Wales Bio Builders Team

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Wales Project | Profile Improvement Teams | Wales Bio Builders Team

This page supports the activities of the Bio Builders Team as part of the Profile Improvement Teams group of the Wales Project.

Team Leader: TBC

Team Members: Corinne Morris Jerry Owens - Scott Michal -



Bio Builders improve the biography and sources sections of profiles with interesting and well-written biographies. Easily found sources can be used. Consider referring further sourcing to the Sourcerers Team.

Membership Requirements

Team members must make a least one contribution every six months towards the teams goals, communicate regularly with your Team Leader and respond to the six-month check-ins.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Wales Bio Builders Team, answer our G2G welcome post to join the Wales project.

Where to Begin

Start at “Home” – A good place to start is your own profile to make it an example of the best.

Wales Profiles That Need Biographies – Wales profiles that need a biography are found at this link Wales Project Needs Bio

Wales Profile Biographies That Need Improving – Wales profiles with biographies that need improving can be seen at this link - Data Doctors Suggestion List for Wales. Scan down to the heading “Biography,” series 801 - 835. (851 and 853 are the primary responsibility of the GEDCOM Team. This report is updated weekly.

BioBuilders Challenge - This is a monthly challenge to work on particular topics within profiles. You may choose to work only on Wales profiles.

How to Write a Biography

You should become familiar with the style guidelines for biographies – Help:Biographies.

Biography building does not have to be hard if you follow a few simple rules:

Start on the important information, birth marriage and death. Make a short statements about each and add an inline source. e.g. John Smith married Mary Jones in 1844 at Place, County. (Add an inline reference to the source)
Add any children with sources.
Add any information found from the census. Insert this information either in date order or as a list underneath the biography with their sources.
You can then insert any other information you have, such as newspaper reports and historical information regarding events taking place at the time your ancestor lived along with their sources.
Add photographs, location maps and categories and anything else you consider to be important with sources.
If you have any extra information that does not belong in the biography, then add a Research Note.

Looking at biographies written by other people can provide ideas on how to make improvements.

Source Formatting

This page gives information needed to properly format sources – Help: Sources. Don’t forget to include this coding at the bottom of the profile:

== Sources ==
<references />

Genealogically Defined

An excellent biography meets certain criteria as outlined in Genealogically Defined page.

Stuck on a Biography

If you need help resolving a problem, please post the details as a Comment on this page. Other Bio Builders that see the comment may be able to help.

Communication With Team Members

Members of the teams in the Profile Improvement Teams (PIT) group have two methods to communicate:

  • When you wish to communicate with members of your team, use the Comments section at the bottom of the team page.
  • Communication with members of all teams in PIT, use the WikiTree’s Wales Project Google Group to make a post and select the tag “Profile-Improvements” found at the bottom of the page.

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  • Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Steve Bartlett and Wales 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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Hello Bio Builders Team.

Let me know if any of you need help with working towards the team’s goals.

Does anyone have suggestions for improvement to the goals and procedures on the team page?

If you have had the opportunity to work on the team goals, please share your experiences in this Comments section.

posted by Stuart Awbrey
Revised paragraph "Wales Profile Biographies That Need Improving" to be more specific regarding Suggestions to be worked on. Added Status Report Chart.
posted by Stuart Awbrey