I am interested in starting a Beyond the 5th Generation site/category. May I?

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in The Tree House by Ellen Newton G2G Crew (410 points)

Or is it referring to Mayflower Descendants to the Fifth Generation, and you want a category for people past that? It seems there is a category for that: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Mayflower_Descendants_On_WikiTree

Never mind, that's only to be used for living descendants.

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If you want to create a free-space page, that is easy and there is a lot of latitude.  Note sure what you mean by a site.  Categories are more complicated.
by Anonymous Kelts G2G6 Pilot (513k points)
selected by Ellen Newton
I am unclear about the Free-Space Site.

I would like to prevent folks from adding their line unless they can confirm their line has been approved.

The lines that I would add would be only approved lines and I would link siblings whenever possible, to help people recognize their ancestor as a descendant of a Pilgrim.

Currently, a colleague and I are working on Hancock County families that have Mayflower lines that are proven.

But, by adding siblings, we have proven family members in many other counties in Maine.
Good morning, Ellen.  Thanks for the star.  When I answered the question, you had not yet explained exactly what you want to do.  I'll try to cover some details here.  Please ask if there is more you want to know.

As I said, creating a free-space page is easy.  You can start from here:


As profile manager, you can decide whether or not to allow others to edit it.

If you want to work with Mayflower descendants, I highly recommend you check with the Mayflower Project first:


There is an existing free-space page called The Mayflower Descendant.  It mentions the Silver Books:


There is an existing Mayflower Project category:


I'm not clear on what exactly you would put on your page.  It could link to existing WikiTree profiles but listing a lot of lines seems somewhat redundant.  I also don't know if there are copyright issues involved with using the Silver Books.  

Good luck!
I would put approved lines on the site. The lines would have been verified by the Mayflower Society prior to being put on Wiki. Thus there would be much less questioning about does this line work.

People could find an ancestor that is a proven descendant - perhaps filling in gaps in their research.

These lines would be the link to the Silver Books.
OK.  Why don't you give it a try then and see how it goes?  You could post back here when you've got it set up.  I'd be interested in seeing it.

An alternative might be to post the information and Silver Book links to the existing WikiTree profiles.  Then descendants would see that when reviewing their ancestors.  But I'm not trying to tell you what to do!  Just making suggestions, in case they might be helpful.

I'm happy to have someone respond.

I would prefer that people don't add to the lines or merge their lines because I've found some errors in people's lines on Wiki and it would just cause a mess.

I'm not going to provide finished work for them, just the line of descent. They can take that line and use it as a guideline.

I'm not sure how to create a project. I have much to learn.
Well, as I said, I was talking about free-space pages, not projects.  There is another help page for creating projects:


And I still think it would be a good idea to contact the Mayflower Project.

I think one thing you should do now is put the mayflower tag on your question.
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What would it cover? What would be its purpose?
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
I'm with Ros on this, what does a 5th Gen do?
I am trying to share Mayflower approved lineages that extend beyond the 5th generation, as covered by The Silver Books, thus enabling folks to more quickly find their line of descent from the Pilgrims.

It would be easier for researchers to go directly to this Project to see if a known ancestor is part of an established line.

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