Is there a project that covers these pre-1700 people?

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I want to contribute to the deep genealogy on our shared tree. Here are people I can add, along with dates and locations:

  • Robert Redhead, Gaoler, keeper of theCastle of York , 1596, England

Here are the sources I am using:

  • https://collections.folger.edu/detail/Letters-signed-from-William-Cecil-Baron-Burghley-to-Matthew-Hutton/c4f63ff5-0877-4dce-9b6e-a86a5f0e0a34#
  • https://iiif.collections.folger.edu/iiif/2/83c3ac4f-9df2-4618-a503-4a3b71af0caa.TIFF/full/1000,1420/0/default.jpg
  • https://www.british-history.ac.uk/rchme/york/vol2/pp57-86

Should I contact one of the pre-1700 projects or know about any style guidelines before proceeding? Thank you!

in Genealogy Help by Ralph Redhead G2G1 (1.8k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Hi Ralph,

It may be beneficial to edit your post and add a tag for "england".
Rick, thanks for that. I'm a novice to genealogy and W-T - where do I go from here? How do I get back to this profile page? Or edit this post? Sorry, but this is the first time.PS: We're not sure Robert is an ancestor, but I'm hoping to build the links through W-T.

Regards, Ralph-290
Here is the Redhead page, sorted for date of birth.  https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Surname&s=REDHEAD&cln=0&order=dobup&secondary_order=&layout=comfortable&u=

You can see there's no entry for Robert. There's a Thomas of about that time, but no connection to Robert. Usually, on WikiTree, we start from a known person and work through to find ancestors. That might not be possible here.  What you have is a clear snapshot in time, but no links to relatives. These will have to be found.

There do seem to have been Redheads (or other variants on that name) in Yorkshire in the 16th century.  Here is a list of results of one search. https://www.freereg.org.uk/search_queries/5e987197f493fd1027ff2d73?locale=en

Some of these may be possibilities for further investigation.

You can start a profile for Robert from "My WikiTree Navigation" and clicking "Add" then choosing New Person.  You'll have to estimate either a birth or death date.  If you find more information, you can edit what you have.

The historical stuff can go in the Biography, with the sources you have already in the Sources section or as inline citations (if you're familiar with those)

I hope this gives you a start.

Hi Ralph,

Welcome to WikiTree! This is G2G, the community forum for WikiTree. Underneath your post on this page there are some links. You can choose the "edit" link to edit your original post. But Ellen, one of the G2G moderators, has already added the england and redhead tags for you.

The profiles are part of the single global family tree here. You can navigate to your own profile via the My WikiTree drop-down menu (top right) and choose profile. I'd suggest taking some time to check out all the options available from the various drop-down menus. From your profile you can search for other profiles in the global tree by name (top center) or search just your watchlist (profiles for which you are manager or are on the Trusted List). You can click on the Ancestors button to view your recent ancestors or select Compact Tree from the drop-down menu for your WikiTree-ID (Redhead-290) to see more generations. You can view a list of your contributions to the tree by clicking the link for "Ralph's <number> contributions". You can also view activity on your own Watchlist profiles via Family Activity Feed from your My WikiTree drop-down menu.

Whenever you get stuck and/or have specific questions, come back here to G2G and post. There are lots of members willing to help.

Thats great Rick, and thanks for the welcome. I get stuck on basic routes through everything, mainly. Practice will help. I will check the options carefully. I know this profile will take time and patience, but may eventually link with an established profile somewhere along the journey. I've even had trouble trying to find out how to add the england and redhead tags! Your advice and support is excellent, thank you. Ralph
Great, thanks Lois

2 Answers

+2 votes
Fascinating history! The England Project is certainly the right place for your ancestor.
by Lois Tilton G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
Thanks Lois
Ralph - starting in the 16th century, while it can be done, is like jumping into the deep end of the pond.  If you find it intimidating, you might want to join up with the England Project to do the Orphan Trail.  You get a hands-on mentor to walk you through the process of researching Enland sources.  Go to this link https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/997231/do-you-want-to-become-an-england-project-member-in-2020?show=1018322#c1018322 and leave an ANSWER (not a comment), and you'll be signed up.
Thanks Lois, and thank you for your concern and suggestions. I don't feel intimidated, and I'm on the orphan trail. Its getting used to so much information and finding the right routes through everything. It will take practice and support, thats all.

Ralph
Then Go for it!

If you need help, the 16th-17th centuries are my hangout, and I'd be glad to assist if I can.  (A couple of those FreeReg records look promising)
Thanks Lois. Please join in, the profile is open and I'm up for team work and direction - I can't even get the english flags posted yet!

'Cuthbert' is a name that turns-up regularly in the Corbridge Redheads - I've not profiled them yet, but will. Ralph is common too.

I checked a couple of proven accurate profiles against theirs on FreeReg. They weren't accurate on dates so be open-minded on them re Robert Redhead (Redhead-399) Robert Redhead dates on his profile so far are proven by their sources, although not much to go on yet. He was little more than a family myth, so I'm excited to see where it goes, if anywhere. With your expert help and guidance I'm sure it will do well. I've seen variations of 'Redhead' on the same document for the same person, written one sentence after the other. So don't let the other forms put you off, although there are strong lines of 'Reedhead's' and 'Readheeds', amongst a few others. Great to have an expert on board! All the best. Ralph
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Actually, Ralph, I think I've found your man.

https://archive.org/details/historyofcastleo00coopuoft/page/306/mode/2up/search/redhead

This account states that Robert Redhead was granted arms and would thus have been known as Esquire or Armiger.  In the FreeReg results, the Robert Redhead of View 22, buried in 1617 at Howden, is designated Esquire. Other entries at Howden are his children, variously baptized and buried.
by Lois Tilton G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
Fantastic, a great start. Please edit the profile, Lois. An Esq. will be/should be well documented.

Best regards, Ralph

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