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Creating WikiTree Profiles

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Creating WikiTree Profiles


A good WikiTree Biography will typically include the following sections:
[[Category:Acadians Project]]
{{First Peoples Canada Sticker|nation=Mi'kmaq}}
== Biography ==
=== Birth ===
=== Name ===
=== Marriage ===
=== Children ===
=== Life Events ===
=== Death ===
== Research Notes ==
== Sources ==
<references />
:See also:

Record Life Events

The Biography section is where we should record life events, especially birth, marriage, births of children, death. Ideally, a biography is very slim, containing only provable facts.

Quote Facts

It is appropriate to quote facts that are recorded in your sources.

Use Citations

The value of a biography is greatly enhanced by the presence of citations that support the claimed facts. The goal is to ensure that an independent researcher should be able to confirm the stated facts by examining the record cited, such as a church register or a gravestone.

Paraphrase Prose

It is not appropriate to quite long sections of prose from a source. You can quote a sentence or two, so long as you cite your source. However, quoting long passages is a disservice to the owners of the source your are quoting. Instead, paraphrase the content and cite the original source, giving a page number and even a footnote number.

Separate Truth from Rumour

The Research Notes is the right place to include unsourced information.
We often want to include an unsourced comment in the biography. It may be an opinion, a supposition, a speculation, in inference, or a sincere attempt at drawing a conclusion. We must resist the temptation, and instead use the Research Notes.

Include images

There are some useful images gathered together under Guillaume Capela's profile. We intend to locate and add copyright-free images related to our family, our geography, and events that shaped the lives of our ancestors.

Connect your profile to La Souche Caplan

You can add a reference to La Souche Caplan anywhere.
  • [[Space:La_Souche_Caplan | La Souche Caplan]]

Write in your own language

Write in French or English or in a native language, depending on your own ability to write in that language and on your expectation that anyone else can read it. In this project page and in many of the family's profiles, you will find languages intermixed. And certainly, when we are quoting sources, it is often best to present first the original and then your translation; somebody else may translate the words differently.

Eschew cultural appropriation

Cultural appropriation is something any settler must take into consideration when looking into their Indigenous ancestry.
Defining terms is important. "Cultural appropriation" is when a member of a dominant culture imitates, assumes, or otherwise inappropriately evinces an aspect of a non-dominant culture. Indigenous people face cultural appropriation on a regular basis, from the use of their image as mascots in sports teams, to Hallowe'en costumes like "sexy Pocahontas;" to people smudging with sage to spiritually cleanse their environment; and so forth. It is frequently argued that such actions are, in fact, a form of cultural appreciation. Adherents to that idea should ask themselves how they'd feel about a sports team calling themselves "The Caucasians" with a cartoonish white person drawn on their jerseys, or a condiment called "Uncle Honkey's Mayonnaise, guaranteed to have as little flavour as possible!" What may seem like harmless appreciation or humourous commentary to a member of the dominant culture is almost invariably hurtful and demeaning to the non-dominant culture. When in doubt as to whether or not something is culturally appropriative, it is best to ask a member of said culture.
A "settler" is essentially anyone living in the Western hemisphere who is not a member of an Indigenous nation, which begs the question, how is such membership defined? A popularly accepted notion is that membership in an Indigenous nation is defined by whom you accept, and more importantly, who accepts you. For example, let's say you discovered you had a previously unknown grandparent who was Mi'kmaw. You might wish to explore this aspect of your heritage. Announcing yourself as a member of the Mi'kmaq people would be cultural appropriation. They have not accepted you. On the other hand, if you approached said grandparent's people and they welcomed you as one of their own, you might then refer to yourself as a member of their particular Mi'kmaq nation. When in doubt, it is best to defer to the judgment of the Indigenous people in question.
Thankfully, cultural appropriation is easy to avoid in a genealogical setting. One can simply say something like, "I have some Indigenous ancestry, though I was raised and identify as white." One will often find that Indigenous people can be quite welcoming of settlers who are exploring their distant ancestry in a respectful fashion.
Thanks to Ben Finn for this contribution.

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