Project: United Kingdom

Categories: United Kingdom | United Kingdom Project

The United Kingdom Project is a "Top Level" project that encompasses sub-projects for England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and various Crown Dependencies. It serves a central directory of all that is going on in the sub-projects.


Welcome to the United Kingdom Project

Are you interested in the United Kingdom Project?
Add your name to the list on the United Kingdom Project Member Interests page, let us know what your UK |research interests are and how you would like to contribute to the project


This project is the effort of a group of WikiTree users interested in profiles related to the United Kingdom, including England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and various Crown Dependencies through history.

Project members can take primary responsibility for relevant profiles or family groups and work on merging duplicates, cleaning up profiles, adding sources, and removing incorrect information. Members can join various sub-projects of specific interest or seek support from the project Leadership if it is believed a research topic is not adequately covered.


For each Profile:

  • All duplicates merged into lowest number
  • All profiles containing appropriate source material
  • Relevant Categories added where required
  • Relevant Template added
  • Biography cleaned up and written, using the WikiTree Style Guide (can work with Profile Improvement Project for help)

In some cases, where there is dispute or there are issues that are difficult to resolve, for example, it may be necessary to manage change through an interest group. In these cases it might require a Profile to be Project Protected. Please discuss with a Leader if this is thought necessary.

In some cases, such as pre-1500 profiles, it may be necessary to gain assistance from a Leader to help amend profiles. Please discuss the requirement with a Project Lead.

How do I help?

The project covers all aspects associated with the UK. The scope is vast and there is room for improvement in all periods and areas. So where should one begin?

  • The best place to start is with your own ancestors. Run over the profiles of your own, and connected, profiles and see if you can improve them. Look to:
    • Add dates if they are not there. If the dates are estimated please add the {{Estimated Date}} feature.
    • Add sources if they are not on the profile. Otherwise add {{Unsourced}}
    • Check the LNAB (Last Name at Birth). If it is not there, see if you can find it. If you know it then please send a message to the Profile manager, with a source, and they can change it. If you get no response, please message one of the Project Leads.
    • Use on-line citations where there are facts that are essential for family research, birth, marriages and children are key.
    • Build a bio that provides, as a minimum, enough information to ensure the profile does not get incorrectly merged.
    • Add Categories where you can. These are a useful tool that collates profiles into like groups thus helping "cousins" find profiles.
  • Remember, BMD registers are when the event was registered, not when it happened. This is particularly important when it comes to Birth Date. Wikitree does not recognise this when GEDCOMs are uploaded, see

There is no such thing as a perfect Profile but you may like to look at Samuel Plimsoll which was a Profile to which there were several contributors.

United Kingdom Project Google Community

See: Google Community for a location for project members and others to comment or raise issues regarding the project. Our G2G location is the best place to post queries regarding research.

United Kingdom Sub-Projects

A number of these projects also have sub-projects:

  • Scots in Foreign Service deals with those Scots that served in Foreign Armies between the 12th Century and the Acts of Union in 1707.
  • Scots Abroad deals with the Scottish migration that took place between the 12th Century and the Acts of Union in 1708. There are other projects on Wikitree that deal specifically with migration to Americas and migration to Australia and New Zealand.

The list of sub-projects will vary from time to time as some will be combined. See Projects currently under consideration for Scotland and Projects currently under consideration in Ireland.

There are two distinct Name Study projects managed separately to this project:

  • The Scottish Clans project which deals with those families originating in Scotland; and
  • The Irish Roots project which deals with those families of Irish descent.
  • Name studies for England and Wales are managed under the national sub-project.

The UK project also coordinates closely with the European Aristocrats project for Aristocracy and Nobility.

British Isles and British Crown Dependencies

Point of Contact for British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories is - To be advised.

British Overseas Territories

Wikipedia British Overseas Territories

Caribbean Interests

Commonwealth of Nations

Commonwealth of Nations

Emigration from UK and Ireland

Immigration (and Emigration)

British Home Children

BMD Records of the Church of England, the Presbyterian Church, the British Consulate on Madeira and the City Administration of Funchal.


  • Template:United Kingdom - Used only for profiles managed by Project:United Kingdom This includes Wales, England & Scotland. Not for use on Scottish Clans, or Irish Roots due to them having their own template.

How to create new UK Place Categories

First of all double check a category for your new place does not already exist.

Any problems with these instructions please contact Maria Maxwell

Please note there are variations in locality structure by country.

For England use [[Category: <place>, <County> See Counties of England for counties.

  • 1. Enter e.g [[Category:Burnham on Sea, Somerset ]] at the top of the bio box (normally just above the heading "Biography.") Click on Save.
  • 2. The link to xxx, Somerset will be in red.

For Scotland: See Categorisation Guidance

For Wales: See Categorisation guidance

Fir Ireland: See Irish Counties

  • 3 Click on Save.
  • 4 Click on the red text - this will open up a page for Category:xxx,xxx - It says something like "this category does not exist yet" ----
  • 5. Scroll down until a large box appears (something like the text box in a personal profile )
  • 6. In that box type in a link to the County Category e.g. Category:Northumberland (make sure you use the [[ ]] brackets this time. You can type any text here e.g a link to Wikipedia page, history of the village, photos of the place etc
  • It is very important that categories for cities,towns and villages are linked to their County category page. If this is not done then the new place category will not be listed on the County page.
  • 7. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Save Page." -
  • You have now created the new place category. There will be a link to your ancestor's profile shown, also a link to the County category page e.g Category:Northumberland.
  • 8. The County page will have a link to the new town/village category.

WikiTree United Kingdom Resources

Universities, Colleges and Schools in the United Kingdom

  • England Universities

External United Kingdom Resources

BMD and Census sources

Military and Civil Service Links

Genealogy Resources

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