Quakers Project Guidance for Working on Profiles

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This page sets out guidance for Quakers Project members when working on profiles.


Before Working on Existing Profiles

  • If you are planning to do substantial work on an existing profile - as opposed to fairly minor editing - post a comment to the profile so that profile managers and visitors to the profile know that it’s being developed. Wording might be something like "[Your name|WikiTree ID] proposes to review and edit this profile on behalf of the Quakers Project."
  • Read the profile’s biography, posted comments, and any G2G discussions connected to the profile.
  • Search for any duplicate profiles, and propose merges if you find them.

When to suggest a Profile be managed or protected by the Project

  • The Quakers Project is willing to act as manager of
    • Quaker profiles that are orphaned and pre-1800
    • Profiles of notable Quakers
  • Where there is a history of controversial family relationships and the profile is either over 200 years old or notable, Project protection should be suggested.
  • If you want to suggest Project management or Project protection, please message Todd Stanton and Michael Cayley or post in the Project Google Group.

Working on Profiles

  • Follow general WikiTree guidance on styles, standards and sourcing.
  • If it is not already there, add the {{Quakers Sticker}} below the ==Biography== heading on Quaker profiles you manage and on those of Quaker notables to show they were members of the Religious Society of Friends.
  • Use primary sources, or transcripts of primary sources, wherever possible, especially for key events like birth, marriage and death, and for children.
  • Aim to give inline citations for everything in the bio section.
  • Give citations separately for each child, even if they are the same for all the children.
  • Include in-bio links to profiles of parents, spouses and children where they exist.
  • Be careful about Quaker dating. Quaker dates before 1752 are often misinterpreted in transcripts on the main websites like FamilySearch and Ancestry. There is some information about Quaker dating at Quaker Notes.
  • Replace all but very brief text copied and pasted from elsewhere with information given in your own words.


  • There are three main specifically Quaker types of category we add to Quaker profiles:
  • The Project leadership team will be happy to help if new categories are needed for Monthly Meetings or burial grounds.


  • Check that any images are sourced and that it is permissible to use them, and that they relate to the person whose profile it is. Do not assume that because an image is on the web, it is legitimate for WikiTree to use it. If an image is in the public domain, this should be clearly stated when uploading it. For other images, explain when uploading them why it is permissible to use them on WikiTree, and give proper accreditation.
  • Portraits on FindAGrave and family trees on the web are frequently unsourced and uncredited and are not always of the person they claim to be of. Seek a more authoritative source for images.
  • Websites of galleries and other organisations may have restrictions on the use of images. Information about some galleries etc which permit the use of images can be found at Galleries and Collections which have given permission for use of images. The page also gives guidance on accreditation wording.
  • If an image is on a profile and you think it may not be legitimate to use it, post a comment on the profile and give profile managers and others time to respond.
  • Background images, if used, should be unobtrusive. See this G2G discussion.
  • There is further guidance on images on the Photos FAQ page.

After Finishing Work on a Profile

  • Do a final check to make sure the bio reads well.
  • If you have done substantial work on an existing profile, post a reply to the comment you posted before starting, to say that you have now finished the main work you intend. You may want to invite others to correct any typos etc.


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