Do you have an interest in outcasts, outlaws and outlandish people? Join the Black Sheep Project! [closed]

+50 votes

Hi, if you are interested in working on profiles of individuals who lived unconventional lives, then the Black Sheep Project could be the place for you!

The Black Sheep project members work on profiles for individuals who meet the characteristics of Black Sheep as defined by the  International Blacksheep Society of Genealogists (IBSSG).   We have about 24 different categories of Black Sheep.  There are also sub-projects devoted to Witch Trials, Bootleggers and Moonshiners, Outlaws, Gangsters, Hatfield and McCoy, Pirates and Spies and Traitors.

If you would like to join the Project leave a message here AND follow the instructions on the Project Page ("How to Join").

IMPORTANT: Please also tell us in your post below what your research interests in the Black Sheep Project are - if possible, let us know if you'd like to join a sub-project too.  Thanks for your help!  We look forward to you joining the project.

closed with the note: This project is being dissolved, but subproject pages and categories are still intact
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Leigh Murrin G2G6 Mach 3 (32.3k points)
closed by Traci Thiessen
I'd love to be a part of this project. So far, I've got no familial connections to black sheep that I am aware of, but I am an avid "fan" of reading and researching about serial killers.
Badge awarded. Welcome to the Black Sheep Project Veronica!
Hi, I would like to join the Black Sheep project. I have quite a few ancestors in all of the categories. I'm interested in researching, writing biographies, sourcing, and contributing in any way I can to help the project and all of its categories. However, I'd really love to join the Witch Trials category. I have ancestors from both sides of the coin from this era -- from the accusers to the accused (Cotton Mather, John and Elizabeth Bassett Proctor, Sarah Proctor, Mary Bassett de Rich, Rebecca Gibson Stearns, etc., just to name a few). Many thanks in advance and Kind Regards, Lea :-)

p.s. sorry for the double post mishap -- I replied in the wrong place after an accidental page refresh...argh!
Hi Lea,

I sent you a private email.



Hi I am interested in joining the back sheep project as well as sub projects bootleggers moonshiners Hatfield and McCoys criminals outlaws Black sheep traders pirates witches. I have a lot of ancestors cousins that should be in each group. Thank you.

Hi Traci,

I just got your message. Thank you for replying. A little disappointed to learn that I won't be added to the Black Sheep project & Witch Trials sub-project until after re-organization is complete but that's perfectly understandable. This is actually my first attempt at trying to join a project on wikitree.

As per wikitree requirements, I have to join a project that involves collaboration on pre-1700's profiles to continue working on pre-1700's profiles. Since I'm currently creating and working on my maternal ancestor profiles from the pre-1700's era, the Black Sheep project/Witch Trials sub-project seemed an excellent fit and well suited to my interests.

My question is this: In order to continue creating & working on my maternal pre-1700's profiles (and others) and since collaboration on a project involving pre-1700's profiles is essentially a requirement, should I just try to join a different project for the time being? Or, will it be okay to continue working on those pre-1700's ancestor profiles while waiting to be added to the Black Sheep project?

Please forgive my ignorance as a relative newcomer to the platform (this is literally my 2nd G2G comment ever). While not a newcomer to writing and working on biographies and wikitree profiles, I'm very new to joining wikitree projects and just as new to interacting via the G2G forum. Just trying to make sense of the situation and to make sure that I'm following the necessary wikitree requirements.

Will I need to go ahead and join a different project in order to continue working on those pre-1700's ancestor profiles? My main concern is continuing to work on those pre-1700's profiles while not being badged and actively participating in a team effort/collaborative project. Thank you for taking time out to reply and any help you can offer.. It's greatly appreciated. Hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards,

Can someone please update the page for Outcasts and Pirates - the project boxes are coming up with errors and only the Black sheep project is showing that the project is closed.

Thanks, in advance.
Thanks for the heads-up Raewyn! We're hoping to change the project boxes into stickers very soon. Unfortunately dissolving a project takes time, has many moving parts and requires the input of a lot of already busy people. :D
I'm interested in joining. I'm currently working on fleshing out trees showing how certain gangster/mafia members are blood related.

Also interested in outlaws and the Salem witch trials (I'm related to 2 accused witches who were executed).

Sadly, the WikiTree’s Black Sheep Project is no more.

121 Answers

+19 votes
Best answer

 I have an interest in this project.i have outlaws in the line looking for supporting info 

by Eric Dodd G2G2 (2.1k points)
selected by Amanda Phillips
I believe we have same ancestor!
+19 votes
Yes, I have an interest in this project. These individuals have played an interesting part of history, let me know what I can do to help with this project.
by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (539k points)
+16 votes
I have an interest in this project. My greatX10 grandmother was Elizabeth Jackson Howe. Let me know
Hi Fay! Can you please link to your Wikitree profile? It looks like you weren't logged in when this was posted. Thank you!
Fay, please contact me via e-mail, I believe we may have same ancestor in the Rowe Family.
+20 votes
I am interested in this project because I am a black sheep and I descend from black sheep.
+18 votes
What an interesting project! I'd love to help out with the Black Sheep Project. Particularly interested in tracing and verifying a couple of possible cowboy era outlaws, revolutionary war traitors in my family line.
by Kevin Maxey G2G5 (5.5k points)
Thanks Kevin - welcome to the project!
Hi Kevin, please go to the Project Members Page ( and record your research interests there.  Thanks!
Ke'in, you're related to me, so you're related to Benedict Arnold and Margaret Stephensoon Scott.
+15 votes
I would like to join the project. I've written a monograph: [[Space:Demographics_of_New_England_Witches|Demographics of New England Witches]]. Thank you.
by Jim Moore G2G6 Mach 1 (13.1k points)
+16 votes
My ansester was Joshua Robert "Brown" Bowen. The notorious Texas outlaw who ran with John Wesley Harden. Their story can be found in "Texas Desperado in Florida" by Jesse Earley Bowhen and William S. Cummings. Brown was hanged for a shooting. Family lore claims Harden committed the crime.
I also have a deserter from the Civil War, two brothers signed up with the same company, did one go home to check on their families? Good question huh? More digging needs to be done!
Oh, the things we find out, like little nuggets of treasure to add interst to those long ago names.
by Lynn Pugh G2G Crew (680 points)
+13 votes
Count me in! I have an ancestor (Sarah Averill Wildes) and two sisters of another (Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Estey) killed in the Salem witch trials.
by Jo Hollingsworth G2G6 Mach 1 (14.6k points)
edited by Jo Hollingsworth
Hi Joanne, welcome to the project!  Please go to the members page and record your research interests there.   There is also a sub-project devoted to the Salem witch trials - you could definitely help there!
I added a comment but I was unable to edit the page and add my name as I don't seem to have editing rights to the page.
+14 votes

I'm interested in contributing to the Witch Trials project. I have information from the Descendents of Ancient Windsor Newsletter about the exoneration of two women who were hanged in 1647 and 1654 for witchcraft. The article also includes additional resources.

by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 4 (44.8k points)
Brilliant, Victoria, we would love to have you as a member of the project.  Please feel free to work on any profiles relating to witches that take your interest.
Ack! May 8 I posted and I have filled in the information! Meanwhile, as I was fishing for information in the North Carolina State Archives, I happened upon a Bible entry for John Hawthorne and his wife, who were caught up in the Witch trials, escaped from prison, made a triumphant return to Salem years later. Must get busy and document this information.
Necroposting here ... but it turns out my seventh great-grandfather was Bartholomew Gedney. Only one semi-known ancestor, and it would have to be him. Now I'm really worried about the unknown austrians on my mom's side....
+12 votes
I am very interested in joining!


Margaret Ruiz
by Margaret Mujica-Ruiz G2G1 (1.6k points)
+13 votes
I would like to join the Witch Trials project.  My 7th great grandfather was [[Calef-2|Robert Calef]], who opposed the Salem Witch Trials, and I'd like to help research his ancestors and descendants.
by Heather Wood G2G Crew (900 points)
+11 votes
I would like to join the Black Sheep project, I find them very interesting and have several in my family. Thank you
by Carmen Schweitzer G2G Crew (960 points)
+11 votes
I want to be on the black sheep project, please, and thank you.
by Carmen Schweitzer G2G Crew (960 points)
Welcome to the project Carmen - can you go to the Project Members Interest Page and let us know your research interests?  Thanks!
+12 votes
I would like to join this project. Thank you in advance!
by Greg Bowman G2G2 (2.0k points)
+12 votes
Hello hello! I'd like to join the Black Sheep project (specifically for the Hatfield and McCoy group)
by Michelle Paul G2G Crew (560 points)
+12 votes

I would like to join this project. I just added Anne Dieu-le-Veut and Laurens de Graff. I still need to fill in their biographies - they are pirates, so I linked them to the Pirate category. 

by Laurie Power G2G4 (4.4k points)
Hi, welcome to the project, be sure to register your research interests on the project members page, thanks!
+12 votes
Yes, I would like to join the Black Sheep Project.  I have several Black Sheep in the family including a pirate and several "traitors".

by Michael Taylor G2G1 (1.3k points)
Hi, welcome to the project, be sure to register your research interests on the project members page, thanks!   the Pirates and Spies and Traitors projects would welcome your help!
+12 votes
My interests are in the Spies,, which falls under this project I am told.

I added two profiles to this weeks show case for Spies ...

May I have the badge please if I qualify?  Thanks.
by Sandra Davidson G2G6 Pilot (179k points)
welcome to the project Sandra
+12 votes
I am interested in join the Witch Trials project.  I am descendant of Winifred King Benham (last witch tried in CT) and Mary Perkins Bradbury who was involved in the Salem trials. Thanks!
by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (192k points)
Hi Caryl, be sure to register your interests on the project members page.  The witches project would welcome any contributions you might be able to make especially - thanks!
+14 votes

Yes, very interested in this project ... especially Witch Trials, Bootleggers and Moonshiners!

by Patty LaPlante G2G6 Pilot (110k points)

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