Project: European Aristocrats

Categories: European Aristocrats Project

New members welcome. Contact John or Doug

House Assignments
Proper Spelling of Surnames
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EuroAristo Categories
List of Current Houses


European Aristocrats Project

This project is a 'top level' project that oversees a series of sub-projects dealing with Aristocratic and Noble families, of European origin, and their descendants. The definition of Aristocrat applied on wikitree is broad and is intended to ensure ancestors and descendants of aristocratic families are maintained under a project discipline.

The European Aristocrats project has significant reach on wikitree and accuracy and standardisation of these profiles provides one of the pillars of wikitree.

Project Contacts and Participants euroaristo.gif

The leader of the top level project is John Atkinson. For a full list of participants, see the badge report. If John is not available to answer questions please direct them to Doug Straiton.
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 here, along with a note about what you're currently working on for this project. Be sure to date it.
  4. Add the following line to the Biography section of your profile:
[[Category:European Aristocrats Project]]

Sub Projects

By maintaining the Project badge you can participate in any or all of the sub-projects.

They don't have separate badges. They do, however, have separate project templates to be placed on profiles. Follow the links below to go to the projects.

For a listing of all current sub-projects and interest areas see here. You do not need to be a member of any sub-project and you can still assist the project by assisting the project clear its workload which you can find in the Maintenance Categories.

For the period prior to 742

This project has a broad reach and deals with the early years Kingdoms that are found in Europe. The sub-project has a small cadre group and if you are interested in this period in history please click here

For the British Isles in the period from 742-1499

This sub-project deals with the period 742-1499 for the Kingdoms of the British Isles, including what is now England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. It has a number of specific focus groups, which varies from time to time. If you have an interest in this period, please click here

For European nobles and aristocrats other than the British Isles in the period from 742 to 1499

This is a large sub-project that deals with all other nations and Kingdoms that were in Europe during the period. The division of responsibility is generally based on national projects and House assignments but specific groups are formed to consider Kingdoms that may no longer align with modern day boundaries. In this interest you please click here

For British Isles nobles and aristocrats from 1500 to the present

This sub-project deals with modern day aristocrats over the entire British Isles. The sub-project works closely with the United Kingdom project and its sub-projects for aspects such as Peerages and Titles. If this period interests you please click here.

For European nobles and aristocrats other than the British Isles in the period from 1500 to the present

This sub-project is the European counterpart of the above. generally supported by National projects where they exist. If this interests you please click here.

Sub-projects for Houses

The Euroaristo project also maintains House projects. These sub-projects consider, much like a name study, the profiles attached to a particular Noble House. Current projects are managed under European House Assignments.

Notes for Project Members

It's important to remember that the Profiles managed by the project ancestors are massively common. That is, thousands, if not all, 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.
If you have an interest in profiles in the pre-1500 period, you must apply for Pre-1500 certification. This certification is to provide us with assurance that only those that display solid genealogical practises are allowed to work profiles prior to 1500; profiles on which all future profiles depend. To receive the certification, you must have made contributions to pre-1700, demonstrated collaboration through the G2G, and work on project-protected profiles. All of which will demonstrate a practical understanding of the principles behind our Honour Code and Pre-1700 Self-Certification, especially regarding sources and collaboration in high-conflict areas. You will invariably need a sponsor to achieve this certification and you should discuss your interest with one of the Project Leads. You can find a link to read about and apply for the pre-1500 certification here.

*Royals are/were the monarchs and their immediate family. See the following Wiki article re: royalty:
*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:
*Aristocrats are/were persons with elevated social status and generally held titles granted by a monarch. See the following Wiki article re: aristocracy:
*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:

Project Discussions

We use the G2G forum for our discussions of project matters, as well as our Google+ community (see below). 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.

Naming Standards

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, as well as the manager of each sub-project (contact information shown on that project page).

Join the Google+ Community

We have recently started a community on Google + for the European Aristocrats project. We'd love to have you join and participate in the community. Since it's new and just getting started, we need some enthusiastic participants!
Members can communicate with each other through this Google+ Community. This way we can easily share ideas.
Add yourself by clicking over to the group.
In the left column of the G+ Community you'll see an icon for "turn notifications on/off." Be sure it is set to "on" so that you get updates via e-mail.

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).

Current Challenges

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 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.

House Assignments

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

Profile Maintenance and LNAB Selection

All users are encouraged to first read WikiTree's guidelines on Name Fields for European Aristocrats. Then read Name Fields.

Useful Links

England and the U.K. have five Peerages:

  • The Peerage of England — all titles created by the Kings and Queens of England before the Act of Union in 1707: Peerage of England
  • The Peerage of Scotland — all titles created by the Kings and Queens of Scotland before 1707: Peerage of Scotland
  • The Peerage of Ireland — titles created for the Kingdom of Ireland before the Act of Union of 1801, and some titles created later: Peerage of Ireland
  • The Peerage of Great Britain — titles created for the Kingdom of Great Britain between 1707 and 1801: Peerage of Great Britain
  • The Peerage of the United Kingdom — most titles created since 1801: Peerage of U.K.

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