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Trans-Canada Trail Level I

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Navigation: Trans-Canada Trail Team > Trans-Canada Orphan Trail - Level I

Now that you've received your Welcome email from the Trans-Canada Trail coordinator, you're ready to begin. The email you received contains links to WikiTree help pages that you'll want to keep available for easy reference. Level One focuses on post-Confederation profiles from 1868 to 1945, in the specific region you've decided to work in. The Welcome email also contains a link to this list of profiles: Level I Orphaned Profiles.

Please Note: Your Guide will adopt the profile you select on your behalf.

When your Guide has prepared the profile for you to work on, you'll be provided with a confirmation. This will also help ensure that you are in contact with your Guide.



When you receive approval to begin work on your selected profile, you should start by reviewing the help pages that were provided in your Welcome email.Here's a guide to what we expect, including a few example profiles, and tips for how to add biographies, formatting, and sources.

Next, you should review the profile itself as it exists, before you start to work on it.

  • Check the location name fields. Are they correct for the profile's time period? Are the location names spelled correctly? (Find geographic and historic help for post-Confederation)
  • Search for and confirm there are no duplicate profiles existing already. If you find there is a duplicate profile, work with your guide to ensure it is merged correctly.
  • If there are existing sources on the profile, confirm they match the profiled person. If they do not, they should be removed, with an explanation in the Explain Your Changes field.
  • If there are biographical events without existing sources on the profile you've selected, you should search for Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records that are freely available and accessible online. These should be added to the profile, using a full source citation.
  • Use a Research Notes section for any information that you are unable to confirm, find, or is disputed. This will allow others to perform further research later.
  • Write a narrative biography that provides a picture of the person's entire life, using the sources you've found.
  • Review your profile for completedness. A basic profile should include enough information to prevent improper merges, a basic biography narrative, and a research notes section if there is incomplete or unverifiable information.
  • Submit your completed profile to your Guide for review. They will check it and provide you with feedback. You should make any revisions they recommend before choosing your next profile to work on.
  • Once you've completed four (4) profiles from this time period, you'll move to the next level which covers pre-Confederation (1867 and earlier) for the region you selected.

Project Approved Resources for post-Confederation (post-1867)

Regional Resources

What we expect from Level 1


  • Biography: The best way to honour a person's memory is to write a few paragraphs about their life and family. A story is typically organized in chronological order, and so should a biography. Resist the urge to write in a time-line style, as it will be easier for others to build on what you've written when it is a narrative. We require our Travellers to follow the WikiTree guidelines for Biographies
  • Add sources.
  • Add as much detail as possible from the sources you've found.
  • Add a list of children with simple details and sources, if available.

Do not:

  • Acknowledgements are often found at the bottom of a profile page. We do not acknowledge uploaders of profiles. We do not retain a list of GEDCOM uploads or Merges. These can be tracked on the Changes tab.
  • We discourage the use of tables and other advanced code on profiles. While they can be a convenient way to display information, they often intimidate less experienced users.
  • We discourage the use of coloured or non-standard fonts.
  • We do not encourage background/wallpaper images, and please remember that these are a matter of taste. Backgrounds can also be very difficult for members with vision issues. Please be thoughtful about adding these and don't take it personally if someone removes the background image after you've completed your work on the profile.

  • Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Canada Project WikiTree and Brad Foley. (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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