Project: Witch Trials

Categories: Witch Trials

The Black Sheep Project and the Witch Trials sub-project have been dissolved. The profiles in this sub-project can now be found under their corresponding categories (see categories and space pages below)

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.



  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 appropriate Witch Trials Sticker to profiles along with any relevant categories.
  6. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
  7. 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.




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

Project Pages


5-Star Profiles/What to do


  • Check that facts are sourced. Try to find sources for ones that aren't. Including family members
  • If there aren't dates/locations, see if you can find them and add with sources. If you can't find them, it would be helpful to add notes about where you searched so that others don't have to repeat your efforts.


  • Check if there are any duplicate family members and propose merges when necessary.



  • See if you can add photographs, pictures, maps or other visual items.
  • Add categories, project templates, stickers and/or succession boxes if appropriate.

5-Star Witches/Witchcraft Profiles

ID-name View Count who's working it Notes '
Mary Estey (Towne) (1621) 5131
Rebecca Nurse (Towne) (1634) 7069
Sarah Cloyes (Towne) aka Bridges, Cloyce, Clayes (1642) 2522
William Meeker 6649 He is finished. I re-wrote the biography, hopefully in chronological order. Then removed paragraphs copied from Rootsweb, but left links and incorporated information with sources. Selvaggio-84

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