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US Black Heritage Project PATH

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US Black Heritage Project


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Goals of the US Black Heritage Project PATH

  • To teach you how to navigate WikiTree and follow the standards of profile creation and improvement.
  • To teach you the standards of the US Black Heritage Project and the Heritage Exchange Program.

The PATH Process

  • Pathfinders (You) will be assigned a PATH Guide who will work one-on-one with you.
  • Using a checklist, the Guide will assess your WikiTree knowledge by looking at your existing family profiles.
  • Based on that work, they will make recommendations and may ask you to make improvements.
  • You will be asked to create and improve one new profile from a US Black Heritage list of notable profiles. The Guide will assess the completeness of this profile.
  • Once you have shown proficiency in all areas from the checklist, you will graduate from the PATH Track and receive a completion sticker.
  • You need to show proficiency in each track before moving on to the next one.

#a New Member Track

This track is required for all people who are new to WikiTree.

You will be asked to check your knowledge of the information given on the New Member How-To tutorial. Some of this information is covered in the Profile Improvement Track, but you will only be required to show your knowledge in those areas once.

Your Guide will check your existing family profiles for these basic skills:

  • Create a profile with date(s) and location(s)
  • Add a primary source
  • Link another profile on a profile. Example: [[Doe-124|John Doe]]
  • Adding categories and Stickers
  • Avoid creating duplicates, searching for existing profiles

#1 Profile Improvement Track

This track is required for all new US Black Heritage Project members

You will be asked to start with one of your watchlist profiles in need of improvement. Then you will be asked to create and improve one new profile for a person who is covered by the US Black Heritage Project.

Your Guide will check these profiles for these skills:

  • Setting status for locations, dates, and relationships
  • Write biographies with appropriate headings (narrative style or timeline)
  • Add sources for the facts, use inline citations.
  • Add at least one non-USBH category (cemetery, location, occupation, education)
  • Knows how to find and review the change logs and the knowledge of how to restore a change gone wrong.
  • Knows the rules for working with notable profiles (who manages notables, living family members of notables)
  • Understands copyright rules for images, documents, and Copying Text guidelines

And will help you:

  • Know how to collaborate with USBH Project members (GoogleGroups/Discord/G2G)
  • Be familiar with Project Resources and how to navigate them

#2 Heritage Exchange Track

This track is required for all members who wish to create and improve profiles for slave owners and enslaved ancestors.

You will be asked to create 3 sets of profiles/free space pages

  1. One slave owner profile with at least two linked enslaved ancestor profiles.
  2. A second slave owner profile with at least two linked enslaved ancestor profiles.
  3. One slave owner profile (or use one of the two created from #1 and #2) and a linked space page for his/her list of documents for unnamed slaves.

Your Guide will check these profiles for these skills:

  • Understanding of naming conventions for enslaved ancestors
  • How to create a slave owner profile
  • How to create an enslaved ancestor profile
  • How to link the slave owner/enslaved ancestor profiles together
  • How to properly name free space pages
  • Chooses appropriate Heritage Exchange Categories

FAQs

  • How long does it take to complete a PATH track?
    • We can only estimate at this point since the program is new, but a long time/regular user of WikiTree should easily be able to complete a track in one week. For new WikiTree members it may take 2-4 weeks.
  • Can I work on project profiles before I finish one of the PATH tracks?
    • Yes, as long as you are actively working toward completing one of the tracks.
  • Is there anything I can't work on before I finish one of the PATH tracks?
    • If you are new to WikiTree, we ask you not to work on notable profiles until you finish the New Member track.
    • If you are new to Heritage Exchange work, we ask you to have your PATH Guide oversee your work as you begin creating these profiles until you have completed the Heritage Exchange track.
  • If I have already completed the PIP Voyage, do I have to complete the Profile Improvement Track?
    • Yes, because you will be learning US Black Heritage Project standards. If you have completed the PIP Voyage, the Profile Improvement Track shouldn't take you very long to complete as it is a shorter program.




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I would love to help with this project. I am very inexperienced with Wiki, so I will need a guide!! Thanks for letting me be a part of!
Hi Jacqueline, I'll send you a message about how to get connected with the project. Emma
It looks like Kate send you a message yesterday about the project. Look in your email inbox or spam folder. Emma
I’m probably doing this backwards because I have already added profiles for the connecting challenge to my tree. How do I request a Guide and do I wait until the guide has been assigned before I start the Path? Mary
posted by Mary (Todd) Allen
Hi Mary, it's okay to add profiles before joining the PATH as you learn your way around WikiTree. The PATH program is part of the US Black Heritage Project. If you'd like to join the project, let me know and I'll send you information. We'd love to have you be a part! If you'd just like to learn more about sourcing and formatting profiles, we can help with that. Emma
Thank you! I would like to join the project.

Mary

posted by Mary (Todd) Allen
Can I be added to the project? More than anything I think I need help with correct categorization & formatting.
posted by Lauren Millerd
Lauren did you see Emma's reply to Marie below?

Please follow the link... https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1244495/the-black-heritage-project-could-really-use-more-volunteers

posted by Gene Ellison
Yup - I'm all set I think. I mostly work on biographies of notable Individuals or requests for biographies
posted by Lauren Millerd
Hi, I am somewhat new and would like to join the USBH project to learn more and contribute. Thank you!
posted by Marie (Mu) Md
Hi Marie, if you could come to this post and click the answer button, we can get you added to the project

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1244495/the-black-heritage-project-could-really-use-more-volunteers

I would like to start with this training. I'm fairly new active user on WikiTree and would like to contribute more to the USBH Project. Thanks!
posted by Amy Johnson
Hi Amy, I'll send you a private message to see how we can connect. Emma~~USBH Project
Hi, I would love to be included in this training. I am relatively new to WikiTree, started a few months ago. I see I have been added to the Black Heritage project, which I did request. Thanks! I have been learning by doing. I will need to look at the new member tutorial again. So perhaps the new member track and the #1 track at the moment. I hope you will put me on the list for these. Many thanks for your helpful service. Bev Enslow
posted by Beverly (Felty) Enslow
Hi Beverly,

You are currently on the waiting list for a PATH Guide. As soon as one comes available, they will reach out to you to begin your training. Thank you for your patience!

I would like to learn the path. I have done several profiles for this project.
posted by Deena (Smith) Cross
Hi Deena,

I have sent you a private message with details of joining the project and enrolling in the PATH.

I would like to learn the path. I'm working on a profile and would like to improve my skills.
posted by Michael Whitehead
Hi Michael,

I have sent you a private message with details on joining the project and enrolling in the PATH.

I would like to learn the path. I already have profiles and would like to improve my skills.
I would like to join and get started please
posted by April (Wood) Holdridge
Hi April, I apologize if this message got missed. If you'd like to join the project, please go to this page and click the answer button. We'll get you added to the project

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1244495/the-black-heritage-project-could-really-use-more-volunteers

I'm very excited, I can't wait to get started
posted by David Anthony Taylor