city.
- Maybe use this project to highlight the great work being done in some other WikiTree projects? I was thinking of:
- People who should be added to WikiTree's Roll of Honor
- People who are adopted, or who have adopted children (doesn't directly fit with the Adoption Angels, but we could still bring attention to that project)
- People who are in (or could be added to) an existing One Name Study
- Profiles that include DNA research
- People who have an interesting tombstone or story related to their death or burial (tie in with the Global Cemeteries project)
- People who are Notables, or who were named after a Notable
- People who emigrated from/immigrated to another country (not a project, but the Immigration category has a template that we could advertise, and we could document these stories)
- People born and/or died in a specific month
- Source-a-thon sourced profiles (Oct/Nov 2016)
- Grandparents Sept 2016
- Biography Builders June/July 2017: Fathers Jun 15, 2017.
- Biography Builders May/June 2017: People born in the 1700s May 15, 2017.
- Biography Builders April/May 2017: Mothers Apr 15, 2017.
- Biography Builders Mar/April 2017: Spring Cleaning Mar 15, 2017.
- Biography Builders Feb/Mar 2017: Celebrate March "Women's History Month" Feb 15, 2017.
- Biography Builders Jan/Feb 2017: Frozen February: Given names begin with "F" Jan 15, 2017.
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