which persons shall be tagged as project "german_roots"?

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I have just imported a gedcom subtree with about 100 persons, all of them are germans with german ancestors. How many of them shall be tagged as "german_roots"? All of them? Only those where at least father or mother are known (and german, of course)? Only myself (I am german!)?
in Policy and Style by Johannes Heinemann G2G1 (1.1k points)
edited by Peter Roberts

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I would assume it means any German ancestry that is or will be actively worked on. Really the tag is meant to help people facing similar challenges share knowledge and experience so as to be mutually supportive.

That said, I have a Heinemann in my roots, so maybe our trees will intersect :-)

by Mike Kaulbars G2G4 (4.5k points)
selected by Michael Maranda
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This is becoming a Frequently Asked Question here. The German Roots project has not provided clear criteria for inclusion.

Considering that the purpose of the project is to foster collaboration in genealogy related to German roots, it seems to me that the project category should be applied only to profiles for people in Germany, emigrants from Germany, and people who were still closely culturally connected to German roots (for example, one generation removed from emigration and maintaining all of their records in German). However, some WikiTreers seem to think that this is an ethnic heritage tag that should apply to anyone with any German ancestry. Hopefully, the project leaders will weigh in soon...
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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Yes - this is a frequently asked question - but it seems there is a clear enough instruction from the German Roots project page at the template section: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:German_Roots#Templates

If a record has any german ancestry - feel free to add this template:

{{German Roots}}

that automatically adds the category [[German Roots]]

Any of the records that could claim a German lineage or heritage should be welcome under this umbrella.

That should include yourself also - by your description.
by Michael Maranda G2G6 Mach 6 (66.4k points)
It makes sense to include the tag for non-Germans with German ancestry, because otherwise it might not be evident, whereas for people born in Germany, usually a look at the profile will make this obvious (unless of course they are only born there and don't have German ancestry).
I agree there is something that gives me pause in those scenarios -- that it would seem perhaps redundant or even reductive, but in any case just not quite the way we would normally say things (recognizing too that different language groups might express these matters in different ways and with different nuance or emphasis).  

I likewise agree that for many records these aspects are often enough clear in the primary fields of the vital records - except when for those exceptions which can be clarified in the biography or through other tags.  (Though we'd like to see them grouped in particular queries and reports - the category and template system is really in service to this.... )

I'd prefer a better way of speaking about it generally - and this applies not just to the German Roots context - but to each ethno-project - Irish, Italian, etc.  

But over all the restrictive arguments (that I wish to counter) seem to come from an impulse to exclude from the opposite direction - that one would lose rights to claim lineage and heritage. This seems to me contrary to the work of genealogy.  However small a genetic and cultural remnant one may find in one's roots -- it is still an opening which should welcome and invite connection and exploration, and allow genealogists to find others working on similar problems

How can we better respect and express cultural origin and ethnicity  for those in the originating context?  (Ethnicity being a dynamic and multilayered process of course... )  

What manner of forming sets would be useful?  How fine-grained can we be while still maintaining a sense of common lineage and heritage that is inclusive across a migration event (ore series)?

I think this has to be answered in terms of the wide range of lists and analytic reports genealogists would like to be able to generate - for particular family lines and for collective experiences/common exploration contexts.

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