There are many things that we require members to understand before adding or editing profiles of people born before 1700. There are more serious restrictions on adding and editing people born before 1500.
The Pre-1500 Certified badge is required for adding or editing these profiles.
While there are numerous resources that contain information on pre-1500 people, many of these sources are unreliable. Please review our page on reliable resources for pre-1500 research.
As part of the certification process you will be asked to identify a pre-1700 or Project Protected Profile where you have made significant contributions as a practical demonstration of your knowledge of sources and WikiTree style. You will also be asked to provide information on your Pre-1700 project participation and the name of a Project Leader who can confirm your participation as an advanced wiki genealogist.
If you're an experienced genealogist you will probably understand the need for this restriction. And if you're an advanced genealogist who contributes to early profiles on WikiTree you will probably be thankful for it. It means you can spend more time adding to these profiles than correcting mistakes.
Please don't take offense if you are not an advanced wiki genealogist. Medieval genealogy is not as easy as it may seem. Collaborating on a single family tree adds many more complications. We should all be thankful to the patient and generous genealogists who are willing and able to contribute to our shared deep ancestry here.
Awarding the Badge
Requests are submitted to a group of volunteer WikiTree Project Leaders.
Project Leaders deliberate on awarding the badge. Not all Project Leaders have the badge and Project Leaders cannot award it to themselves. It is a group decision.
If you have requested the badge and haven't heard back, or would like to add more information, e-mail the group at wtpre1500review@GoogleGroups.com.
We aim to make decisions on badges within two days. However, this may not always be possible.
Explanations of denials
Deliberations on requests is done on a private e-mail list. Many members would not like to have their contributions discussed in a public forum.
However, we do strive for a fair and objective system. If your request wasn't approved you should have received an explanation that includes suggestions for where you need to improve or expand your knowledge of WikiTree. A denial is never definitive or permanent unless your account has been closed.
If you are not satisfied with the explanation or think it's unfair, you are welcome to post it to G2G for public discussion.
Removal of the badge
A member who has the badge may later have it removed or suspended.
WikiTree Rangers monitor pre-1500 activity fairly closely. If a member is making changes that aren't in accordance with WikiTree styles and standards — some of which are very hard to apply — the badge may be suspended while the member is mentored.
As with denials, mentoring and badge removals are usually done privately, but if you don't feel you are being treated fairly you are welcome to discuss the issue(s) publicly in G2G.
Note that Pre-1500 Certified members are expected to help with pre-1500 profiles on WikiTree. If you are no longer interested in contributing to pre-1500 profiles, the badge should be removed.
Adding Information without Certification
If you don't have the Pre-1500 Certification you can still contribute information about pre-1500 people. We welcome your help.
For some specifics on how to help, please see Pre-1500 Work without a Badge
Please do not add images to pre-1500 profiles without certification.
Pre-1700 profiles cannot be imported through GEDCOMs even when the uploading member has Pre-1700 and Pre-1500 Certification.
Anyone can propose a merge of duplicate profiles. You also don't need Pre-1500 Certification to approve a merge. The standard rules on approvals apply.
However, you need the certification to complete a merge if either person is born before 1500. Before working on these merges, see the help page on project protecting and merging.
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