Project: Witch Trials

Categories: Witch Trials Project | Witch Trials

The Witch Trials Project is a Sub- Project of the Black Sheep Project

Welcome to the Witch Trials Project!

Witch Trials occurred throughout Europe and some other parts of the world from about the 15th Century to the late 18th Century resulting in an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 executions. Later, there were some isolated incidents, but nothing like the mass hysteria of the 1600's.

Mission: The Witch Trials Project is to highlight the profiles of anyone that was involved in a witch trial, whether they were the accused, accuser, judge or juror.


How to Join

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This project needs a Project Coordinator. Please contact a project leader if you are interested

Additionally ...

  • You don't have to be related to a participant in a witch trial to join. Anyone with an interest in developing profiles for this project is welcome!
  • Initiate a Trusted List request to be added to our Project Member Page and edit the page by adding your name to the projects you are working on. We use this page to keep up with what is happening on the project.
  • Please see our list of goals for a basic overview of ways you can help.


  1. Add profiles for witch trial participants, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Add the Witch Trials template to the profiles along with any relevant categories. (NOTE: Please notify a project leader if/when you add the Witch Trials template, as the project needs to co-manage the profile when our template is added to the profile).
  6. Contact one of the project leaders to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect them from an incorrect merge.
  7. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
  8. Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection.

How You Can Help

  1. See the project space page for a list of trials throughout history and add any relevant profiles. Currently, we have only added a space page for the Salem Witch Trials. Pages need to be created and developed for other witch trials and profiles added accordingly.


... ... ... was involved in the Salem Witch Trials.
Join: Witch Trials Project
Discuss: witch_trials

If you are working on a Witch Trial profile, when you edit you can place a template on the profile directly above the biography heading. The template parameters allow you to add the place of the Witch Trials. Copy and paste:

{{Witch Trials|Salem}}

NOTE that when the template is added, the project must adopt the profile and be a co-manager. Please notify a project leader if/when you add the project template to a profile.


This sticker identifies and recognizes the profiles of people who were accused of witchcraft or were involved in witch trials.
... ... ... was executed for witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials

You can find several other stickers: Witch Trial Stickers

Stickers should be placed within the profile's biography, beneath the Biography heading and before the Sources heading.


Category:Witch Trials
Category:Accused Witches of New England
Category:Witchcraft Accusers of New England
Category:Salem Witch Trials
Category: Accused Witches of England
Category: Accused Witches of Scotland
Category: Accused Witches of Norway

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