Advice for categorization of Scott-13051?

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Would it be possible to create a new category for Roseberry, Idaho? It might come under the Category for Valley County, Idaho, although I'm not sure. 

Roseberry was an early community in Long Valley, Idaho, at one time the largest settlement there.  It was more or less abandoned when the railroad came through and founded the town of Donnelly.  It is now a very active heritage site.

More information can be found here: http://www.historicroseberry.org/ and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyLIQsXzoZ4 among many other sites.

It was also home to some of my ancestors, including my grandmother, her father, who was one of the owners of the general store, and other family members.

Could I get help creating the new category? Thank you!

WikiTree profile: Effie Mayer
in Policy and Style by Gayel Knott G2G6 Mach 3 (32.3k points)

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Perhaps an opportunity for a one place study!
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:One_Place_Studies
Valley County was formed in 1917.  Roseberry was listed as Township 16 Roseberry Precinct.  In 1920 and had a population of 583, dropped to 404 in 1930 and 640 in 1950  In 1910 Roseberry (Boise Co.) Idaho had a population of 890  I didn't find Roseberry in an earlier census.  It also appears that the town was never incorporated.   Without additional knowledge of Idaho, it may be difficult to properly categorize.   The hierarchy of civil divisions vary from state to state.
by Darryl Rowles G2G6 Mach 2 (26.9k points)
Thanks for the suggestion, Darryl.  Unfortunately, I have to focus my time and energy on getting genealogical information online.  Twenty years ago, I might have had the time to learn how to develop a One Place Study, but not now.  If one existed -- and it's existence was easily found by people who might be interested -- I'd be more than happy to contribute what I know.

As for your comments regarding categorization, Roseberry was probably not incorporated.  It was essentially a frontier community and most frontier communities were established by "booming" and the selling of property.  Those that survived probably did eventually incorporate (or else remained as "Census Designated" Places).  An alternate source of information for places might be the existence of Post Offices.  Roseberry had a Post Office in 1891, although there was not much of a town until after 1900. Places like this existed all over the United States west of the Appalachians following the Revolutionary War. Some survived, some didn't, but they did exist at one time.

And yes, there is a problem with the categorization of places where civil or other boundaries changed over time -- particularly since there does not seem to be any effort under categorization to add a "See also" category to accommodate boundary and name changes over time. This is a problem not just for the Trans-Appalachian United States but for colonial North America (and probably South America), as well as for much of Europe.

I've been trying to use categories -- and more importantly, to understand the use of categorization on WikiTree -- because it has been promoted as one of the ways WikiTree can help to identify DNA matches.  The possibility of categorization is at least apparent on individual profile pages, although it seems that most people ignore it.

Again, thank you for taking the time to answer my question, and also for helping me to understand the potential usefulness of categorization on WikiTree.

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