Project: Unknowns

Categories: Profile Improvement Project

Welcome to the Unknowns Project, a sub-project of the Profile Improvement Project focused on gathering Unknowns to be used elsewhere or to help in finding identities for them.



To improve the integrity of WikiTree by identifying and managing profiles without valid names.

How to Join

The Leader for this project is Shirley Dalton. The Assistant Leader is Kelly Bartlett. They can be reached for guidance on improving profiles.

For a full list of current participants, see the badge report.

If you would like to be involved in the Unknowns project, please do the following:

  1. Add profiles and unknowns to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  2. Ask Shirley to add the Profile Improvement Project Member badge to your profile.
  3. Add your name to the "Progress Reports" (this page below) and update it periodically.
  4. You may also add [[Category:Profile Improvement Project]] to your profile page. That will put you on the list on the Project Category page.


  1. Identify all profiles without valid names according to the naming standards at Name Fields.
  2. Remove or Reuse profiles with aliases such as Unknown, Unk, etc., which have no data, are orphaned and have no connections with any other profile.

Use G2G conversations to discuss topics related to the Profile Improvement Project or Unknowns Project. When you do, be sure to add "profiles" and "unknowns" as a tag.

To Do List

  1. Locate profiles using an alias for either Preferred First Name (PFN) or Last Name at Birth (LNAB). Use the Surname Search to find the list for an alias.
    1. Examples of aliases are: Unknown/UNKNOWN, Uk, Unk, Anonymous, FNU, LNU, N, NN, X, XX, XXX, ??, Not sure, Wife, Daughter, Son, etc.
  2. Use Name Fields to determine if alias is being used correctly. See especially the sections: "Use their conventions instead of ours" and "Specific Rules for Individual Name Fields."
  3. Add appropriate categories to profiles as needed. See Task List for steps to follow in determining category.

Maintenance Categories

  • Maintenance Categories - Categories created by the Profile Improvement Project to group profiles in need of specific improvements. Some can be done in a short amount of time, others require more time. There's something for everyone at Profile Improvement.

Unknowns Maintenance Categories


Click on the links to see what the template looks like in use.

Unknowns Template {{Unknowns}}

Templates that don't add a profile to a category
DateGuess Template {{DateGuess}}
Citation needed {{Citation needed}}

Adding Maintenance Categories to Profiles

LongProfiles {{LongProfiles}} or you can add [[Category:Long Profiles in Need of Cleanup]]
More footnotes {{More footnotes}} adds profiles to the [[Category: Profiles Lacking Inline Citations]]
Unsourced See the category to break this into countries and regions.{{Unsourced|Country}} {{Unsourced}}

These Categories don't have templates but to add the Category to a profile in need of improvement:
Use [[Category:Gedcom cleanup required]] to add this category to a profile.
Use [[Category:Needs Merging]] to add this category to a profile.
Use [[Category: Needs Narrative/Bio]] to add this category to a profile.
Use [[Category: Profile style review requested]] to add this category to a profile.
Use [[Category:Serious Data Problems]] to add this category to a profile.

Unknowns Categories to be added to Profiles

Use [[Category:Recycle Unknowns]] to add this category to a profile.
Use [[Category:Unknown Names]] to add this category to a profile.

G2G Tag & Useful pages

The G2G tag for profile improvement Q&A is now "profiles". Some discussions of interest from the old tag (improvement):

The G2G tag for unknowns project Q&A is now "unknowns".

Progress Reports

Beside your name below, please keep track of what you're currently working on for this project. This is both for your own reference, and to aid collaboration amongst the project participants. If you are going to be temporarily inactive in the project (eg. on vacation), please note that here. Thanks!

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