Is there a project that covers these pre-1700 people?

+5 votes

Is it a requirement to join a "Group"?   
I want to help contribute to the deep genealogy on our shared tree.  I have worked on Bartlett, Knowles, Noles, Hostetler, Hochstetler, Pitman, and many others while researching family and trying to help connect branches. 

1.) Geographical region and time period:   As far back as I can discover published sources. 

2.) Some example names and dates:  Primarily the USA

3.) Source(s) for my information on them:  Published sources, books, state historical records, and family histories. For samples, please feel free to check out the WikiTree Space pages reference in the Bartlett Study , and on my own profile page. 

Before I continue adding and changing profiles, I do have some questions initiated or triggered by the requirement to post here.  

Is it your intention to say that a single person cannot work on adding profiles, editing profiles, without joining another group? And so, how do I get in touch with the project members to coordinate and collaborate on the profiles? I am the person in charge of a study, well, two studies.
Are we talking the Bartlett Study? Or the Pitman Study? I can turn it over to someone who wants to run it instead of me if that is your requirement. 

Do I take it you do not want me to add or edit profiles without being in a group? What if I am the only person interested in a branch? What if only one other person is interested? Does that mean I should give up adding data? Does it mean you have a special crew to go through and evaluate my worthiness?
Do I need to orphan all profiles I have taken on that may overlap or be of interest to pre-1700?
I admit to being confused over the constant referral to go join a group.I realize it is not personal to me, but it would help to know if  that is your intention. I work with the public during the day, and really enjoy having quiet time. I may research at 1 AM, and then get up and go to work.  I don't want to wait to save data on a profile until I can run it by a committee. 

I realize I may enjoy seeing a profile written in a different format than another person, and that as an overall community, we need to be patient and cooperate with others.
Please let me know. I had previously thought the intention here was to connect and provide good data, and that it was not required to "Group", but was available in some instances. Just be honest. Let me know if I just need to go elsewhere. 

WikiTree profile: Ephraim Blaisdell
in The Tree House by Sherry Bartlett G2G6 Mach 2 (27.9k points)
edited by Sherry Bartlett

4 Answers

+7 votes
Best answer
The main point is that ancestors born before 1700 are likely shared by many, many of us and we want to cut down on duplicates, erroneous parents and that sort of thing.  Please do not be discouraged from working on well-sourced profiles.  No one is required to join any group.  In fact, you do not have to belong to a project to slap on the appropriate template, such as PGM.
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (646k points)
selected by Sherry Bartlett
Thank you, Lucy!
+3 votes
There is no requirement to join a group in order to work on profiles. I worked on PGM profiles for about six months before I joined the group.

Remember when working on project profiles that sources are required especially of the better variety. For a PGM or Mayflower profile, Millenium files and Yates publishing stuff do not count as sources. There are so many better sources available as you know.

As you add to any profiles, but especially those that are already well done, ask yourself: does what I'm adding add value to the profile.

It's very easy to communicate, when needed, with most projects these days simply by leaving comments on project profiles.

Consider yourself pre-1700 coordinating and you can ignore that message from now on.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
+1 vote
You do not need to be a member of a project in order to create or update profiles, but you should be aware of what projects said profiles would fall under.

Sometimes there are specific naming standards or other rules that we should follow even when not members of the project. Euroaristo and Dutch/Swedish/Finnish patronyms come to mind first.

Some projects also have lists of approved sources that you should be aware of , and that could help you find further/better sources.
by Juha Soini G2G6 Pilot (107k points)
+1 vote

Hi Sherry,

You have some names from the south in your list of ancestors. I would like to invite you to join Southern Colonies project, if you like. This is a first project for many members. 

What if you were to join a project? How would that be different? For one thing, you would add a tag (like Southern_ Colonies) to your profile page so you would get in your g2g feed any questions posted with that tag. That’s a good thing! You can learn a lot of things that way and if you are so inclined, help others. It also helps to stay in touch with changes in formatting and advancements. 

You can add a project tag without joining the project. If you are the least bit curious, you could try adding one. You can always remove it. 

Here is a list of pre-1700 projects. Click on the link for the project and it takes you to the project page.

Below is a link to a list of all the projects.

Thanks for contributing to WikiTree!! Let me know if I can help in any way! 


by Paula J G2G6 Pilot (256k points)

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