Help:Christening, Baptism, and Burial Fields

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Why doesn't WikiTree have more database fields?

Many WikiTreers have asked for additional data entry fields. The most commonly requested fields are:

  • Christening/Baptism Date
  • Christening/Baptism Location
  • Burial Date
  • Burial Location or Cemetery

There are good reasons to add these fields. You might want to organize, sort, or search for people based on these dates or locations. That's only possible with a database field. Also, since other family tree systems often track these as fields, we could import them more cleanly when processing GEDCOMs.

However, the "wiki" way to keep data is inside the text of the page. This provides more flexibility. It is what we recommend.

We have not ruled out adding additional database fields in the future, but it is highly unlikely we will add christening, baptism, or burial fields.

Creating the fields would only be the first step. We would need to adjust the import and export processing for GEDCOMs, adjust the "diff"/Changes tracking, and change how new profiles are created, edited, and displayed. This is all before the fields become useful for anyone. To be useful, we would also need to incorporate the new dates and locations into FindMatches and our other matching systems, person searches, surname indexes, and/or Watchlists.

To be most useful, a christening/baptism date would be used as a substitute for birth date when the latter is not available. The same for burial date and death date. Burial locations would need to be treated as substitutes for birth or death location.

We already have a special way to substitute christening, baptism, or burial dates or locations for birth and death dates and locations: the status indicators. If a birth or death date or location is not known, enter the christening, baptism or burial date or location and mark is as "uncertain" or use the "before" or "after" indicators.

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