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Ancient Royals Profile Conventions

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Project: European Ancient Royals and Aristocrats

This page is a supplement to the naming conventions found in Project: European Ancient Royals and Aristocrats. Because surnames as known in the modern world were rare in the time period before the year 742 -- and because WikiTree's data programming requires a "Last Name at Birth (LNAB)", numerous decisions have been required to assign the most appropriate and useful "LNAB" to profiles of Ancient Royals.

Creation of New Profiles

Only create new profiles for ancient royals and aristocrats when good scholarship confirms their existence.

During the time period before the year 742 there are many legendary persons, or persons whose existence is disputed. Often, a person whose existence is confirmed will be linked to another person whose existence is confirmed via a legendary line of descent comprised only of names. One sometimes sees this phenomenon in popular genealogies such as Geni and Ancestry, without further documentation. Do not create a new profile when the only source is a family tree on a popular genealogy site.

Where the profile of a person who may exist only in legend is already present on WikiTree, provide the best possible documentation of that person, using ==Biography== for the material which is factual and documented, and ==Research Notes== to describe the material which is disputed. (When WikiTree was first created, there were no restrictions on the creation of profiles. The proliferation of non-factual profiles, and the damage this caused to WikiTree, has led to restrictions on who may create and edit pre-1500 profiles, and much greater caution on what is created.)

Where a person whose real existence is not well documented, employ free-space profiles to describe the line of descent and account for the person there.





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