Profile Improvement Team

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Welcome To The Profiles Improvement Team

"We Improved And We Keep Improving." - Jim Yeamans [1]
If you are interested in helping out in the Profile Improvement Team and are not already a member of the Vatican City Project, please read the Vatican City Project Page to learn more about the project, what we do, and how you can join us!
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The goal of the Profile Improvement Team is to focus on profiles of people associated with the Vatican In order to present the best possible profiles.

Steps Towards Improved Profiles

There are steps or stages to improving Profiles. It is possible to do several in one go, but it is also possible to do a step at a time. Each step produces something better than before. If you are not comfortable with working on a particular step, collaborate with someone who enjoys that aspect.
  1. Rearrange the Bio into a logical order, remove the GEDCOM cruft after import, or tidy the sections after merging. Even manually entered profiles can benefit from some organization. This should be done by everyone who adds or merges profiles as a matter of course.
  2. Help implement the style guidelines for what makes a good narrative. For example, see Biographies and the Help:Examples gallery. See this G2G answer from our WikiTreer-in-Chief for an explanation as to why this is important.
  3. Check that all facts have one or more sources, preferably a verifiable primary source. Add sources according to the Sources_Style_Guide using the examples from the Sources FAQ. Profiles with only vague online and unsourced family trees should have the Unsourced template added.
  4. Add a ==Research Notes== section to identify and highlight disputed information and/or common mixups for a person.
  5. Layout a preliminary narrative and/or timeline of the person's life, getting the key facts in order will help later. The Biography Generator app and the spreadsheet to Wiki table app can help with that. New apps are developed all the time, so check to see if there are others to help.
  6. Search for copyright-free photographs, pictures, maps, or other visual items for addition to the profile following the aesthetics guidelines.
  7. Add categories and succession boxes if appropriate.
  8. Fill out the narrative with appropriate background stories and links to other related profiles and information like Wikipedia, online newspapers archives, or family websites
  9. Add, where possible, an estimated birth year to profiles with empty birth dates. Set the before, after, or uncertain status; the {{Estimated Date}} template is also recommended.
  10. Add, where possible, a potential country or continent of birth or death to profiles with all empty locations. Set the Uncertain status.
  11. Add maintenance categories for profiles that need help beyond the limits of your time or expertise.
  12. Where copyrighted work, or even public-domain text, has been pasted in a biography, cleanup efforts are appreciated. Best practice is to summarize the key points and LINK to the source where you can. Short quotes are okay. Quotes should always have quotation marks " " and a source.


  1. Yeamans, Jim. “Jim Yeamans Quotes.” QuoteHD. ( : 26 June 2021)

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