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Germany Project Data Doctors Team

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Germany Project Data Doctors Team


What We Do: Fix Suggestions

Suggestions are basically inconsistencies between the WikiTree database (where you find the profiles of individuals) and WikiTree Plus, a separate database. We correct these inaccuracies to make the tree more readable, more accurate and more informative. This team works off a Suggestion List (link below) that includes German profiles that have one or more Suggestion attached to them.

The Suggestions include:

  • Errors - incorrect entries as the result of typos or imports of GEDCOM that need to be corrected; or
  • Hints - results of inconsistencies in linking to external databases, like Ancestry or others, caused by a typo, an incorrect link to the profile, or an issue that needs investigating; or
  • Warnings - produced by uncommon data due to a typo or unique information on profiles and must be reviewed.

EACH SUGGESTION HAS ITS OWN HELP PAGE ON WIKITREE and many suggestions have video tutorials to guide you. You should refer to those help pages, videos and the Data Doctors Project page for guidance in working on database errors.

How to Join

To join, post a comment below, or send an email to Jelena Eckstädt, and we'll get you signed up.

How to Participate

Follow These Best Practices

  1. Please work only on profiles in the timeframes you are comfortable with and qualified for (i.e., you are certified for pre-1700 or have a pre-1500 badge).
  2. If you have questions, ask first before fixing. If you don't understand a suggestion, skip it. There are plenty of suggestions to work on at every level.
  3. If you've never done data doctoring before, start with the the easier ones. The "Easy" difficulty rating is defined as very basic format issues caused by typos, punctuation omissions, name or date errors (i.e.: brackets, typos, headings). See Easy Suggestions for a list of these types of errors.
  4. Although private/public profiles do appear on the Suggestion List, you cannot edit them, so skip those.

Decide What You Want To Work On

The Suggestions List is separated into the following sections:
  • Suggestions
  • Unique Names
  • WikiData
  • FindAGrave
  • Profile Completeness
Suggestions (aka errors) are this Team's focus. Suggestions are separated into the following sub-sections (click the links below to see an explanation of each type of error, its difficulty rating and help page links):
PLEASE DO NOT FIX THE FOLLOWING, even though they are on the Suggestions List:
  • Category Suggestions (project leaders and/or the Categorization project takes care of these)
  • DNA Suggestions (the DNA project works on these)

Fix Suggestions

  1. Click on the link to the Suggestions List below and the table will open (you may want to open in in a new tab or window).
  2. In the Suggestions table, click on the link (number) that corresponds to the DBE/year range you want to work on, or simply click on the link (number) in the "Open" column to give you a list of ALL open profiles with that particular error.
  3. A new page will open, at the top the page will read: Warnings in WikiTree: Error [#] [error name] [green "?" icon: links to Help page for that error] [red "play" icon: click to watch video, if available] (Difficulty: Easy, Intermediate or Advanced)
  4. In the first column, click on the link to the profile you want to fix.
  5. The profile page opens in an new tab... fix errors.
  6. MAKE SURE TO EXPLAIN YOUR CHANGES before saving. For example add "Corrected DBE 721 - removed separators in first name" in the "Explain your changes" field.
  7. Hit Save.
  8. Go back to the previous "Warning" page and select another profile to improve.



The Team

Help Pages

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Created: Thiessen-117: 12 Mar 2021
Last updated by Traci Thiessen: 19 Apr 2022

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