House of Windsor

The European Aristocrats project is the largest and oldest project on WikiTree.  It encompasses and oversees more profiles than any other project, dealing with profiles that span two millennia.  These ‘historically significant ancestors’ (as some people call them) are shared by millions of us that trace our ancestry back to the ‘movers and shakers’ of medieval and earlier times.  It is a massive project to oversee.

With that in mind, we have decided to break down the project into five smaller sub-projects.  WikiTree members that would like to become part of any of the projects will still be considered a part of the ‘parent’ European Aristocrats project (aka EuroAristo) and receive that badge.  You can participate in any or all of the sub-projects.  And please understand that you don’t have to be a recognized member of the EuroAristo projects in order to contribute to the profiles.

Kathy Patterson and Darlene Athey Hillare the co-leaders of the top-level EuroAristo project.

This project has become the parent project and oversees all of the sub-projects.  Each sub-project has its own manager, though.  The new EuroAristo sub-projects, along with their managers, location, and project templates, are:

European Royals and Aristocrats Prior to 742Maggie

  • Project location: European_Royals_and_Aristocrats_Prior_to_742

  • Template location:

  • British Isles Royals and Aristocrats 742-1499Kathy & Darlene

    • Project location: British_Isles_ Royals_and_Aristocrats_742-1499

    • Template location:

  • European Royals and Aristocrats (excluding the British Isles) 742-1499 Martyn

  • British Isles Royals and Aristocrats 1500-PresentLianne

  • European Royals and Aristocrats (excluding the British Isles) 1500-PresentJohn

  • House of Capet

    We have been working on cleaning up some of the house and dynasty categories for these projects.  As part of that, we changed the names and restructured various categories.  We are hoping to keep it simple and easy to locate.

    Many profiles will need to be changed to reflect the new category.  An example is Neville.  Its category used to be ‘Neville’ but is now ‘House of Neville’.  We set up the category so that it appears alphabetically under ‘N’ as opposed to ‘H’.  Some of the categories just needed to be changed as far as capitalization, i.e. English Nobility as opposed to English nobility.

    We would ask people to look at the categories and, when making new ones, to follow the way others were done/capitalized/categorized.  And if in doubt, post a question to G2G with the tag ‘euroaristo’ or contact one of the managers listed above.  You will find the new categories under the category of European Nobility here: .  You would then click on the country and then will find the various houses and dynasties.  We have not set up all of the countries or all of the houses/dynasties.  Feel free to add them as needed, but please follow the naming standards when doing so.  If you need assistance, contact Darlene.

    As noted above, each new project has its own template.  We would very much like people to start adding these templates to the profiles they manage.  Both the project page and the template location provide information on how to do this.

    You also have the capability to put a ‘House’ badge on the profiles.  We have a space where images are stored to do this.  See here: .  You can use these to add to any profiles that are part of the houses shown.  Additionally, if there are other houses that could be included, you should upload the image to the above area & then use the name of the image (i.e. European Aristocrats Project-18.png is House of York) to create the badge.  You would type the following at the top of the profile:

    {{European Aristocrat

    | house = House of York

    | image = European Aristocrats Project-18.png


    substituting ‘House of York’ with whatever house/dynasty it is and substituting ‘18’ with the number of the image associated with that house.  (WikiTree automatically assigns a number to the image when you upload it to the space page noted above so you just need to look at the number that was assigned to the image you uploaded into that space and then put it on the profile.)

    It is possible, and desirable, to have both the House and Project badge on profiles.  We would like to keep it consistent, and therefore request that you first put the house badge and then the project badge.  (See example profile here: ).  If there is a profile with a succession box, please put the house and project badge above that.  (See example here: ).

    House of Hohenzollern

    Our goals and priorities continue to be:

    • Get the name in the LNAB (last name at birth) field correct. We have a large number of profiles that were created, and new ones that continue to be created, with the wrong information in the LNAB field. We need to have people identify these profiles and fix them when possible (if you are a profile manager or notice it on an orphaned profile, you can make these changes). When you locate profiles and are unable to fix the LNAB, bring them to the attention of a manager who can correct the LNAB field. These profiles include those that have a prefix or preposition, such as de, le, of, l’ as part of their LNAB (for example, le Bigod in LNAB field needs to be changed to Bigod, and then Current Last Name (CLN) field changed to le Bigod). There are A LOT of profiles needing this attention.

    • Merge duplicate profiles. Back when WikiTree started, all GEDCOMs were allowed to be uploaded, creating a huge number of duplicate profiles. Duplicate profiles continue to be created, and we constantly need to be on the lookout for duplicates. Once a merge is completed, DON’T STOP THERE. Go into the newly merged profile and clean up the Biography/text section, deleting duplicate information.

    • Have all profiles as well-sourced as possible and conforming to the WikiTree Style Standards.

    • Include correct parents, spouse(s), and children.

    • Have appropriate categories listed in all Biography areas.

    Some of the EuroAristo project members have ‘adopted’ certain houses, with the goal to locate and merge duplicate profiles and review profiles to make sure the proper parents and children are included.  Some of these members have gotten involved in other projects or taken a hiatus from the project since adopting the houses.  We would like to get all of our houses in tip top shape, and therefore would like to find more people that are interested in specific houses and have the time and skill necessary to help with the task.  We would request that everyone, both current and future EuroAristo project members, contact the project manager and notify them of your desire to oversee certain houses and/or dynasties.  You can go here and look at a list of House Assignments and Unassigned Houses.  If you are interested in managing one of the unassigned houses, and are willing to dedicate the time to: seek out & merge duplicate profiles; clean up biographies & add sources; review parents, spouses & children and add/delete as needed; add the project and house template – then contact Darlene to take on that house.  Additionally, there are many other houses that could be created.  If you trace your ancestry to one and want to set up a category, contact Darlene.

    If you would like to be a member of one (or more) of the new projects, send an email to the project manager and let them know of your interest and how you might like to help.

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    Joanne Rowling was born 31 July 1965 in Yate, England, to James Rowling, a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Volant, a science technician.  Her parents met on a train departing from King’s Cross Station in 1964.

    Joanne is best known for her writing of the ”Harry Potter” series under the pen name J.K. Rowling.  The books won worldwide attention, sold 400 million copies and won several awards.   They’ve become the best-selling series ever and were the basis for movies that became the highest-grossing film series in history.

    J.K came up with the idea for her Harry Potter novel whilst on a train ride from Manchester to London in 1990.  It took her seven years to complete ”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” during which time she suffered through her mother’s death, divorce from her husband and poverty.

    Her story is one of rags to riches. In five  years Joanne went from living on state benefits to being a multimillionaire.  In 2007, ”Forbes” ranked her as forty-eight most powerful celebrity.  In October 2010, leading magazine editors named her the “Most Influential Woman in Britain”.

    View her full profile.  Can you help connect her to our worldwide tree?

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    Today’s Pick comes from our Early Pennsylvania Settlers project - William Penn, who died on this day, July 30, in 1718.

    From William’s WikiTree profile: “William Penn was born October 14, 1644, the son of Admiral William and Margaret (Jasper) Vanderschuren Penn His father was an admiral and landowner who had been knighted by Charles II; his mother, Margaret Jasper Vanderschuren, was the daughter of a merchant.  William was the brother of Margaret, Mary and Richard Penn.

    Although born into a distinguished Anglican family and the son of Admiral Sir William Penn, Penn joined the Religious Society of Friends or Quakers at the age of 22. The Quakers obeyed their “inner light”, which they believed to come directly from God, refused to bow or take off their hats to any man, and refused to take up arms.

    William Penn, as a Quaker, was persecuted for his beliefs in England. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London for seven months during 1668-69 for pamphleteering.

    Penn wanted to establish a colony where people could live harmoniously:

    Consequently, on June 24, 1680, Penn asked King Charles II (1660-1685) for a charter for land in America. The only available tract in eastern North America lay west of New Jersey, north of Maryland, and south of New York, an area that England had conquered from the Dutch in 1664 and which the King had given to his brother James, the Duke of York. After appropriate discussions the King granted Penn’s request on March 4, 1681.[6]

    Penn founded Pennsylvania as a bastion of religious freedom. Pennsylvania was one of two colonies, along with Rhode Island, that tolerated Quakers .

    View the full profile of William Penn.   If you have an interest in the early settlers of Pennsylvania, check out the project!

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    Today’s Pick is Vincent van Gogh who is considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt, although he remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life.

    Image Credit: Wikipedia

    From his WikiTree profile: “Vincent van Gogh was born Vincent Willem van Gogh on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands, the son of Theodorus van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carbentus. Vincent’s father was an austere country preacher. His mother was a moody artist, the living prediction of his future temperament.

    Van Gogh was born exactly one year after his parents’ first son, also named Vincent, was stillborn. At a young age—his name and birthdate already etched on his dead brother’s headstone—van Gogh was melancholy.

    In 1880, at 27 years old, Van Gogh entered the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium. He had little success at first. He lived in Amsterdam during this time reportedly falling in love and having no success with that either. And then he painted The Potato Eaters.

    He was now fully devoting himself to painting: living frugally, studying color theory, and admiring the works of his contemporaries. His paintings just didn’t sell.

    One of Van Gogh’s dreams as an artist was to start a colony for artists in Arles in the south of France. Vincent moved to Arles where he was joined by Gauguin. While there, Van Gogh entered the most productive and creative period of his life painting his famous Sunflowers. However, it also was a time of great turmoil for Vincent beginning a period of hospital stays for mental illness and physical decline.

    In 1890, after just ten years of painting Vincent van Gogh took his own life. He never achieved success in his lifetime. He had painted over 900 paintings. Ironically, it wouldn’t take long for the art world to recognize the genius they lost. Within 20 years of his death he had become famous.”

    View the full, beautiful profile of Vincent Van Gogh.

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    Today’s WikiPick, Marie Curie,  is the winner of last week’s Connection Combat! Connection Combat is a weekly game run by the Global Family Reunion Project. Two profiles of notable people are announced on G2G and in the G+ Community, and when a connection is made to the Global Tree (via the AJ Jacobs cousin calculator), that profile wins!

    Image Credit: Wikipedia

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. In addition to being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win in two fields, she is the only person who has won the award in multiple sciences.

    Marie, nicknamed Manya, was the daughter of Vladislav Skłodowska, a Polish math and physics teacher, and his wife Bronislawa. She was the youngest of their five children. Marie’s mother died when she was about 11. Her siblings were Zosia (died when Marie was 8), Józef, sister Bronislawa (Bronya), and sister Hela (Helena). Zosia was Marie’s oldest sibling. Both Józef and Bronya, who married Dr. Diuski, became physicians.

    Marie was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.  She was known for her honesty and moderate lifestyle.   She gave much of the money from her first Nobel Prize away to family, students, associates and friends and she and Pierre often refused awards and medals.  Reportedly, Albert Einstein said that Marie Curie was probably the only person who could not be corrupted by fame.

    View the full profile of Marie Curie.

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