Help:One Place Studies
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NEW! There is now a One Place Studies Project! Please join us if you're interested in using WikiTree for your one place study!
A one place study (OPS) is a genealogical and historical study of a place. Rather than focusing on a particular family, someone doing an OPS collects genealogical records of everyone who ever lived in their place of interest.
There is a list of existing one place studies here.
Why do a one place study?
One place studies put your family tree in context. They encourage you to look at not only your own ancestors, but their neighbours, and other people they would have spent time with. They also result in a better understanding of the overall history of the place where your ancestors lived.
There are also altruistic reasons for undertaking a one place study. Many records are not available online, and can be difficult to access for people who don't live in the area. Doing a one place study, and putting it online, can allow other researchers to discover branches of their family that could have otherwise cost them a lot of time and money to find.
Putting your one place study on WikiTree
First, you'll want to create a free space page for your place of interest. That page can contain things like a history of the area, photos of landmarks, links to other relevant pages, and information about your OPS. You may want to create separate free space pages for transcriptions of cemeteries, censuses, etc.
Then, of course, there are the people themselves. As you construct family trees for the families that lived in your area of interest, create profiles for them just as you would for your own family. To add a person to WikiTree who isn't connected to an existing profile, click here.
If you get other WikiTreers involved in your one place study, you might want to create a project for it, to coordinate your efforts.
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