England Project | England Orphaned Profiles Team | England Orphan Trail Part One | England Orphan Trail: Internal Links and Inline Citations
Internal links are a way of providing a dynamic link to another page within Wikitree. This can be a profile or a Free Space Page.
For example if you Click Here you will discover a well known Bard!
This is achieved quite easily with the following code.
- [[Shakespeare-1|Click Here]]
Instead of ‘Click Here’ you could have written ‘William Shakespeare’ or anything else.
So you could incorporate something like the following text into your profile:-
- Charles Edgar Wightman was born in Ipswich in 1878 to [[Wightman-5|Edgar Wightman]] and [[Wade-10|Sarah Ann (Wade) Wightman]].
When you save it, it would look like this
Charles Edgar Wightman was born in Ipswich in 1878 to Edgar Wightman and Sarah Ann (Wade) Wightman.
Links to Websites
You can add links to the body of any page or biography.The link can be anything that has a URL (The reference that you see at the top of any web page like https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/)
To make this into a link simply enclose in square brackets like this
- [https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/ Here is a link to The General Register Office]
Include a space after the URL and then text, which becomes the text Displayed :
This technique can be used in the body text or as part of a citation.
What are inline citations?
If you wish to show your evidence for a fact, it can look untidy if you put this evidence in the body of the text and it will disrupt the flow of the narrative.
An inline citation will:
- replace the [evidence for a fact] with a number like this  within the text and
- create a list of all the pieces of evidence you have used in a numbered order at the bottom of the biography under the Sources heading.
How does it work?
For inline citations to work, the following must always be at the bottom of the profile when you are in editing mode. If they are not present, you will have to enter them yourself.
- == Sources ==
- <references />
Here is an example of how to enter your inline citation when you are editing
Here is my biography information <ref>Here is my citation. </ref>
Anything between the ref tags will be numbered and dropped below the line.
If you click on the C cite your source! button at the top of the editing window, it will insert the ref tags for you like this wherever you left your cursor:
<ref>Insert reference here</ref>
The citation is usually put at the end of a sentence, but if you are have evidence for two different facts in the same sentence, the inline citation can be placed after its respective fact.
Here is fact one <ref>Here is my citation for this fact</ref> and here is fact two <ref>Here is my citation for this second fact</ref>
... comes out as (look below the Sources heading!)
Here is fact one  and here is fact two 
If you click on the citation number in the text, it takes you directly to the citation in the list at the bottom of the profile.
Try converting your bullet point citations to in-line citations. You will find it a satisfying experience once you understand it.
- Here is a a visual guide for creating inline citations
- Here are the citation templates
- For more detail see the Wikitree Help Section on Editing Tips
- Here is a more detailed explanation about inline citations.
- Here is a video tutorial courtesy of Julie Ricketts.
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