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Best Practices for creating a Geni Master Profile

This project describes the elements that go into a high quality Master Profile.
// From the Geni Wiki:

The Master Profile (MP) designation signifies the standard, most comprehensive and accurate profile for a given person. Other profiles for the same person are secondary and should eventually be merged into the Master Profile.

A Master Profile is easily identified by an orange MP badge after the person's name when viewing the profile and as a purple box around the person's picture when viewing the family tree.

Curators have the ability to designate profiles Master Profiles and can include a text box at the top of the profile with essential data about the person or a message from the Curator for that profile.

In order to protect the integrity of the profile's data and prevent incorrect merges, Curators may either lock individual fields of a Master Profile or lock the profile entirely.


Only a Curator can make a profile into a Master Profile, however, any Geni member can ask to have a profile made into a Master Profile. If you have a profile that meets these standards, paste a link to the profile in the Geni public discussion for curators: my profile is good enough to be a Master Profile!. A Curator will look over your profile and contact you if there are questions. Once everything is resolved, the Curator will post back in the discussion that the MP has been made.



Example: a Master Profile for a soldier of the American Revolutionary War

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