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Suggestions ~ To Err Is Human, To Correct It, Takes a Genealogist

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First, Some Very Helpful Tools

Important Definitions Everyone Needs to Know and Use

Citation - The ideal citation format on WikiTree is Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS), generally following Elizabeth Shown Mills Evidence Explained. But don't get hung up on this. The important thing is citing the source, not how it's done.

Fundamentally, a good source citation enables others to:
  1. judge the accuracy of the information found on the profile, and
  2. independently verify the information by finding the source themselves.

Primary Sources are Birth, Marriage and Death Documents and Census Records.

Source - Is important because You Signed the WikiTree Honor Code

Just an FYI, the following are not sources:

Ancestry.com - nothing else listed, just the website name
Personal knowledge of a person who passed away 150 years ago
Unsourced Family Tree from anywhere

Tools To Make One's Genealogical Life Easier

If one can get on the list to take the Profile Improvement Project Voyage, I highly recommend it. The PIP Voyage is for not only those new to genealogy but for seasoned genealogists also.

Here is an Extremely Useful Page of Tools, Apps and Extensions to make one's life easier!

Suggestions - How to Find Them

Every profile with a public family tree has a Suggestions Report. It shows one a list of suggested changes to profiles in the person's family line. Every genealogist makes errors of one kind or another, it is inevitable, so do not feel bad. Everyone should check their own Suggestion List (at least weekly) and make their own corrections, because nobody knows the profiles you manage better than you.

When logged-in to WikiTree you will see a set of navigation links in the upper-right quadrant of almost every page.

If you hover-over a menu item with your mouse/cursor, a set of links will appear below it. (If you're on an iPad or iPhone, you may need to click the menu item.)

These links enable you to go directly to important pages and tools.

While hovering over My WikiTree about three-quarters of the way down one will see Suggestions, click on that heading.

How to Find Your Suggestions.

After one clicks on Suggestions, a page like this will open up.

This is Your Suggestion List.

How does one Correct Suggestions? WikiTree has several Educational Videos. Before I list them, look at your Suggestion List. If a suggestion has a red rectangle with a white arrow in it, click it and it will take you directly to the video for that particular suggestion. Unfortunately, not every Suggestion has a video that is why I added links to Written Documentation. There you will find information from others who have had the same questions and links for G2G.

The following lists are: (1) General Topic Videos, (2) Numerical List of Videos and written documentation by Suggestion #

General Topics

Suggestions, What To Do With Them

Videos and Written Documentation

The list below is in numerical order. For a list of suggestions by type, with short descriptions, see this list on the Data Doctors project page.

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