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Sweden Project - Profile Improvement

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Sweden Project relies on the project members to contribute with corrections and improvements in order to make the Swedish profiles look their best. If we could all help out, even a little bit, once in a while, it would help improve WikiTree.

Listed below are some ways you can help improving Swedish profiles. You can also add categories as well as some of the templates and stickers available for Swedish profiles.

Sweden Project has also set up some "profile standards" especially for Swedish profiles to help explain the different parts of a profile and to be a tool for you when making a Swedish profile look its best. Please check out the page for Sweden Project - Swedish Profile Standards.

If you have a question about the topics below, not answered by the text, please ask in the WikiTree Nordic Google Group or in G2G.


Adding profiles

Of course, you could be working on adding your own Swedish family ancestors, but if you should have some extra time there are other Swedish profiles that could use some help in order to be connected to "the big Wiki Tree". Check out the links below;

Before adding profiles, you might want to check out the page about how/what to enter in the Name and Location Fields of Swedish profiles.

Cleaning up "Gedcom Junk"

A "gedcom" is a file format that contains family tree info that can be uploaded or imported to another place or device. When such a file is imported/uploaded to WikiTree a lot of "junk text" might be added as well.

Please read the help page Help: GEDCOM-Created_Biographies in order to understand what is considered "junk" and can be removed.

There is no easy way to locate any "gedcom junk" on your own profiles, unfortunately. Profiles in need of a clean-up can be found in Category: Sweden, Needs Gedcom Cleanup.


You can help by sourcing the Swedish profiles that are currently unsourced.

First you might want to check out this section about sourcing. In addition to that, these help pages hold valuable information; Help:Sources and Help:Sources_FAQ. If you intend to work on Swedish profiles pre-1700 please check Space:Sweden_Project_Reliable_Sources before you do.

Do you have any unsourced profiles in your own tree?

If you want to check if any of the profiles you are the manager of has the unsourced template on them, use the menu “My WikiTree”, choose “Watchlist” from the dropdown menu and then click the box/button that is labelled “Unsourced” (below the thin orange line). You will find the “My WikiTree”-menu at the top of the page, just a bit right of the middle.

If you like to help improve and source other profiles than your own, these are some categories that holds unsourced profiles:

If you are ready for a real challenge, check out Category: Sweden, Unknown Location and see if you can help out.

If you enjoy this kind of work, you should consider joining the Nordic Project Sourcerers Team.

Writing biographies

First, please check the help page Help: Biographies to learn more about the text sections used on WikiTree, styles and standards and other useful info.

Then perhaps start with your own profiles, can you add more than the bare facts? Do you know if they played an instrument or have you perhaps found something else of interest about them?

An example could be to add the witnesses of a child's christening to a profile, they are often relatives and perhaps already have a profile on WikiTree that can be linked to in the bio.

If you like writing biographies, you might want to help with other profiles than your own?

Check the categories for profiles managed by Sweden Project that needs their biography written (or improved) Category: Sweden Project Needs Biography.

There is also a category for other Swedish profiles (not managed by the project) that are in need of a biography, check out Category:Sweden, Needs Biography. Remember to cooperate with a profile manager if you intend to do a major overhaul of any text already existing on the profile, see also Help: Communication_Before_Editing.

Useful tools

  • The BioCheck app The BioCheck app looks for unsourced profiles but also recognizes style issues on profiles.

See also the help page Space: BioCheckHelp

  • Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Maggie Andersson and Sweden Project WikiTree. (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.)


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