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Scotland - Tartan Trail Level 3

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This is the final stage of the Tartan Trail, and this level will go a little deeper and develop our members skills to a higher standard. You'll expand existing orphaned profiles with quality source material, learn a bit about Scottish nobility and gentry, geography, citing secondary sources well, and understand the importance of copyright on Images used on project profiles.

When you have been cleared to begin work on your selected profile, you should start by reviewing the help pages for this level. Then, you should review the profile as it exists now, before you start working on it.

You'll need to thoroughly review the following before you start this level:

Although you'll see these pages when you pre-certify, please re-read them:

And please focus on these sections:

Project Approved Resources for 1500 to 1699

Note: Most Church Records are not accessible for free, online. See: Church Records for more information.

Become familiar with Scottish Maps and Place resources:

Additional Resources

Profile checklist

  • Review the location name fields. Are they spelled correctly? Do they match the time period for the profile? See Geography 101 and Scottish History 101 links for help.
  • Search for and confirm sources for birth, marriage and death. Once you're certain you've got the correct source, add it to the profile, using a full source citation.
  • Check carefully for duplicate profiles. Search for any missing, unattached children and parents.
  • Use a Research Notes section for any information that you are unable to confirm, find, or is disputed. This will allow others to perform futher research later.
  • Review your profile for completeness. A basic profile should include enough information to prevent incorrect merging, a basic biography narrative, and a Research Notes section for any incomplete or unverified information on the profile. A more fully-developed profile will go beyond this measure and include historical and family background, a list of their offspring, information on politics, religion or occupation. It may include any topics that would apply to the person profiled, and give us a wider view of their life and times. Consider working in major events that happened during his/her lifetime that might have had an impact.
  • Can you locate any interesting images that would be appropriate for the profile? Be sure to use only non-copyrighted images, and provide the needed attributes.
  • When you think you've completed your work on the profile, check the Suggestions for it using the pull-down menu at the top of the profile that is headed by the profile ID (ex: MacIntyre-123). Solve any issues listed.
  • Submit your profile to your Guide, for review. They will provide you with feedback and you should make any further edits they recommend before choosing your next profile to work on.
  • After completing two profiles from this time period, you'll be eligible to graduate, earn the exclusive Tartan Trail sticker and be prepared to help another hiker along the same challenging trail.

Congratulations from all of us on the Scotland Team. Thank you for spending so much valuable time enhancing our profiles and learning to create quality profiles for our shared Scottish ancestors. We hope this has been a useful and rewarding experience, and we welcome positive feedback from our Hikers on the Tartan Trail.

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  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Bobbie Hall, Scotland Project WikiTree, and Doug McCallum. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
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