Working on increasing the 'Swiss presence' on WikiTree, I am looking for anyone's thoughts on how best to record a person's place of origin as well as Swiss mercenaries and migrants.
Place of Origin/Heimatort: The place of origin determines Swiss citizenship. It also means that family units were recorded both, in the place of residence as well as the place of origin. This can be very useful for researchers because both sets of records may hold different clues or bits of information. Maybe a Sticker would be appropriate? A sub-category under each place might also serve to categorize profiles.
Swiss Mercenaries: Many signed up to serve in Swiss regiments fighting for foreign powers in Europe during local recruitment drives. If they died in foreign service, they were often noted in the local church register. The information varies but some entries are very specific where and under whom the deceased person served. Again, maybe a sub-category under each location or maybe it would be better for Swiss Mercenaries to have their own category?
Swiss Migrants: Obviously not only a Swiss issue ... They often traveled and settled together in foreign lands so it may be useful for researchers to record who traveled together on a particular ship. There are a lot of categories for migration so I am not sure if another category/sub-category for each ship carrying migrants would help or hinder research. Personally, I do look at who traveled together, because non-English names are often misspelled or transcribed incorrectly due to the language barrier at the port of departure/arrival.
Edit: Just found the category for migrant ships so the Swiss migrant point is mute :)