Update on Yorkshire county category

+20 votes
Thank you to everyone for your patience while Yorkshire has been reconstructed. We hope that the new format will be more user-friendly, but, for good genealogical reasons, we have retained the three Ridings division as well. The reason for the [Yorkshire, Places] category was to prevent the swamping of other non-place categories by the 700+ places. Where there were one or more places of the same name, the agreed term ‘near’ has been used. It took a lot of research of the profiles to select the right one and, if you find an error, please do let us know. There are no more categories buried within others and all are at the same level.

You should now look for any place in the alphabetical Places category, or, if you know the Riding, you can search there. If you cannot find the correct place, please contact the Yorkshire Team Leader and request the place to be made.

Some place categories still have a large amount of excess information in them. The purpose of categories is to group profiles, not to provide a gazetteer. If you feel that there is real value to Wikitree in that information it would be appropriate to create a free space page for it and link that to the place.

We hope to complete the full range of links to Vision of Britain in the near future. There will still be places that have no historical record there. It would seem sensible to have a brief statement of where and what those places are at the top of the category. The same goes for a brief statement of changes in geography e.g. from West Riding to South Yorkshire. If you are in any doubt about more modern area names, please consult the map linked on the main Yorkshire page.

We are still considering  the position of [York, Yorkshire]. It currently appears in Yorkshire, Places but not in one of the ridings. There are many churches and other genealogy related places in York and it may deserve a more prominent place. One suggestion would be to have a category [City of York] in [Yorkshire] and place [York, Yorkshire] in there as well.

We do not imagine that such a huge undertaking is error-free. Please do get in touch with any that you find or with any suggestions for further improvements. Our thanks to those who have already done that.
in The Tree House by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (258k points)
I think your suggestion about treating the City of York as a category in its own right makes some sense.  I have a profile for someone in Nether Poppleton. I am not sure where to put the Nether Poppleton Category.

There is no problem with Nether Poppleton. You have already created [[NP, Yorkshire]] as per advice and linked it to [[Yorkshire, Places]].

Now just link it to [[West Riding of Yorkshire]] as well to keep everyone happy.

That is one reason I'm not happy with the idea of the City, because other places will pop up in it and spoil the system.

5 Answers

+12 votes
Thank you Martin for all the work you have done on the Yorkshire categories. As a "Yorkshire Lass", I must admit I did not want to see the Ridings disappear from the category structure. They are an important part of our history and should be retained, even though many people do not understand them. At the same time, I have to admit that Yorkshire was in a mess. When I first came to WikiTree, I did not bother to categorise a lot of my Yorkshire family because I could not find the places that were buried under the ancient parishes. I think you have reached an excellent compromise with Yorkshire. It must have been a lot of work to sort it all out, but the result should please everyone, even we Yorkshire folk who want to hang on to our Ridings.
by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Pilot (140k points)
+7 votes
Been interesting watching it happen to my hundreds of Yorkshire profiles. Has been a really useful move. Thanks for reminder to check out Nortons etc.
by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (292k points)
You are probably one of those best placed to pick up errors. Any other suggestions welcome.
+6 votes
Thank you, Martin; that was quite the undertaking!
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (970k points)
I hope the undertaker isn't going to arrive yet! :-)
+3 votes
What and extraordinary piece of work, which will free countless lives from a heck of a lot of frustration!  Since I've just started with the England Project, I feel you have handed me a golden key to the kingdom.
by Teresa Conant G2G6 Mach 5 (50.4k points)
+2 votes
Martin, you deserve a million gold stars for all your hard work on UK categories!
by Leigh Murrin G2G6 Mach 3 (32.4k points)

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