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Team Leader - Joan Whitaker


Welcome to the team page of the England BioBuilders

BioBuilders clean up biography and sources sections and develop interesting, well-written, sourced biographies for profiles using inline sourcing.

England project BioBuilders are Joan Whitaker (Team Leader)| Susie MacLeod | Michelle Wilkes | Lynden Raber Castle Rodriguez | Janet Wild |Wendy Sullivan | Patricia Hickin | Robert Walker |Valerie Crowley | Teresa Downey || Stephanie Meredith | Hilary Gadsby | Robert Stiles |Robin Anderson |Pam Kreutzer | Pat Reynolds |Pip Sheppard |Stephen Trueblood|Alan Fann |Chris Colwell| Mary Blundell | Michael Christmas |Sandy Edwards | Sally Douglas | Elaine Goodner |

How Can You Help

Any help you can give by writing biographies on your own profiles and on orphan profiles is appreciated. Biography writers also help by providing examples of good well written biographies.

As a BioBuilder for the England Project you might want to do more. There are some ideas below.


If you enjoy challenges, then join the monthly BioBuilders Challenge. Work on the English profiles.

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If you can never find the right links to make a connection, but are happy to make the profiles an write biographies, then being a Connecting Buddy could be for you. Visit the Connecting Buddy page for more information.

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Profiles can be found at Profiles that need biographies. Also Biographers may find profiles that would benefit from their attention at Data Doctor 800 Errors

How to Write a Biography

Biography building does not have to be hard if you follow a few simple rules.
Start on the important information, birth marriage and death. Make a short statements about each and add an inline source. eg. John Smith married Mary Jones in 1844 at Place, County. (Add an inline reference to the source)
Add any information found from the census. Insert this information either in date order or as a list underneath the biography. Don't forget to add sources.
You can then insert any other information you have, such as newspaper reports and historical information regarding events taking place at the time your ancestor lived.
Finally add any children, photographs and categories and anything else you consider to be important.
If you have any extra information that does not belong in the biography, then add a Research Note.
Looking at biographies written by other people can give you ideas on how to make yours better.

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On 10 Jul 2019 at 06:24 GMT Michael Christmas wrote:

I am happy to take it on if that’s ok?

On 10 Jul 2019 at 04:06 GMT Vivienne Caldwell wrote:

Hi BioBuilders, the profile of Jacob Acworth has been brought to my attention. He needs a complete bio re-write. Currently the text comprises his complete entry in ODNB, recent correspondence re Jacob including info from Ancestry trees and some sources. There should be enough reliable source material to build a good biography. Would BioBuilders take this on?

On 20 Jun 2019 at 05:15 GMT Sally (Rowe) Douglas wrote:

Hi, I'd like to join the England Biobuilders team, pleas. Having just finished the Orphan Trail, and really enjoyed weaving sources together to record the stories of people's lives, I think it is definitely the team for me!