Jennifer, this looks good. I had just written a note to Dallan saying we need an Acadian project to organize the cleanup and set some guidelines. You and I are the only ones I've encountered, but I've worked enough cleanup to learn which gedcoms seem worth keeping and which should be purged.
I didn't realize you had a portal started. Do you have a plan? My strategy has evolved into keeping the things Karen has in text as it good data and get back to prettify the pages later. I'm more concerned with getting rid of the 10 alternate birth dates (all guesses) that are cluttering up the pages. And getting rid of the bogus sources like "email from Sally" or "xyz.ged". I'm doing this as I encounter duplicates in my gedcom merge or on my duplicate page.
For the project my ideas were:
My thought for the project is to organize our efforts and get one family at a time done well instead of trying to add bits and pieces from my gedcom. I'm testing a gedcom import that includes some of my Acadians and it's such a mess one can't really add intelligently to it. If there's just you and me, we can at least coordinate the work. Judy --Jlanoux 09:20, 19 April 2009 (EDT)
Judy, I have to say, I don't really have a plan. I tend to have a habit of jumping around from project to project (currently working on my Dutch lines). I did do a bit of merging and I transcribed all of the 1671 census text from this source. Beyond that, I don't feel that I have enough expertise with Acadian genealogy to take on anything too big. I would suggest, if you are interested, that you feel free to take the lead on this! I can help out in a variety of ways (add to/move this portal, create place pages, add more census text...) Perhaps you might want to use this portal as a jumping off point to organize things. We could add a project page in the Article namespace and link it back to here. Btw, I don't know of any other active user that is working on Acadian lines.--Jennifer (JBS66) 14:53, 20 April 2009 (EDT)
Unfortunately, I don't have much enthusiasm for the project either. I've been working the Acadians for 35 years and they both overwhelm me with the volume and depress me with the story. So I can only do them for a week at a time. As I was working on duplicates it seemed like there were a thousand researchers here, but it turned out to be only dumpers from 2007 once I investigated. You're the only other active person I see. So let's continue cleaning up as we can and try not to trip over each other. --Judy (jlanoux) 19:53, 20 April 2009 (EDT)
Unknown Person [22 April 2009]
A problem I run into when trying to merge and clean up is the case where a spouse's name is unknown. There will be pages with several variants plus several pages with names on them which were purely speculative. There is only one set of children so I think there should be only one family page. My inclination is to keep the "unknown" page and have a note to describe the various speculations about who the wife might be.
Right now I'm looking at the wife of Germain Doucet (2). Do you have any preferences?--Judy (jlanoux) 17:17, 21 April 2009 (EDT)
You are right, there should be only one correct page. In the case of Person:Germain Doucet (2), he would have 2 family pages, Family:Germain Doucet and Unknown (1) and Family:Germain Doucet and Unknown (2). Then, within each of those, you could (like you said), indicate the speculations. As for the Family:Germain Doucet and Unknown (2) page, you can claim this #2 index spot because the page has been deleted. Sometimes seeing the lowest index number just looks nice! If you want some help doing that just let me know.--Jennifer (JBS66) 07:16, 22 April 2009 (EDT)
Acadian cleanup [18 July 2009]
I just wanted to let you know that I'm bored enough to tackle cleaning up the duplicate list again and am working on the first generation Acadians. I have decided to move all of the undocumented speculation to the talk pages and to delete the parent families who again are totally speculative, while encouraging discussion on the talk pages. I am also having to clean up the source pages to make them recognizable. Then I'm linking the sources. It's slow going, but I figure one or two people a week and someday the site will look nicer.
If you have any objections or suggestions let me know. --Judy (jlanoux) 12:40, 18 July 2009 (EDT)