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Welcome to Canada Project's Trans-Canada Trail!

Project Coordinator: Peggy Watkins

Orphan Profiles Category

About the Trail

As a collaborative tree, WikiTree is first and foremost a team effort. We try to engage with each other as a community. Building a shared tree can be fun! But it can also take some coordination, and it can help if everyone uses common styles of writing, and standards of evidence. And that's why WikiTree has projects and teams.

The Trans-Canada Orphan Trail is an introduction to the Canada Project, and the different teams we have. It's a way to meet people, and figure out how your family and history falls into the bigger picture of Canadian history.

Goals of the Trail

The main goals of the trail are to get familiar with the Canada project standards and teams; and to learn the skills needed to work within the Canada Project and WikiTree as a whole. These skills are things like

  • writing narrative biographies, and adding informative citations, using wiki syntax and style
  • learning about Canadian history, and the naming conventions we use for different historical times and places
  • adding helpful categories and stickers (and maybe creating your own)
  • learning what free, primary resource, repository resources are available for Canada
  • figuring out what the different teams are within the Canada Project and related projects, and deciding if you'd like to join one

Level One

This level will provide help and experience with basic skills, as well as information about Canadian Geography and History. It will focus on the time period between 1867 to 1945.

We will be looking for narrative biographies, research notes, the ability to use sources and lists, and correct place names and dates. Here are a couple of level 1 examples, of different complexity:

If you want to learn more about how to edit profiles, write biographies, or use special formatting like lists, see Canada Project - Style Guide and Help!

Level Two

This level will focus on the time period prior to Confederation, or pre-1867. Upon graduation from this level, you'll receive your Canada Project badge and be able to work on any of the geographic teams. In addition to the tasks listed for Level I, this level will introduce more advanced techniques, including how to use stickers and how to use templates

Some example profiles for level 2 include

Level Three

This level will focus on specialty research covering various topics, within any time period. A representative Level 3 profile is Cecil Ralph Thompson (1903-1981).

Topics may include:

  • Migration
  • First Peoples of Canada
  • British Home Children
  • Quebecois
  • Notables

Graduation

Once you've completed the first two levels, you will receive your Trans-Canada Orphan Trail sticker and a badge showing membership in the Canada Project. Upon completion of level 3 you will become a member of the specialty team for your chosen specialty.

FAQ

WikiTree is hard. What resources are there to learn?

We've tried to gather different types of resources and guides into the Canada Project - Style Guide and Help!

Why do we use orphans?

This program uses poorly sourced existing orphaned profiles associated with Canada, which serves two purposes. It gives Travellers the freedom they need to practice and make mistakes, and it helps improve the quality of profiles within the project's scope.

An "orphaned" profile is just a profile that has no profile manager, that is, no one who is responsible for adding sources, or biographical data, or correcting mistakes. These might be profiles from a gedcom upload, by a person who is no longer a WikiTree member, for example.

Should I use the Sourcer extension?

The use of the WikiTree and WikiTree Sourcer browser extensions is optional. If the Sourcer extension is used, the member editing the profile needs to ensure the citation has the correct information. Information about these tools can be found here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Apps





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  • Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Brad Foley and Canada Project WikiTree. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
  • Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)


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"This program uses existing orphaned profiles associated with Canada, which serves two purposes. It gives Travellers the freedom they need to practice and make mistakes, and it helps improve the quality of profiles within the project's scope."

All the profiles I have created are orphaned (for personal reasons), and I have also worked on a number of orphaned Nova-Scotia profiles. Orphaned profiles aren't necessarily neglected ones or ones that nobody cares about, in fact some "managed" profiles are more abandoned than some orphaned ones. This comment suggests it's better to make mistakes on orphaned profiles. Hmm. Presumably because then there's nobody who will be annoyed? I know nothing negative was meant, but could that be reworded? Maybe "unsourced" or "under-sourced" or "abandoned" or something like that would be better.

posted by Kate Dunlay
edited by Kate Dunlay
Thanks for the feedback, Kate. I think the next paragraph explains further.

"An "orphaned" profile is just a profile that has no profile manager, that is, no one who is responsible for adding sources, or biographical data, or correcting mistakes." It is easier to learn and yes, make mistakes on "orphaned" profiles since there's no profile manager to collaborate or check in with. If you have specific ideas on re-wording let us know.

posted by Peggy Watkins
I was editing my post when you replied. Thanks for your quick response! I do think "no one who is responsible for adding sources, or biographical data, or correcting mistakes" is in this case a euphemism for "nobody who will be annoyed if a mistake is made or things aren't done their way". Maybe I am stating the obvious and should have just kept the thought to myself. I'd go with "unsourced" or "under-sourced" or "abandoned" though, rather than "orphaned".
posted by Kate Dunlay
I'm not sure what the question is, but there is a new mechanism for reserving profiles for editing that supersedes this old graphic. The documentation is here https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Hold_Requests

If you're asking questions because you're interested in participating in the Canada project, by all means sign up!

posted by Brad Foley
edited by Brad Foley