My Sturminster Newton one place study is coming along. More than 4,000 profiles (all sourced) have been added to Wikitree and I've had several people contact me about relatives they've seen for the first time. So far, so good.
As the project grows, I've started to give some thought about who should be included. At the moment I'm working to these rules.
Anyone who has a life event (birth / baptism / christening; marriage; death / burial; or appears in a census) in Sturminster is a "primary" person. So, for example, someone born in London but recorded in a census as a visitor is regarded as a primary person.
For every primary person I will also try to capture their parents and children, their spouse, and their spouse's parents, whether they have any connection to Sturminster or not. They will be regarded as "secondary" people, unless they are primary people in their own right. The purpose of this is to show connections to the rest of the world (to help researchers from elsewhere), without introducing too much creep in the scope.
Does that seem a sensible approach? Or do people have other ideas?
I'm aware that not all families will be treated the same as a result. For example
A (born in Sturminster) marries B (born in Blandford). The marriage takes place in Blandford. A is primary. B is secondary.
A (born in Sturminster) marries B (born in Blandford). The marriage takes place in Sturminster. Both are primary.
The easy way to address this anomaly would be to decide that if either person in a marriage is primary then both are. But that might introduce a little more creep.
I'm also thinking that a Sturminster Newton one place study category should only be applied to primary people.