Project: Magna Carta
|Artist rendering of King John reluctantly signing Magna Carta,|
overseen by barons and abbots.
Magna Carta (Great Charter) was an agreement on 15 June 1215 between John, King of England, and twenty-five rebellious barons, establishing certain limits on the authority of the king. For centuries thereafter, it was considered a foundation of English law.
The ideals of Magna Carta inspired notions of individual liberty in the charters of the English colonies in North America, and later the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
How to Join
- Leaders: David Douglas, Liz Shifflett
For Questionable Trails: Joe Cochoit, John Schmeeckle
Join the project's Leadership Team - see openings below.
- Answer our G2G welcome post to join the Magna Carta project and get a badge.
- Add magna_carta to your followed tags.
- We use Magna Carta Google group for communication.
- Check out our maintenance categories for our project needs, then jump in and start helping!
- Here is the Magna Carta project's Error List. Working on these is a great way to contribute.
- Re-read the project page, especially the four points under Getting Started.
- Add [[Category:Magna_Carta_Project]] to your profile page.
- See requirements for membership at Magna Carta Project Members.
- Go to Base Camp and pick a trail to start working on from the third table, "Magna Carta Trails Ready to Get Started!!!" - post a comment at Base Camp that you're taking it on.
The Magna Carta Project exists to categorize and improve profiles of the twenty-five medieval barons who were surety for Magna Carta; about two hundred proven American colonial Gateway Ancestors who were their descendants; and the documented lineages that connect them. We documented and improved over seventy lineages, and hundreds of profiles on these Magna Carta Trails prior to the 800th anniversary celebration of Magna Carta in June 2015. Although the celebration is over, we continue working on the remaining Trails.
If you would like to help improve Magna Carta-related profiles on WikiTree and develop trails from Magna Carta Surety Barons to Gateway Ancestors, we'd love to have you join us! (First - please review the four points Getting Started)
Being a Member of the Magna Carta Project
The Magna Carta Project is not for the faint of heart, but it offers a unique opportunity to collaborate and learn. Magna Carta trails will take you from British colonial immigrants in the New World (New England, Early Pennsylvania Settlers, the Southern Colonies) to nobles in the British isles from the Renaissance and Reformation all the way back to the High Middle Ages. The research skills needed in each area and era are quite different.
Between the seventeen surety barons with descendants, and the two hundred or so known colonial Gateway Ancestors, each trail averages fifteen to twenty generations. This means we have an estimated several thousand profiles needing our attention—not to mention their immediate families (parents, spouses/partners, and children)—everything from basic date and parentage validation and sourcing, to more elaborate dispute resolution and biographies! Fortunately, the trails overlap as we work back into history, so we can work together on those shared ancestors. No matter what your experience level is today, you'll be amazed at how much you can learn about genealogy on this project!
- To have a reviewed/approved trail from every Gateway Ancestor to a Magna Carta Surety Baron.
- To have a reviewed/approved trail from all 17 Magna Carta Surety Barons with descendants who immigrated to America.
- See the Descendant pages (click the links provided in the Index of Surety Barons to Gateway Ancestors).
Magna Carta Project members must be comfortable creating rigorous, sourced profiles; thoughtfully handling ambiguous and disputed information; and interacting courteously with less-experienced PMs and editors who may, understandably, have passionate feelings about their family's lineage. If you'd like to join the project, or want to understand better what we do, start here:
- Find a completed trail on Base Camp and review it from end to end to see the scope of our members' work.
- Review the guidelines for our and related projects.
- Read "Evolution of a Profile" to see the process of editing a profile up to our project standards.
- Review the entries in the third table, Magna Carta Trails Ready to Get Started!!! at Base Camp to see if there are any you'd be interested in working on. Many candidate trails will link up to research already completed by other project members, which makes them a great starting point for newbies.
Having done that, you'll have a better appreciation of what you're signing up for, and you can start your Magna Carta journey with confidence! See the How to Join section for your next steps.
Editing Pre-1700 and Project Protected Profiles
If you have encountered a profile that is protected by the Magna Carta Project, or a pre-1700 profile that is related to Magna Carta, you are not required to join the project to edit the profile, but we do ask you to collaborate with us on your proposed changes. We will be happy to work with you!
There are a lot of questionable royal ancestries. Even those published in books may not be proven. Even those with primary sources may not use the evidence accurately. In some cases, the real-life facts might not be knowable today. This can be frustrating, even (especially) for experienced researchers. Please don't take it personally if your favorite ancestors or facts aren't accepted!
- The Magna Carta badge report lists all current members of the Magna Carta project. To see what project members are working on, check out the badge feed. The project also has Affiliate members, who join the project's Profile Alerts Google Group to help oversee project-managed & -monitored profiles of interest to them (see this category for affiliates).
- Leader: David Douglass, project coordinator for
- membership & recruitment
- Leader: Liz Shifflett, project coordinator for
- Project Coordinators for Review of Uncertain Connections and Questionable Trails
- needed: leader/project coordinator for
- research (to make sure we stay on the right track & help coordinate research needs)
- needed: leader/project coordinator for
- tutoring (matching new members with more experienced members who can help them acclimate to the project)
- Our primary collaboration space is our Base Camp, where you can see what's being worked on now, and opportunities to help out.
- Browse or follow the magna_carta for project-related questions and discussion.
- A comment posted on the project profile (WikiTree-36) will be sent as an e-mail to project members and affiliates who have signed up to receive e-mails from the project's Google Group (the project's discussion space on Google+ is no longer used).
Magna Carta Project participants (and editors) are expected to be thoroughly familiar with the WikiTree Style Guide and must qualify for the Pre-1700 Badge. We are not part of the European Aristocrats Project ("EuroAristo"), but many Magna Carta profiles fall in both jurisdictions; our members must understand their project standards and coordinate with them where appropriate.
Magna Carta Ancestry and Royal Ancestry by Douglas Richardson are the foundational sources for the Magna Carta Project. Where there is a conflict regarding the facts on a profile, we follow Richardson, unless there is more recent published research that adds to or corrects his work.
The European Aristocrats project uses as its foundational source the Medieval Lands database, maintained by the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy and based on the published works of Charles Cawley. The Puritan Great Migration project uses the Great Migration series by Robert Charles Anderson. These are also accepted as definitive sources for Magna Carta profiles.
Please see the Project Resources page for many more helpful books, websites, and other sources of information.
We follow the EuroAristo naming standards except for Welsh profiles that follow the Cymru project's naming guidelines. EuroAristo's standards include using the preferred spelling from Medieval Lands for the LNAB and Richardson's spelling, if different, as an Other Last Name.
- Magna Carta Base Camp
- Magna Carta Sources
- Magna Carta Project Members
- Space:Trail Tracks (Gateway Guardians, Trail Tenders, and Surety Specialists)
- Magna Carta Templates and Usage
- Magna Carta Stickers
- Magna Carta Gateway Ancestors
- Magna Carta Popular Errors
- Category:Magna Carta
- Category:Magna Carta Questionable Gateway Ancestors
- Category:Prospective Magna Carta Gateway Ancestors
- Category:Magna Carta Profiles (a maintenance category)
- Category:Magna Carta Project Maintenance Categories
- Older pages that may be out of date:
Pages that link here: Usage of Project:Magna_Carta
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