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Welcome to the Scotland Project's Tartan Trail!
Project Coordinator: Jacqueline Baxter
Now that you've made the decision to join the Scotland Project, we're going to work together on improving your basic skills in genealogy and on WikiTree, focused on Scotland profiles. If you haven't already requested to join the Scotland Project, you should follow the instructions on the Join Us in the Scotland Project page in G2G.
This program uses existing orphaned profiles associated with Scotland, which serves two purposes. It gives you the freedom you need to practice and make mistakes, and it helps improve the quality of profiles within the project's reach.
Level 1 of the Tartan Trail is a self-learning process. You will be supplied with lessons to help you through this level. On progression to Level 2, you will be assigned a Guide who will help you learn further skills needed to work within the Scotland Project. Our Guides are all former graduates of this process. They are experienced WikiTree members, and are here to help you on your journey. You'll be improving two profiles on each of the following levels.
This level will focus on the time period between 1800 and 1875.
Level 1 will start with basic skills:
- Using Sources for Genealogy Research: This page outlines why sources are important when researching your ancestors. The Scotland Project requires all profiles that are part of the project's reach meet or exceed WikiTree's standards for sourcing.
- Sources Help Page: This page outlines why sources are a required part of the WikiTree experience and shows you two ways to add sources to your ancestors profiles.
- What are examples of sources that provide uncertain information?: This page outlines what sources are considered derivative and are not used for profiles that are part of the Scotland Project. They can however, be helpful in finding true sources.
- Research Notes Help Page: This page outlines why a Research Notes section can be helpful, where to properly place the research notes section, and introduces Research Note Boxes (we'll look at these more closely, later).
- Biographies Help Page: This page outlines the required and optional headings for the biography portion of a profile.
- Scotland Geography 101: Scotland's Places is our main resource for location names. Members should become familiar with what's available on the site.
- Scotland History 101: History Timeline for Scotland. Members will be required to have a basic understanding of historical events.
You may find further information here:
- Introduction to Researching and Writing Profiles.
- Advanced Sourcing
- Advanced Biography and Editing Tips
- Advanced Biography Writing
- Introduction to Categories
- Categorization Glossary
This level will focus on the time period between 1700 and 1799.
Once you complete this section, you'll have finished the mandatory portion of the Tartan Trail. If you wish, you may continue by self-certifying for the pre-1700 badge. Once you've successfully completed the certification, you'll be assigned a new Guide.
Once you've completed Levels 1 and 2 on the Tartan Trail program, you will graduate and receive your Scotland Project membership badge.
- Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
- Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Bobbie Hall, Scotland Project WikiTree, and Doug McCallum. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
- Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
- Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)