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.