Project: European Aristocrats
New members welcome. Contact John
Project Contacts and Participants
- If you would like to be involved in this project, please do the following:
- Add euroaristo to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
- Answer our joining question on the G2G indicating your area of interest.
- Add your name to the list here, along with a note about what you're currently working on for this project. Be sure to date it.
- Add the following line to the Biography section of your profile:
- [[Category:European Aristocrats Project]]
Notes for Project Members
It's important to remember that the Profiles managed by the project ancestors are massively common. That is, hundreds of thousands of WikiTree members will share them. Working these profiles, with accuracy, can be tricky, requires a high degree both of genealogical knowledge and familiarity with WikiTree procedures. Sourcing and collaboration is key to the success of this project. Project Members share a responsibility to drive accuracy through these profiles are we all depend on them.
- On joining the project it is strongly recommended that you work through later year profiles. This will give you a feel and understanding for the requirements of the project, in particular sourcing requirements and naming conventions.
- Following this, and to allow you to work on earlier years profiles, WikiTree is going to require you first take and pass a certification test, which is available here. This "test" is not too onerous but will introduce you to additional features and requirements that may be new to you. This test is essential to work on profiles between 1500 and 1700.
- *Royals are/were the monarchs and their immediate family. See the following Wiki article re: royalty: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_family
- *Nobles are/were the highest social class and generally held land or an office in exchange for allegiance and services to a monarch or higher-ranking nobleman. See the following Wiki article re: nobility: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobility
- *Aristocrats are/were persons with elevated social status and generally held titles granted by a monarch. See the following Wiki article re: aristocracy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristocracy_(class)
- *Gentry are/were persons with elevated social status, often called ladies and gentlemen, without noble titles, but normally in families with a coats of arms and possession of lands (including the lordship of a manor). See the following Wiki article re: gentry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentry
- We use the G2G forum for our discussions of project matters. Please don't hesitate to ask for help with tracing your family-history back to the aristocratic families of medieval Europe; we've developed a great many consensus standards and best practices that we hope you'll learn to use in your own efforts. All posts to the G2G forum need to be tagged with euroaristo in order for them to be brought to the attention of the project members.
- For the naming standards, see Name Fields for European Aristocrats . All users are encouraged to also read WikiTree's guidelines on Name Fields. 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 tag it with euroaristo. You also should feel free to contact John.
Profile Management Information
Profiles are managed by a small number of managers. Management of 300+ year old profiles is treated differently than that of more modern profiles. For more information on this click here. Please understand that these profiles were created by many users and collaborated on by the EuroAristo group. Profile managers are not responsible for accuracy or content (though of course we try to improve it when we can).
Many of the discussions in this project are about what last name to use for a noble family (hereinafter referred to as a 'house'). Once the group has discussed and chosen a name, a project participant will become that house's manager (see the list Category:European_Aristocrats_House_Assignments|here. The house manager is the primary person working on merges for that house.
We have a large number of profiles that were created, and new ones that continue to be created, with the wrong information in the Last Name at Birth (LNAB) field. We need to have people identify these profiles, bringing them to the attention of a leader with the ability to correct the LNAB field. These profiles include those that have a prefix or preposition, such as de, le, of, l' as part of their LNAB (for example, le Bigod in LNAB field needs to be changed to Bigod, and then Current Last Name (CLN) field changed to le Bigod).
We are in the process of improving the multitude of sub-categories. If you have a suggestion for a category, post a notice on the G2G forum and tag it with euroaristo.
United Kingdom Nobility and Aristocracy
The United Kingdom project, in conjunction with Euroaristo, maintains five Peerages and one Baronetcy. The detail is managed under Honours and Awards of the United Kingdom:
- The Peerage of England — all titles created by the Monarchs of England before the Act of Union in 1707.
- The Peerage of Scotland — all titles created by the Monarchs of Scotland before 1707.
- The Peerage of Ireland — titles created for the Kingdom of Ireland before the Act of Union of 1801.
- The Peerage of Great Britain — titles created for the Kingdom of Great Britain between 1707 and 1801.
- The Peerage of the United Kingdom — most titles created since 1801.
- All Baronetcies are maintained under one Category group: Baronets
An Additional Peerage was created during the Jacobite period in British history. This is maintained on wikitree as The Jacobite Peerage. This had no legal authority in the United Kingdom and thus Peers created under the Peerage are not regarded as Nobility. They may have been recognised as such by other nations, notably France and The Papal States.
Profile Maintenance and LNAB Selection
- Space: Sources-The Middle Ages. WikiTree list of sources from Antiquity to the 1900s.
- Cyndi's List - Royalty & Nobility. Links to websites, mailing lists, etc., with a focus on royalty. There's also a subcategory specifically for Europe.
- Wiki article re: British nobility: British nobility
- Wiki article re: Irish nobility: Irish nobility
- Wiki article re: French nobility: French nobility
- Wiki article re: Spain royalty: Spanish royalty
- Wiki article re: Peerage: Peerage.
- Older discussions on the Google Group. We use G2G for discussions now, but the archives are still very useful.
Please refer to this page with regard to sources: Reliable Sources
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