Project: British Isles Royals and Aristocrats 1500-Present

Categories: British Isles Royals and Aristocrats 1500-Present Project

New members welcome. Contact Doug

House Assignments
Proper Spelling of Surnames
Name Fields/Standards
EuroAristo Categories


British Isles Royals and Aristocrats 1500 to Present

This project includes people who were royals, aristocrats, and nobles in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales from the 16th century to the present. It's a forum for WikiTree members interested in improving the profiles of the British Isles royalty, aristocrats, and nobility and their descendants. See the links at the end of this page for projects that cover other periods and geographical areas of Europe.

A few definitions:

  • Royals: monarchs and their immediate family. See Wikipedia: Royal family.
  • Nobles: highest social class; generally held land or office in exchange for allegiance and services to monarch or higher-ranking nobleman. See Wikipedia: Nobility.
  • Aristocrats: persons with elevated social status; generally held titles granted by monarch. See Wikipedia: Aristocracy (class).
  • Gentry: persons with elevated social status; often called ladies and gentlemen; without titles or coats of arms. See Wikipedia: Gentry.

An important part of working on the profiles managed by this project is using the name fields consistently, especially the last name at birth. See Name Fields for European Aristocrats. All project members should also be familiar with WikiTree's guidelines on Name Fields in general. If you have a question with regard to what to enter where, ask before doing by posting a question on the G2G forum in Special Projects, and be sure to use the EuroAristo tag. You also should feel free to contact Lianne.

Project Participation euroaristo.gif

The Leaders of this sub-project are Doug Straiton and John Atkinson.

For a full list of participants in all of the European Aristocrats projects, see the badge report.

If you would like to be involved in this project, please do the following:
  1. Add euroaristo to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  2. Answer our joining question on the G2G ( indicating your area of interest.
  3. Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're currently working on for this project.
  4. If you use Google+, join the European Aristocrat Project Community there.

You may also want to check out our older discussions on the Google Group. We use G2G for discussions now, but the archives are still very useful.

Current participants:

House Assignments

You can find a list of managers of the various houses (such as House of Windsor, House of Hanover), as well as houses available for adoption here.

Profile Improvement Checklist

  1. Ask a Leader to project-protect a profile ID to prevent it being merged away.
  2. Add the project box at the top of the profile by putting this text above the Biography heading: {{British Isles 1500-Present}}
  3. Add sources.
  4. Create and/or edit the biography with footnotes, using either a narrative or a timeline style.
  5. Add images as appropriate, such as coats of arms, images of castles, portraits, etc. Make sure you have the right to use the image. For people who have Wikipedia articles, public domain images can often be found there.

Profile Maintenance and LNAB Selection

All project members are required to be familiar with WikiTree's guidelines on Name Fields and specifically the Name Fields for European Aristocrats.

Before any merging can be done, the correct Last Name at Birth (LNAB) must be identified. For members of royal houses this will typically be the house name, in the native language (eg. Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, not the anglicised Saxe-Coburg and Gotha). See Category:Proper Spelling of LNABs for many established LNABs. When in doubt, ask a question in G2G tagged euroaristo.

Once the LNAB has been identified, the lowest numbered ID with that LNAB should be project-protected to prevent it being merged into an incorrect LNAB. At that point, any duplicates can be merged into that profile.

Project Box

The project box below should be added to the biography section of profiles that fall within the project. Copy and paste this code: {{British Isles 1500-Present}} At the same time, be sure to add the project as a PM (profile manager). If you aren't authorized to do this, then contact one of the project managers to do this.

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Guide for Research

There are a few things we suggest you do to participate in this project on WikiTree:

  • Set all profiles to Open for anyone to be able to jump in and help. If the person is still alive (or might be), set the profile to Private with Public Biography and Tree so it can be easily referenced for others working on the same tree.
  • If a profile strikes your fancy, but it is a private one, just send a message to Lianne or the manager (most likely a project member), and we can have you added so you can work on it.
  • If you come across fantastic profiles we can feature (or if you fix/improve on one) in the Profile of the Week or submit to the This Day in History/WikiPick of the Day feature on the blog, please let the rest of us know through any of our communication channels!

THANK YOU for volunteering. This project would be impossible without the incredible volunteers here at WikiTree!


  • Get the right LNAB.
  • Merge duplicate profiles into the project-protected profile.
  • Have all profiles as well-sourced as possible and conforming to the WikiTree Style Standards.
  • Include correct parents, spouse(s), and children.
  • Have appropriate categories applied to profiles.
  • Write a narrative-style biography.

Other European Royalty and Aristocracy Projects

If you are interested in European aristocracy outside of the British Isles, or before 1500, take a look at the other European Aristocrats projects:

Useful Links

England and the U.K. have 5 Peerages:

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