Announcing the new Medieval Project

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We are pleased to announce the new Medieval Project. Project leaders are John AtkinsonMichael Cayley, and myself.  The project will focus on all pre-1500 profiles (not just royals and nobles) that aren’t already covered by other projects (such as Magna Carta and some country projects). Due to the scope of the project, pre-1500 certification is required to be a project member.  Those of us that are passionate about medieval genealogy want Wikitree to be a place where accurate information is available and discussed concerning those that lived during this period of time.  We also have the opportunity to become the place where we are the leading edge for new research being done.  The Medieval project will not be focusing on aristocrats.  Certainly some will be included, and project members are free to work on any profiles they desire, but aristocrats are not the primary focus of the project.

The criteria we envisage for the Medieval Project (MP) management are as follows:

1. MP will take over pre-1500 profiles that were managed by the European Aristocrats Project (EuroAristo). Some of them may not need Project management if there is another, pre-1500-badged profile manager, and we plan to weed those out over time.


2. Where the EuroAristo project has been co-manager with another Project, we will consider which Project should be the manager. As a general proposition, we do not need two Projects actively managing pre-1500 profiles. This will be a process that can take place over time.

3. Where another Project is already managing a profile, MP will not seek to become a manager unless the other Project wants to drop out.

4. If another Project (e.g. Magna Carta) has a good reason for wanting to manage a profile managed by MP, there will be no problems - and MP will often want to bow out of management.

5. MP will be flexible about the 1500 boundary. For instance, if the England Project is taking over post-1500 monarchs, it is appropriate for the England Project to manage Henry VIII even though he was born before 1500.

6. Other Projects and all Wikitree members can suggest profiles for MP management.

7. For profiles not currently managed by a Project, there would be no automatic presumption that MP would become a manager.
- If there is a pre-1500-badged profile manager, MP would seek to become a profile manager only if there was a special reason.
- If there is no pre-1500-badged manager, and there is a tangle to unravel, or some other mess, MP would either become a profile manager or see if whoever works on the tangle is willing to do so.
- In other cases, MP would not normally become a manager.

8. New profiles would normally be managed by whoever creates them unless there is a special reason for MP management.

9. We may want to ensure that a Project, not necessarily MP, is a manager for certain key types of figures, like monarchs, discussing if necessary with other Projects which Project is best placed to take on the role.

10. The usual WT criteria for Project Protection will apply.

With the advent of this project, we plan to reduce the European Aristocrats project back to one project covering post-1500 profiles.  There will no longer be separate British Aristo and Euro Aristo sub-projects.  With the advent of numerous country projects over the past couple of years (e.g. England, Germany, Scotland), EuroAristo has started reducing the number of profiles that are managed by the project and allowed the country projects to oversee the bulk of the profiles for their respective countries.

Availability of time ebbs and flows.  The Medieval project will not be requiring any certain level of participation to be a member.  If you have the skill set to research in the medieval period and are pre-1500 certified, then we welcome you as a member.  To join, reply with an answer (as opposed to comment) to this post.

We have a few teams already in place, but we welcome and encourage other teams to research and manage medieval profiles.  Feel free to contact John, Michael, or me to discuss your ideas.

We have a Google group for the project.  Membership in it is optional.  If you'd like to join, send me a PM.

Darlene - Co-Leader, Medieval Project and European Aristocrats Project

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (437k points)
edited by Darlene Athey-Hill
I would like to join, I am interested in England mainly.

Hi Wally, due to the scope of the project, pre-1500 certification is required for project membership.  Others can assist with pre-1500 profiles by using reliable sources and leaving information as a comment on a profile.

I think we should add the project to the project list.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Projects
Well, I would agree with that, Robin!  I thought the Team handled that when they set up the new project.  I've gone onto the page and added it.  Thank you for letting me know!
Will the project be addressing pre-1500 Scotland? If so, I would be interested in joining.
@Lee   Since you are new to projects, you may want to start with joining the Scotland project   https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Scotland

Hi Lee, you have to be pre-1500 certified to be a member of the Medieval Project since all of the profiles are pre-1500.  Scotland has its own medieval team, but again you must be pre-1500 certified.

Love the idea of a Medieval Project.  I'll do some work on my medieval research skill set before I ask to join, but I will certainly follow your project with interest and I'll be rooting for you guys.

75 Answers

+25 votes
Hi, I would like to join the project. My research interests for the medieval period are primarily in England.
by Nic Donnelly G2G6 Mach 6 (66.2k points)
Great to have you, Nic.  I've awarded you the badge.  Please join our Google group, which we use for discussion (along with G2G) (see project page).
+25 votes
Main interests are Southern Germany, Austria, Bohemia.
by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (544k points)
Hi Helmut, I've awarded you the badge.  We've got a Germany team headed by John Atkinson and coordinated by Andrew Lancaster.  I know they'd love your assistance.  Please join the Google group also (see project page).
+24 votes
I would like to join. Main interest is medieval Scotland, especially North-East.
by Nigel Parker G2G3 (3.4k points)
I've awarded you the badge, Nigel.  We're working in conjunction with the Scotland medieval profiles team.  Please join our Google group, which we use for discussion (along with G2G) (see project page).

Got the same "Content not available" answer as László for the Google group.

Hi Helmut, I don't know what the issue is, but if you send me a PM I will add you to the Google group.  That's what everyone else is donig right now.  Thanks!
+24 votes
I would like to join, too. My main interest is Hungary (where the line is usually drawn at 1526).
by László Kóczy G2G6 Mach 1 (10.1k points)

László, I've awarded you the badge.  Thrilled to have you join us. Please join our Google group by sending me a PM.

Can you please check the link for the Google Group? I got a ``content not available' ' error.

Please try this and let me know if it works: https://groups.google.com/u/5/g/wtmedieval 

Same error. I wonder if the group is public? There seems to be an access error.
I'm not sure.  The team set it up for me.  I looked at the settings, and it says that anyone on the web can request to join . . .  If you send me a PM, I'll get your address and will send you an invitation.  Thank you.
+25 votes
I would like to join the project. The interest would be Scandinavian profiles not already covered by Early Scandinavia Project or any of the other Scandinavian country projects.
by Maggie Andersson G2G6 Pilot (128k points)

I've awarded you the badge, Maggie.  Please join our Google group, which we use for discussion (along with G2G) (see project page).

I have sent you a pm since I can not get the link to work. 

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Early_Scandinavia should probably be added as a project you collaborate with on the Medieval Project page? 

I can also mention that Sweden Project manages some of the profiles for the gap between 1200 and 1500, can be good to know as well.

I've added the Early Scandinavia Project link to the Medieval project page.  Thanks, Maggie.  I've also added you to the Google group.  You should receive a notification.
+23 votes
Hi Darlene, I'd like to join. I often run across useful sources or bits of information I haven't seen before.
by Monica Edmunds G2G6 Mach 3 (30.1k points)

Hi Monica, I've awarded you the badge.  Please join our Google group, which we use for discussion (along with G2G) (see project page).

+23 votes
May I sign up? I will primarily be working on Scottish profiles as part of the Scotland Project's medieval team, but would like to be a 'floater' on the medieval project as sometimes research takes me to other countries.
by Jen Hutton G2G6 Mach 3 (30.4k points)

Hi Jen, happy to have you join us.  I've awarded you the badge.   Please join our Google group, which we use for discussion (along with G2G):  Wikitree Medieval Google Group 

Thanks Darlene. The google group link is not working for me.
Jen, send me a PM so that I have your email address and I will send you an invitation.
I have the Irish/Scottish traced back to Adam and Eve.  Is this the type of info you are interested in for your medieval project?

Carol, we use reliable sources on Wikitree.  The Medieval project (along with others such as England and Magna Carta) have higher standards for pre-1500 profiles.  No reliable sources trace back to Adam and Eve . . .  

+21 votes
Hi Darlene,

I'd like to sign up, with particular interest in early Sussex profiles.

Regards,

Chris.
by Chris Weston G2G6 Mach 1 (14.8k points)
Hi Chris, great to have you on the project.  I've awarded you the badge.  Please join our Google group, which we use for discussion (along with G2G) (see project page).
+22 votes
Hi Darlene ... I would like to join the MP. I am interested in following the surnames Holland, Plantagenet as well as learning more about this period in history.

Thank you!
by Bettye Carroll G2G6 Mach 4 (46.5k points)
Hi Bettye, I've awarded you the project badge.  Happy to have you on the project!
Thank you, Darlene!
+20 votes
Hi.  I'd like to join the project.  My main interest is England.  Thank you.
by Kerry Larson G2G6 Pilot (163k points)
Hi Kerry, I've awarded you the project badge.  We recommend, although don't require, that you join the Google group.  If you want to join the Google group, send me a PM.
+18 votes
I'd love to join! My main interest is England.
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (200k points)

Hi Traci, I've awarded you the project badge.  We recommend, although don't require, that you join the Google group.  If you want to join the Google group, send me a PM.

+21 votes
I would like to join your project.  I'm pre-1500 certified. I'm very interested in Medieval genealogy and want to learn more.

Terri
by Terri Swift G2G6 Mach 1 (18.0k points)

Terri, I've awarded you the project badge.  We recommend, although don't require, that you join the Google group.  If you want to join the Google group, send me a PM.

+17 votes
Hi Darlene, I had joined the EuroAristo Project in order to work on clean up of pre-1500 profiles (names, locations, dates, gedcoms, etc) rather than the research side of things. Since that project will no longer be working on Pre-1500, it would make more sense to put my pre-1500 certification to good use for the Medieval Project and would like to switch the badges out if you would like my continued help in this capacity.
by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (790k points)
Definitely want you, Emma!  I've awarded you the badge.  Please PM me if you want to be part of the Google group.
+16 votes
I absolutely love the Medieval period and have many many ancestors in that period. I also have a lot of research material. In a few days I'll be bale to finish the pre-1500 certification.
by Sam Bradley G2G3 (3.0k points)
Hi Sam, get in touch with me after you get your pre-1500 certification.  Meanwhile, people that don't have pre-1500 certification are welcome to assist by leaving research information/sources on the profile of the person in question.  Thanks.
+19 votes
Sign me up please! Always interested in fixing a terrible tangle.

Also, my current strategy for pre-1500 profiles has been to orphan them because I have too many profiles in my watchlist and these are hard to manage. That doesn't seem to jive with #7 but if you want me to assign these kind of profiles to the project instead please PM me the email address. Thanks!
by Kirk Hess G2G6 Mach 6 (64.3k points)
edited by Kirk Hess
Hi Kirk, I've awarded you the badge.  I'll send you a PM.
+16 votes
Hi, I would like to join. My interest is in England, particularly anything in the SW counties.
by Elizabeth Viney G2G6 Mach 2 (28.3k points)
Hi Elizabeth, I've awarded you the project badge.  We'll add you to the England team, although you are welcome to work on any profile.  Please send me a PM if you would like to be part of the Google group.
Thank you Darlene!
+17 votes
I am pre-1500 certified, but have not yet reached that era in my own research.  Happy to help out with others, though! especially any maintenance categories which the Project acquires.

I am also a member of EuroAristo and the England Project, and England is where my interests lie.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Hi Ros, I've awarded you the project badge.  We'll add you to the England team, although you are welcome to work on any profile.  Please send me a PM if you would like to be part of the Google group.
+14 votes
I have several pre-1500 profiles I manage.  Glass makers with ties to what today are Germany and Eastern France.
by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (674k points)
Hi Laura, I've awarded you the project badge.  We'll add you to the Germany and France teams, although you are welcome to work on any profile.  Please send me a PM if you would like to be part of the Google group.
+13 votes
I would like to join please !

David Douglass
by David Douglass G2G6 Pilot (117k points)
And we'd love to have you, David!  I've awarded you the project badge.  Please send me a PM if you would like to be part of the Google group.
+14 votes
Please include me in this project; just in case I ever become involved in a medieval profile again. I'd like to join the Google Group to keep up with developments in the management of Medieval profiles.
by Valerie Willis G2G6 Mach 7 (79.6k points)
Hi Valerie, I've awarded you the project badge.  Please send me a PM and I can add you to the Google group.

It was good talking with you the other day. I'm glad you decided to join. I added you to the Medieval_Project_-_Ireland page

Thank you

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