what category instead of the Misnamed Category: Quaker?

+14 votes

I was going through maintenance categories and saw that there were two profiles in the "misnamed" Category:Quaker. This one was public, so I was going to change it to Category:Quakers & leave a note on the non-public one. But.  The Quakers category - http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Quakers - says it's a top level category & not to add individual profiles to it. So... could someone more acquainted with Samuel Gorton fix his category?  Also, what category should an active WikiTree member & Friend use instead of http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Quaker? (Hint: it's not http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Friend - also labeled as misnamed.) Thanks!

WikiTree profile: Samuel Gorton
in Genealogy Help by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (440k points)

3 Answers

+5 votes


I'm sure you realized the problem with Quaker and Friend is that they are not plural. That is why they are misnamed.

The low level categories for Quakers seem to be by location. They seem very broad - American Quakers and English Quakers as examples.  They are under the Quakers category.

The American Quakers are broken down into state locations.  See:

Category: American Quakers

by Philip Smith G2G6 Pilot (281k points)
well, since he was born in England and died in America, he's now both http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:American_Quakers and http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:English_Quakers. There is no Friends category.
+5 votes
Phil is correct, I will go add notes to those two misnamed categories for clarification.

Since most records were recorded originally by the Monthly Meetings, the Quakers Project is recommending individual profiles be added there.  We have been working on naming conventions, and setting up categories for the Meetings.  More information on Meeting Categories can be found on our Project Page here:


We also have a template that can be added to profiles of individual Quakers:


If you don't know the individual Meeting to which they belonged, adding them to the lowest level you do know (US State or Country) is fine.  One of the goals of the Project is to research these individuals and add them to their Meeting as the information can be found.

If you know the meeting name, but the Category has not yet been created, just post here and we will create it and link it into the hierarchy.
by Andrea Powell G2G6 Mach 4 (41.9k points)
+3 votes

Are you sure Samuel was a Quaker?

I was looking at his wikipedia article  - should he be part of the Notables Project? - it says he was the leader of the "Gortonists or Gortonites" and that the theology was later embraced by the Quakers, but he was not a Quaker himself.

by Andrea Powell G2G6 Mach 4 (41.9k points)
Andrea - I was just trying to be helpful by moving a profile out of a "misnamed category" but found that I didn't know enough about him to determine what category he should be in. I thought Phil had answered my question, but apparently not. From what you posted, the better bet would have been to just delete the category. Sorry for making a bigger mess than I'd found, and thank you for fixing it!  Cheers, Liz
i.e. Samuel Gorton, if He was not actually a Quaker or Friend, I would suggest making a new Category for him as "Gortonites and/or Gortonists". And then I would suggest making it a separate Category, and also a sub-Category of "American_Quakers" and/or "English_Quakers". And those Categories should be under a Category for ALL Quakers everywhere, International Quakers, or such, The Quaker Religion or Faith. Then that Category should be under the "Religions or Faiths" Category.

These are just some ideas and suggestions. Thank you.

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