How do I find people on WikiTree by location if no location category has been used?

+8 votes
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"I have been working on a place; Monroe, Licking, Ohio, USA.  I've been marking all my profiles where the person was associated with Monroe Township and have over 100 so far.  But how do I search for  Monroe, Licking in profiles I'm not the PM for?  I don't care if I have to do a number of partial searches as long as I don't have to search all 11 million profiles on WikiTree one by one."

Dave Dardinger
WikiTree profile: Dave Dardinger
in The Tree House by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (506k points)

3 Answers

+10 votes
Ok, I get it now.  There are other useful profiles after the first few pages.  Thanks!

Yes if you are lucky. The best question would have been give me all profiles from Wikitree that has born, death or any other events in the Monroee Licking  county but have no category set. 

Problem is that then we need a better Search engine and more structured data(use of Wiki templates)

To do serious genealogy and use locations you need more fields for one location

  1. historical name 
    1. one or more names that historical name used in church books etc...
  2. todays name 
    1. the location of the name today so you find it on a map
  3. GPS location
    1. all smartphones has today a GPS ==> with a GPS location you can find a house, grave etc or find it on Google map e.g. FindAGrave has GPS locations so you find the grave and Wikidata use GPS locations ==> you can easily generate maps of churchyard and its graves

      Find A Grave has GPS for locations



      Wikidata use GPS locations and can easily generate reports and display them on a map

      http://tinyurl.com/h3sv6nv


      Every dot is a grave and the color is the occupation they had see blog 



      Example how Alfred Nobel has been classified using Wikidata properties see Q23810
    • you have fields for 
      • image of grave P1442
      • image of the person P18
      • P625 coordinates if grave
      • P965 burial plot reference
      • P196 occupation
      • .... plus 3000 more properties...

 

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I have never added location categories to any profiles I manage, mostly because the category list would become too large to be of any use. In Ohio alone there are 88 counties and in Geauga County there are 12 townships, now if we go even deeper there are cities, towns, villages as well. I can say that for Dave's purpose he does not need to search any profiles I manage because I have not yet found any from Licking County yet, but if I do I will add the location category to help out.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
edited by Dale Byers
Here is another problem with location categories. If we use the guidelines and list some one who lived in Painesville, Ohio they could be listed in Painesville, Geauga County back in the very early days but now the same City is the county seat for Lake County. this leads to all sorts of confusion because not everyone knows the history of that location. The same situation exists not only in other Ohio Counties but in other states as well. I have come across profiles for those in Kannapolis North Carolina but I am unsure about the county to use because  part of that city is in Cabarrus County and another part, where my daughter lives, is in Rowan County.
+2 votes
I use variations on the site specific Google search similar to those Magnus has defined.
by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (232k points)

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