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Source Free-Space Guidelines

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Sources: Free-Space Guidelines

These guidelines represent what has already been done on a few thousand source free-space pages that are already available on WikiTree. In general, the format is the same in all pages. There is a hierarchy of these pages that starts here: Source Free-Space Pages. You should use your web browser to bookmark this page, and become familiar with the other source pages. Each source page you create should link back up to one of these other pages.

Before creating your first source free-space page, confirm that the page doesn't already exist. Please don't create duplicates. You can search, by title, for the source here: Free-Space Search. (You should probably bookmark that page too.) If duplicates are created, they will need to be merged. (This type of merge can be difficult, so ask if you are unfamiliar with this merge procedure.)

If you want to try your hand at creating a Source Free-Space page, and don't already have a source in mind, try looking here: Source To-Do List.

It is best to learn by looking at the edit tab for a Source Free-Space page that already exist, and then simply copying the format. However, here is a description:

Basic Format:

1. The first line should be:
[[Category: Sources by Name]]
This is used as a counter to count the number of Source Free-Space pages that have been created. See Category Counts, and look for "Sources by Name".
2. The second line should be one, or more, WikiTree Categories. Use one line for each category. Add additional lines for additional categories.
3. The next line should be a link, or links, to other source Free-Space pages. Examples:
Other: [[Space: Sources-Connecticut|Connecticut Sources]]
Other: [[Space: Sources-Connecticut|Connecticut Sources]] | [[Space: Sources-Family_Genealogies|Family Genealogies]]
4. To force the view of the table of contents, the following line should be:
5. The next lines contain information about the source:
== The Source Title ==
Source subtitle or source description
* Author, credentials, birth-death dates
* Publisher
* [[Special:Whatlinkshere/Space:Title|WikiTree Profiles that use this source]]
=== Available online at these locations: ===
* Google Books links
* Archive.org links
* HathiTrust.org links
=== Table of Contents ===
* Chapter 1
* Chapter 2
* Index
=== Errata ===
* This can represent an errata published within the book, or published in another book, or a list of found problems. Be specific. If possible, including links to other sources and WikiTree profiles. Don't add hearsay.
=== WikiTree Syntax ===
* Show WikiSyntax that can be simply cut-and-pasted into a WikiTree profile below the == Source == section. Also include an inline citation example. Enclose examples in <nowiki>example</no wiki> to make the WikiSyntax visible.
The above lines are self explanatory, except for the "Whatlinkshere" line. This line contains the word "Title", which must be replaced with the name of the file you are creating. When the user clicks on this link, they can see a list of all the WikiTree profiles that use this source.
The section called "WikiTree Syntax" can be whatever you recommend for the citation format. There are many different possibilities, and people may choose not to use your example, so use whatever format you like best. Whatever format you use, be sure to include a link back to your source free-space page:
Example: Author. ''[[Space:Title of My Source|Title of My Source]]'' (publisher)
This will allow people to link, from the WikiTree profile where the source is used, back to your source free-space page. (This also is used to support the "Whatlinkshere" feature.)
When using the source on a WikiTree profile also included a link directly to the specific page within the source. This is not always possible, because of copyright restrictions, but can be very helpful for sources that are freely available online. This level of detail is not usually explained in every source free-space page.
Example: [https://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofsa00deep/page/123/mode/1up Page 123].

Final Steps

Add Tags to your profile. Learn more about Tags here: Help: Tags
Add dates and locations to your free-space page. This has limited usefulness within WikiTree, but it can help others understand the scope of the source.
Once you have your Source Free-Space page just the way you want it, add it to one of the pages shown in this list: Space:Category-Source. This will allow others to find and use your source.

Editing Free-Space Pages Created by Others

All source free-space pages have an "Open" security setting, allowing anyone to edit the information. However, they all have a manager, Trusted List, and security setting, just like any other WikiTree profile. If you are interested in a page someone else created, request to be on the Trusted List.
When editing sources created by others, please keep your edits to a minimum. If you do make changes, please add a comment in the "Explain your changes:" field. If you are simply adding a link to your free-space page onto someone else's free-space page, just enter the title of your source in the comment field. This will allow people to quickly see all the changes (in the Changes tab) that have been made to the source-free space page. Without this comment, people would need to click on each individual change, one at a time.


Please use the above information as a starting point for creating your own source free-space pages, adding any additional information that you thinks others will find helpful. Please keep in mind that people may print this information, so it is important to add information beyond simple web links. Also, this information should also be useful to people that are not members of the WikiTree community. Anyone doing genealogical research should find the information useful.


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