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Welcome to the New Zealand Profile Improvement Team Page

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Team Members

Name Area/s of Expertise
Graeme New Zealandish :-) Data Doctor
MelanieBio writer, Connector, Data Doctor, Sourcerer

What We Do

Bio Builders

Biography Builders make profiles as complete as possible with well-written biographies and sources. They research as much as they can find on a person, writing the information onto the profiles to create as complete a life story for a person. They include categories and links to events and people connected to that profile and citing all those additions. If you are interested in BioBuilding you might want to look at the Biography Builders page, and the Profile Improvement Project.


Connectors - connect up loose profiles or branches to our global family WikiTree - our (you know someone is connected if their profile has the section at the bottom of their profile after Matches and Merges showing their connection to various people.
Connectors are also members of the Connectors Project. Unconnected profiles to work on can be found at Unconnected Profiles

Data Doctors

Data Doctors - improve profiles on WikiTree by correcting errors (suggestions) identified in the data.
Data Doctors should be members of the Data Doctors Project. They work on correcting the range of Data Errors on the New Zealand Suggestions List.


Sourcerers - find sources for profiles. The ideal is to provide a source for each fact on a profile, but even one source helps to orientate genealogists to the profile and confirms the person's existence. Family tree sources are not acceptable, and preferably contemporaneous sources such as baptisms, births, marriages, deaths, burials or wills are the preferred standard.
Sourcerers should have a Sourcerers badge, which is awarded by the Profile Improvement project for participation in the monthly Sourcerers Challenge, or have participated in a Source-a-Thon.
Unsourced profiles can be found at Unsourced Profiles and from the Unsourced profiles New Zealand

Team Challenges

The Project's Challenge Team, known as "the Kiwi Crew" also participates in regular site-wide "challenges known as a something "a-Thon" - namely the Source-a-Thon, the Connect-a-Thon, the Scan-a-Thon, and the Clean-a-Thon.
There may also be other challenge type events — such as the England Project versus Australia Project "Ashes" challenge — that involve our Crew, but these are not as regularly scheduled as are the a-Thon events.
Kiwi Crew Logo - 2020 (a stylised brown kiwi wearing a ship's captain's cap, and holding a magnifying glass).
Kiwi Crew Logo - 2021 (a stylised grey (shadow?) kiwi over a globe).
In order to participate, keep an eye on The_Kiwi_Crew tag on g2g and visit The Kiwi Crew for updates. (Participation in any of the a-Thon events is by pre-registration — but such registration is usually open for a month prior to each event, and is clearly announced on G2G.)

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I have no idea where best to post this, but it's time to pull out the big guns and start nominating EnZed "indigenous" folk for next week's EPOW supports.
posted by Melanie Paul
Could someone take the time to improve the profile for Possum Bourne please? At the moment several sources are down, and Wikipedia is a bit light on decent information to flesh out the bio.
Why is there no "born in" sticker? "Lived in" doesn't say what is wanted to be said.
posted by Melanie Paul
I agree, but when they introduced the stickers, there was quite a kerfuffle, and from recollection, in the end it was decided that where someone lived for most of their lives better represented that person's identity, and wasn't reflected in the data portion of the profile (which lists the place of birth).
Except - I want to highlight that someone was born in NZ, but did not live there. (They lived mostly in Australia.) It's the same as - my 1st cousin 3Xremoved was born in Scotland, lived in New South Wales and Victoria (and, maybe South Aus, I forget), emigrated to New Zealand, lived also in Tonga, died in NZ. I have marked his profile with a "born in Scotland" sticker, because I regard that as important. It would say nothing about his origins if I used a "lived in New Zealand" sticker (which I have not done).

I just think that "born in" stickers are useful.

posted by Melanie Paul
It's a pity that BDM (Historical records) do not provide a citation themselves on their own website (for copying and pasting) as many other organisations do, particularly since it is known that the information is primarily being used for genealogy purposes. That would of course establish accepted general practise, not just for WikiTree but other places. The BDM website has not been substantially updated for years.
"Births, Deaths & Marriages Online", {digital index}, New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs; (accessed Date here), Birth record; Reg No:-Here Mother:Here  ; Father: Here.

Just a suggestion, and change the end as Graeme suggested for marriages and deaths. I kind of like having the page as a link if others want to find it, even if they do have to enter the search data themselves, and think it looks tidy and similar to Margaret Dickson I have a Spreadsheet with Template quotes to assist in quickly adding sources and the sources help page bookmarked for fast find when required.

posted by Sarah (Edwards) Jenkins
edited by Sarah (Edwards) Jenkins
With regard to the standard citation request, I posted on G2G to see what the mood of the community was. I had wondered about adding some “citation suggestions” to the resources page. I think it would be to hard to standardise citations especially given that many NZ members do not belong to the NZ Project.
posted by Fiona McMichael
With regard to the Citations from NZ BDM

Ive been using something like this for a while. Added directly in the sources (not as an inline ref)

  • "Births, Deaths & Marriages Online", [digital index], New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs (
    • Birth Registration: X / Name: X / Parents: X
    • Marriage Registration:
    • Death Registration: X / Name: X / (Aged: or DOB:)

It requires a bit of manual copy / cut and re paste from an entry from the BDMs but it works :-)

I know it doesnt say when and who looked it up but that can seen in the changes log in most cases anyway.

posted by Graeme Olney
edited by Graeme Olney
When I first joined, I asked about the format for BDM and now used what I was given then, namely

New Zealand Births, Deaths & Marriages Online Birth or Marriage or Death, then the entry as on the website followed by the date as on the website. I have a WORD document I have open from which I cut and paste various references including that link.

I have added this source to any entry I look at that just has something like BDM or another similar source. And I don't say when I looked it up because I'm copying these sometimes just then but often from my tree where I already have them.

It has been requested that a format be set for the citations from the NZ BDM index
posted by Richard Shelley