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.
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 742 – Maggie
Project location: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project: European_Royals_and_Aristocrats_Prior_to_742
Template location: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Template:Euro_Prior_to_742
Project location: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project: British_Isles_ Royals_and_Aristocrats_742-1499
Template location: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Template:British_Isles_742-1499
European Royals and Aristocrats (excluding the British Isles) 742-1499 Martyn
Template location: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Template:Euro_Aristo_742-1499
British Isles Royals and Aristocrats 1500-Present – Lianne
Template location: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Template:British_Isles_1500-Present
European Royals and Aristocrats (excluding the British Isles) 1500-Present – John
Template location: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Template:Euro_Aristo_1500-Present
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: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:European_Nobility . 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: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:European_Aristocrats_Project . 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:
| 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: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/York-1169 ). If there is a profile with a succession box, please put the house and project badge above that. (See example here: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Normandie-45 ).
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.
Post by Darlene Athey Hill