How far down the tree should people be tagged as Nantucket Founders and Descendants?

+1 vote

I am a descendant of several Nantucket Founders, but my 4th great grandparents left Nantucket in the 1760s.  Should I tag myself and my ancestors as "Nantucket Founders and Descendants" even if they were born hundreds of years after the family left Nantucket?

asked in Policy and Style by Glenn York G2G Crew (500 points)
Fuller answer given, but I think in your case, any family in your 4th ggfather's generation and successor generations should not have the designation. They are so far removed from the founding event, and also probably so numerous, that the designation confers no real meaning at all.

As for me. as expanded in my answer, I would not use that category for any generation after the founder's grandchildren, even if they continued to dwell in the settlement for which the category is used.

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+3 votes

Probably someone will have a better answer, but I'll give my opinion: The founder's grandchildren are the last generation most likely to have known the founder in real life, and to have experienced the beginnings of the settlement, which would qualify them to deserve a founder's descendant note. Following that, the founding of the settlement is simply history.

My 4th great-grandfather was a UEL (United Empire Loyalist), and is on the official list compiled by the UEL organization. His son, born in Vermont, and who went to Canada as a young child, and as an adult served in the Ontario militia during the War of 1812, is not listed as UEL, even though he is a descendant. 

In full disclosure, it is my personal belief that categories are way over used in WikiTree, and that categories should be used only when genealogically meaningful. or can help research. For instance, I might search the category "Mendon: Massachusetts" for families that might have interacted or married into my family who lived there in the early 1700s. On the other hand, the category "Left-handed pipe fitters" really is meaningless for genealogy research, and should not be here on WT. 

answered by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (126k points)

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