Example Profile Plans

+12 votes

Hi there!

We're working on the plans for the example profiles used in the Connection Finder for the next couple months and we want your input. If you have ideas for EPOWs for the empty days, speak up! In addition to speaking up, being willing to help improve the profile is welcomed, too. It's a great opportunity to highlight collaboration within our community.

Have ideas for EPOWs beyond the next two months? We keep track of those. Just comment or answer and we'll add them to the draft list. 

Here's what we have so far for October and November:



  • 7: John Jay and US Supreme Court Justices (current events)
  • 14: William Penn (his birthday) and Penn Co. passengers
  • 21: Alfred Nobel (his birthday) and other scientific Nobel winners (including Albert Imre Szent-Györgyi and Niels Bohr) (also current news mentions)
  • 28: Dracula and those who have played Dracula in film and TV (and radio?) throughout the years (Does someone want to make sure Dracula's connection is sound? His family looks like there are some naming issues, as well.)


  • 4: US Presidents (Election)
  • 11: Military Heroes (Armistice/Veterans/Remembrance Day)
  • 18:
  • 25: possibly Mayflower (US Thanksgiving; should have ideas from various countries according to the passenger's country of origin)

Let us know what you think; if you have a different idea for who to feature or what theme to use, just speak up!

Note: EPOWs are always subject to change but that doesn't mean we will never feature who we planned-they've just likely been postponed for a reason like a recent event or connection error. 

Here's our general guidelines for choosing and working on EPOWs.

in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (406k points)
edited ago by Abby Glann

The second wife of Frances Hodgson Burnett's husband was, apparently, the great-niece of Samuel Brady. I connected that up (that makes Frances connected and usable as EPOW) but the connection between Jasper Ewing Brady and his father could really use better sources (and sources for the father), although what is there now is OK for post-1700. 

I also struggled to find traces of Frances's birth family in Tennessee where they are said to have lived from 1865. (Actually, I did not struggle; I found absolutely nothing). No luck with her sons, supposed to have been born in Paris, either. 

Thanks, Isabelle! I might take a look at her birth family. Otherwise, we can always use her at a later date, too, if it seems there's too much murkiness left.
Missed a 'y' in Albert's surname (though luckily not in the link). (If it helps, 'gy' is considered a single letter in Hungarian, indicating the palatal voiced stop [ɟ], which is kinda like saying /d/ and consonantal /y/ at the same time.)

And yikes, I don't do biographies...
There has been some progress on Frances Burnett's family - her eldest son did die in Paris, and there is information on the marriages of two of her siblings now.

Thanks, J. Typos are quite my malady these days laugh

Thanks, Isabelle! I think we'll wait on her and try to use her someday in the future soon. 


  • 4: US Presidents (Election)
  • 11: Military Heroes? (Veterans Day)
  • 18:
  • 25: ?Mayflower (Thanksgiving)


Is there, maybe, something else that isn't so focussed on the United States that we could use?  Something that would better include our international cousins.

"Military Heroes", for example, have dates other than Remembrance Day ("Veteran's Day" is US-centric), but the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is recognised by other nations as well. 

Military Heroes will definitely feature any from around the world. Veteran's day is just what we refer to it here, but isn't the theme we'll run with-it's just the inspiration. And nothing's set in stone. These are ideas; finalization doesn't happen until closer to the date. That's why we ask for suggestions here.
Indeed, in France we are off work on November 11 to celebrate the end of World War I. I think the day is observed in other countries as well.

I know "Veteran's Day" is just what it is referred to in the US, but my greater point was that by linking events tied to the US, others - such as myself - take a look and see only American events listed, and click away.  Perhaps a rewording of the presentation, calling it Armistice Day (which was its original  designation, only later becoming known as Remembrance Day in some countries, and Veteran's Day in the US), would make it appear less US-centric, and more inclusive?  It could even say "Armistice Day, aka Veteran's Day, & Remembrance Day".

I don't like appearing negative, as I also love taking part in these things, so dislike feeling shut out by it appearing so American for an entire month. 

On November - for the 18th (I have not checked for Wikitree profiles so the links are all to Wikipedia) :

The 18th November 1477 saw William Caxton's first English publication of the book "Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers".

On the 18th November 1626 St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated, replacing an earlier basilica on the same site, and becoming the world's largest Christian basilica.  Associated persons -- Popes Julius II and Paul V; and architects Donato Bramante, Raphael, and Michelangelo (who was appointed chief architect in 1546 and served until his death in 1564).  Also Carlo Maderno (responsible for its final Latin Cross design and the building's façade), and Gian Lorenzo Bernini (the Basilica's monumental piazza).

This wold be great for the Italy Project!


Also on the 18th November, in 1928, Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" was released (the first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon), so Walt Disney,or anyone else associated with that production.

I completely understand where you're coming from, Melanie. When it's time to feature these, if we run with these ideas, we have been trying to make sure that the focus is welcoming to as many members as possible. We aren't going to shy away from US events or themes, but have been making sure that there are plenty of options for others to join in. Unfortunately, we cannot control when certain events happen, like US Presidential elections, or our Thanksgiving. One reason for opening up the planning notes to everyone, and that's really what there are-notes and ideas, is so if there is some major event coming up in your part of the planet, you can speak up! We can't keep up with news from all over the world or every state holiday, but we can ask for help so we aren't completely ignoring them. Keep in mind, just because there's a note in the slot up there does not mean that's what we're doing. It's just our rough draft. We look at how many people are options to feature, the quality of the profiles that exist, the number of people who might be interested, among so many other details. Please, please, if you see another option that might work for a date, mention it! The Team has a giant spreadsheet that it all gets put into so it can be referenced for current and future planning and some of these weeks are pinning down which idea to use up to two weeks before we feature. Nothing is set in stone until we publish :-)

Thanks for the Nov. 18th ideas!

Thank you for making the change to the wording for the 11th.  smiley

Regards my suggestions from earlier --

  • William Caxton - No picture (but one could be found of a printer, or printers, that could be adapted).  Not connected, with any possible connection through the daughter, maybe (might be too much work, even with a month between now and November).

I reluctantly conclude the English connection may be dead in the water.

  • Julius II - Has an image.  Not connected.  Possible to work a connection through his daughter, Felice or his parents - Rafaello della Rovere and Theodora Manerola - if anything is know about them 
  • Paul V - Has picture.  Not connected.  Possible to find a connection via his parents – Marcantonio Borghese* and his wife Flaminia Astalli – or any of his six brothers, but may be too much to do before November. * of the Borghese family of Siena
  • Donato Bramante (born Donato d'Augnolo) does not have a profile, and it might be difficult to connect him as Wikipedia does not mention parents, siblings, or children.
  • Raphael - Has an image.  Not connected.  Father (Giovanni Santi) also notable has no profile. His mother, Màgia, died when he w as eight, but his father remarried.  It might be worth looking into that marriage for a connection, but I doubt it would be before November.
  • Michelangelo - Has picture.  Is not  connected.  His father is known (Ludovico di Leonardo Buonarroti Simoni), as is his mother (Francesca di Neri del Miniato di Siena).  According to Wikipedia—the Buonarrotis claimed to descend from the Countess Mathilde of Canossa; a claim that remains unproven, but which Michelangelo believed.
  • Carlo Maderno – could not find a WT profile.  He had at least four siblings -  brothers. His uncle - Domenico Fontana is also notable, but little  seems to be known of relationships. According to Wikipedia he is often referred to as the brother of sculptor Stefano Maderno, but this is not universally agreed upon.  I doubt we could connect Carlo at all, let alone by November this year.
  • Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Has image.  Is not connected, but has a wife (on WT), and eleven children (one of whom is on WT, not connected to anyone other than his parents).  It might be possible to connect Bernini, but I doubt it would be before this year's November.

I have to reluctantly conclude the Italian connection is kaput at this time.

  • Walt Disney - Has picture.  Is connected. Has biography.

Any number of persons associated with Steamboat Willie could be worked on for the extra profiles. Ub Iworks. (No WT profile found.)  Roy Oliver Disney (Walt's brother) - has picture, has bio, is connected (obvs). Wilfred Jackson - no picture, not connected.  (Wikipedia.)  Leslie James Clark - has picture, has bio, is not connected.

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+7 votes

John Buchan was born on August 26.

William Andrew White died on September 9.

B.B. King was born on September 16.

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (361k points)
John Buchan looks to fill all the items on the checklist. I've never heard of any of his books!
BB isn't connected, so he'll likely need to wait. It isn't impossible to get him connected by then, but it may be a stretch.

About John Buchan, I loved his books (well, most of them) before I knew that he had been Governor General.

Sorry about B.B. King. I failed to notice the jigsaw piece icon. I was looking for some black people to include, given all that's been going on.

Otis Redding is another who was born September 9, also unconnected, unfortunately.

There's also the genius Dennis Ritchie (born September 9) but it's one of those create-and-orphan profiles.

+8 votes

James Dean died on September 30.

by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (164k points)
+7 votes

Peter Falk and Lauren Bacall were both born Sep 16 and are connected. I imagine Lauren has been featured in the past though I could not find when. They are both connected. Nathan Mayer Rothschild was born 16 September 1777 (not the best choice in the Rothschild family though). 

September 9 - it's the anniversary of William the Conqueror's death (and his birth date is not known). Again he might have been featured previously. I could suggest Richelieu (born September 9, needs tons of work) or Toulouse-Lautrec (died September 9) but we're already featuring a French profile this week.

Still looking at August 26. There is Peggy Guggenheim (born on that day), not sure that would be good enough. It's also the birthday of Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, one of the hot air ballooning pioneer brothers, but again he's French. What about Christopher Isherwood?

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (366k points)
I'll just add that I think William Andrew White would still be a better choice than any of those I suggested for September 9.
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Albert Szent-Györgyi was born on Sep. 16. Parts of the "chain" are a bit shaky/sketchy, but he is connected (thanks to work by Mark Burch a couple of years ago).

by J Palotay G2G6 Mach 5 (53.7k points)
+5 votes

I suggest Niels Bohr, Danish Nobel laureate (physics) for October 7.

Louis-Joseph Papineau could also be a candidate, but I think there was a Québécois featured not that long ago.

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (366k points)
Excellent. Thanks, Isabelle!
+2 votes

A few October 14 birthdays:

Also, notable deaths: Harold of Wessex (anniversary of the Battle of Hastings), Bing Crosby.

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (366k points)

October 21 is Alfred Nobel's birthday.

What would I do without you, Isabelle? :-) Thank you-I am plugging these in as options right now.
+1 vote

For the Halloween feature, actors:

(I got these using Wikipedia categories, which exist in French but not in English. Not many women, they are almost all living).
Also, there is a profile for the real "Dracula" but he would need his family connections seriously looked at.
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (366k points)
Thanks, Isabelle! I have put these in my notes. I think Dracula sounds like a fun one-seeing how the "real" Dracula is related to all the film ones.
I checked one of the connection paths and it seems valid. I think there would be more, but these families haven't been much covered yet.

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