Project: Southern Pioneers

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United States Project

The Southern Pioneer's Project

A Project of WIkiTree Southern US History Post 1776

The Southern Pioneers project is a genealogical testament to our pioneer ancestors who left the original colonial settlements and ventured into the wilderness expanding our early nation's borders. Our mission is to preserve and protect the genealogy of these early pioneer families and to provide accurate connections between those immigrant ancestors and their descendants supported by thorough research, concise documentation and reliable sources.

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How to Join

  1. Contact Post a message to the Southern Pioneer's G2G join post.
  2. Add your name to the Member's List
  3. Add the Southern Pioneer's Project membership sticker to your WikiTree profile.
  4. Add the G2G tag southern_pioneers to your profile page.
  5. Join the Southern Pioneer's Google Group Please include your email address and WikiTree ID when joining.

Project Objectives

Our mission is to preserve and protect the genealogy of early southern pioneer families and to document accurate connections between the immigrant ancestors and descendants based on thorough research, and concise documentation supported by reliable sources.
Here are some of the areas that project team members will be working on:
  • Add to and update resource pages that assist with finding records
  • Connecting Southern lines to their immigrant ancestors
  • Correct errors in descendant profiles and lineages by adding reliable records and sources to profiles. Replace GEDCOM detritus and sources that do not meet project standards or are duplicative.
  • "Proving" parent-child relationships and updating other data that may be questionable, inconsistent or erroneous in Southern Pioneer managed profiles.
  • Highlight profiles that reflect the spirit of these early back country settlers
  • Research, correct and clear Southern Pioneer Project (DBE) "suggestions". There were 460 suggestions for 2,013 profiles on 12 Jun 2022.

Project Teams

In order to work towards our goals, we organise ourselves into teams which fall into the following areas:
  • Project Managed Profile Team
  • Geographic Locale Team - Under development
  • Topical Team - Under development
  • Profile Maintenance Team - Under development
  • Project Membership Team - Under development
  • Project "Pioneer Trail" Team - Under development

Project Box

This code {{Southern Pioneers}} will add the project box to a Southern Pioneer's project managed profile:
Southern Pioneers
... ... ... was part of a Southern Pioneer Family.
Join: Southern Pioneers Project
Discuss: southern_pioneers
The "Southern Pioneer's Project Box" is to only be placed on project approved , project managed profiles by a project leader. This template is not used on your own WikiTree profile to indicate that you are a project member or pioneer descendant. This template is intended for project management use. Contact a project team member for more information or to request the addition of this template to a profile.
PMP - Project Managed Profile
PPP - Project Protected Profile
  • Profiles within the project's scope must meet WikiTree guidelines for project protection.

Project Stickers

For your WikiTree profile

... ... ... is a Project Member of the Southern Pioneers Project.
This code {{Member|Southern Pioneers}} will add the Southern Pioneers Project member sticker to your profile page. You will also be added to the member category :

For your pioneer ancestor's profile

This code {{Southern Pioneers Sticker}} will add a sticker to the profile of your Southern Pioneer ancestor:
... ... ... was part of a Southern Pioneer Family.

Sticker placement

NOTE: Stickers must be placed UNDER the Biography heading and will right justify. Your text will wrap around it just like this.


Project Categories



Upon joining the Southern Pioneer's Project please add your name and interest to our Member's List

Message from your Leader

Please be patient in figuring out which records belong to which person.

How common is it for siblings to have the same first name?

The popular commercial is true, former World Heavyweight Boxing champ and Olympic gold medalist, George Foreman, boasts five sons, all named George. It happens! And there may be more to it than vanity. Depending on the culture, it can be very common for siblings to have the same given name. In the Netherlands and elsewhere, the naming of children adhered to rather strict conventions, and when a child died in infancy, another child in the family might be given the same name as the deceased child. It is not unheard of that the second (and possibly third or fourth) child also died, with the next child in line given the same name. In some cultures all male or female children in a family may be given the same first name but a different second name, and may be known by one or the other at different times in their lives. Also common and almost more difficult to unravel is the instance of cousins with the same name, all living in the same time period in the same general area. The convention of naming children after parents, grandparents, and siblings resulted in more Frances Parkers than you could imagine in late 1800s in South Carolina, and with fathers' also given family names, you might have a dozen or more Frances Parkers sons of Richard Parker in the space of a generation.
A study of naming practices within a given culture at a particular time in history can help researchers better understand and sort out the number of children in a family, their names, birth dates, and place in the family. If a family lived in the same area for a long period of time, parish christening records or other church records can be a good source for verifying the birth, death, and naming of children.[1]

Interesting Stuff


  1. How common it is for siblings to have the same first name?

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