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Pioneer Trail Program Instructions

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Introduction

The "Pioneer Trails" program [1] involves a participating member (known as a "TrailBlazer") in establishing the accuracy and quality of each profile in the "Pioneer Trail" [2] in particular, concentrating on each parent-child relationship in the trail. This is done by "proving" (reliably sourcing) the direct lineal parent-child relationships from descendant to pioneer ancestor. Once each relationship has been "proved" and each profile in the trail has been project reviewed for proper sourcing and documentation the profile is then eligible to receive project approval and recognition not only for it's accuracy but as a way of saying "Thank You" for each participant's outstanding efforts.

Pioneer Trail Program Instructions

The Three Point Development and Review Process

Development
There are two main steps in the process of completing a "Pioneer Trail" The first is development and the second is the review and approval process. The Development process is where the member creates, or makes improvements to the existing profiles in the "Pioneer Trail" for the purpose of meeting the program standards as outlined in the three points development and review process. These three points will serve as guidance for making improvements or corrections to the profiles in the "Pioneer Trail".
The following guidance points define the standards to be followed when "proving" and making corrections to a "Pioneer Trail". When these standards have been met for each profile in the trail, the complete "Pioneer Trail" will then be project reviewed and approved
  1. The parent-child relationships are to be be reliably established by the sources cited;
  2. The biography should be well-written, concise and meet the project's standards for quality and style and,
  3. The facts presented should be accurate, consistent and free of conflicting information
Review and Approval
After the profile has been brought up to the standards presented in the three point development process the member ("TrailBlazer") [3] submits the completed trail to the project for review and approval. The review and approval process is conducted to determine if each profile in the "Pioneer Trail" meets program standards for accuracy and quality, Deficiencies, if any, will be identified by the reviewer and corrected by the submitting member. When the profiles in the trail have been determined to meet the program standards the trail will receive project approval.
The three point guidance standards listed below will be used to determine compliance with project standards.
The following guidance points define the standards to be followed when "reviewing" a "Pioneer Trail". When these standards have been met for each profile in the trail, the "Pioneer Trail" will then be project approved
  1. The parent-child relationships have been determined to be reliably established by the sources cited;
  2. The biography is well-written, concise and meets the project's standards for quality and style and,
  3. The facts presented are believed to be accurate, consistent and free of conflicting information

The Three Point Check List

I. Development Check List
  1. Has each parent-child relationship been confidently established by the sources cited for each profile in the trail ?
  2. Are there any facts not supported by sources or documentation ?
  3. Do existing sources support the given facts.
  4. Were the existing sources able to be verified ?
  5. Are the sources cited for the correct person ? It is sometimes easy to misnatch a source for a similarly named individual.
  6. Are the sources cited reliable and accurate ? Primary sources should be cited whenever possible. If primary sources are not available, secondary sources that reference original sources should be cited. Tertiary sources such as books that do not cite original sources can be used in support of specific facts if the information agrees with more reliable sources, the information is reasonable, is contemporaneous or no other sources are available.
  7. Is the biography clear and concise. Is is easy to read and understandable ?
  8. Is the biography and data fields free of conflicting information ?
  9. Does the profile meet WikiTree style and standards ?
II. Review Check List
  1. Has each parent-child relationship been confidently established by the sources cited for each profile in the trail ?
  2. Are there any facts not supported by sources or documentation ?
  3. Do existing sources support the given facts.
  4. Were the existing sources able to be verified ?
  5. Are the sources cited for the correct person ? It is sometimes easy to misnatch a source for a similarly named individual.
  6. Are the sources cited reliable and accurate ? Primary sources should be cited whenever possible. If primary sources are not available, secondary sources that reference original sources should be cited. Tertiary sources such as books that do not cite original sources can be used in support of specific facts if the information agrees with more reliable sources, the information is reasonable, is contemporaneous or no other sources are available.
  7. Is the biography clear and concise. Is is easy to read and understandable ?
  8. Is the biography and data fields free of conflicting information ?
  9. Does the profile meet WikiTree style and standards ?
Note: The reviewer does not have to wait until all profiles have been completed to begin the review process. Profiles may also be reviewed and approved one at a time upon submission for review. A final approval would be given to the entire trail once all profiles have been reviewed and approved.
Note: Refer to the Southern Pioneer's "Pioneer Trail Tracking Log for additional information.
III. Approval Check List
Once the review has been completed and corrections (if any) have been made, the profiles in the "Pioneer Trail" are ready to be approved by the reviewer. Note: The reviewer does not have to wait until all profiles have been completed to begin the review process. Profiles may also be reviewed and approved one at a time upon submission for review. A final approval would be given to the entire trail once all profiles have been reviewed and approved.
  1. Add review completion notification to each profile that has been successfully reviewed
  2. Add your (Reviewer) name, date and time (Four tildes) to certify review and confirm approval.
  3. Ask member to add "Pioneer Trail" sticker their WikiTree profile in the space indicated
  4. Add "Approved Pioneer Trail" wording to the lineage section, replacing the words, :Proposed Pioneer Trail" with "Approved Pioneer Trail"
  5. Send congratulatory message to Member ("TrailBlazer"), and indicate that their "Pioneer Trail" has been reviewed and has received project approval.

Monitoring Progress

The program utilizes a tracking log to monitor submission and progress of each "Pioneer Trail" The log is a useful management and status review tool available for review by all participating members.
Refer to the Southern Pioneer's "Pioneer Trail Tracking Log for additional infornation.

Project Approval

Follow the instructions in the Three Point Checklist section titled III. Approval Check List

Sources

  1. The "Pioneer Trails" program is an initiative of the Southern Pioneer's Project that was developed to encourage members to produce accurate lineages between the member and their "Pioneer Ancestors"
  2. "Pioneer Trail" is the name given to the direct relationship line that begins with the "Pioneer Ancestor" and terminates with a direct descendant, usually the participating project member. The trail will generally be 7-8 generations in length
  3. A "TrailBlazer" is a participating Southern Pioneer's project member who is actively working the profiles in their "Pioneer Trail"




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