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Tags in the G2G Forum
Each question in G2G can have up to 6 tags to identify the topic(s) of the question. Members who follow a particular tag will see activity in that tag in the G2G activity feeds they receive (see Special:Following to add or remove a followed tag).
Surnames are always good tags to use for a question that seeks or offers information on a particular family name. This page describes recommendations regarding use of other types of tags in G2G.
Proper G2G Tags
These Tags listed are endorsed for use in G2G and should not be changed or removed if they are used appropriately. These Tags should be added to relevant posts that lack appropriate tags. Listing here is intended to clarify the preferred spelling and intended purposes and uses of each tag.
"Official" WikiTree Tags
Challenges - used for challenges on WikiTree
Closed_Bug - Reserved for use by the WikiTree Team.
how_to_wikitree - Reserved for use by Mentors, Project Leaders, Project Coordinators, and the Team - indicates a post about how to use WikiTree correctly. Most other posts on the general subject of "how to wikitree" should be placed in the WikiTree Help category in G2G; with tags related to the specific subject(s) of the post or Tips, as appropriate.
Improvements - referring to suggestions or requests for improvements to WikiTree - Eliminate or replace: Improvement, Improvements, Suggestion, Suggestions, Ideas, etc.
Introduction - Reserved for members to introduce themselves on G2G.
Livecast - Used for announcements and discussions of WikiTree weekly livecasts.
Milestones - Reserved for use mostly by Project Leaders to track major WikiTree milestones.
Proposals - Reserved for official proposals to [Help:Developing_New_Rules develop new rules]
Research_Assistance - Reserved for posts offering research assistance to others.
Tracked_Bug - Reserved for use by the WikiTree Team.
Tracked_Gedcompare - Reserved for use by the WikiTree Team.
Tracked_Improvements - Reserved for use by the WikiTree Team.
Weekend_Chat - referring to a weekly "Chat" post in G2G where members communicate and express themselves.
Wonderful_Wikitreers - used by the Appreciation Team and others to recognize those doing awesome things for others or achieved a certain goal for themselves. These would go in the new "Appreciation" category!
Tags Used by WikiTree Projects
These tags have been identified by WikiTree Projects for use in connection with project-related topics. Because Project Leaders and Coordinators are following these tags, and it is recommended that project members follow them, consistent use of these tags promotes project effectiveness.
1776 - used by the 1776 Project. Use for people involved in the early history of the United States of America, circa 1773 through 1789 (from the Boston Tea Party to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution), including but not limited to American Founding Fathers and people with military service with any party to the American Revolutionary War. This is the primary tag for G2G items related to these events.
Anglo_Boer_War - Used by Project: Anglo Boer War-Anglo Boere Oorlog 1899-1902, a subproject of the South African Roots Project.
Biobuilders - Used by the monthly Biography Builders challenge in G2G.
Cherokee_Tribe is identified by the Project: Cherokee Tribe as its project tag, but many more members are following and using Cherokee. (Cherokee has 68 followers and almost 50 posts; Cherokee_Tribe has 17 followers and 4 posts.)
Cymru - Used by Project: Cymru Welsh Royals and Aristocrats 742-1535, related to the Euroaristo and United Kingdom projects.
DNA - The principal tag of the DNA Project. Should be used on all DNA-related items in G2G. May be accompanied by other tags for more specific DNA topics, including Autosomal, Mitochondrial, X-chromosome, Y-chromosome, DNA_Confirmation, Gedmatch, Triangulation, tags for specific testing companies, etc.
earl_grey - Used by Project: Earl Grey’s Famine Orphan Scheme 1848-1850, a subproject of the Australia Project.
Euroaristo - used by the European Aristocrats Project. Applied to content related to the noble families of Europe, including royalty, from as far back as there are reliable records, to the present day.
First_Peoples - Used by Project: First Peoples (global umbrella project related the world's indigenous peoples) and also specified for used by Project: First Peoples Canada. Be careful not to confuse topics for First Peoples Canada with topics for Project: Native Americans.
Language - For discussion of topics related to world languages, including ways to make WikiTree more friendly to non-English speakers. Related tag: Translation. Used by the Language Project. Eliminate or replace: Languages
Magna_Carta - used by the Magna Carta Project, which focuses on the twenty-five barons who were surety for Magna Carta, the "illustrious men" named in the preamble, and their immediate families and descendants.
Matchbot - Used by the MatchBot Monitors Project, a subproject of the Connectors Project. Appropriate for discussions of Matchbot, an automated utility to find possible duplicate profiles and suggest matches. Bots is a related tag.
Native_Americans - used by the Native Americans Project. Be careful not to confuse topics for Project: First Peoples Canada and Project: Indígenas Mexico with topics for Project: Native Americans. Eliminate or replace: Indians, American_Indians, Native_American, etc.
Penn - used by the William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project
Photos - used by WikiTree members to share their favorite photos, some in hopes the photo will be seen by the Photo of the Week Project which would go into the new "Photos" category. Title of post is usually "Shared Photo: with a title".
Trove - Referring to the online research resource of the National Library of Australia, found at trove.nla.gov.au/
Unconnected - Refers to profiles that are not connected to the "main" WikiTree "family tree." Used by The Lost and Found Project, a subproject of the Connectors project. Related tags include Connectors, Connection_Finder, and Global_Reunion.
Volunteer - used by the Volunteer Coordinators Project - This Tag indicates that the poster is volunteering to do something for others, or is seeking a volunteer, For posts related to the WikiTree membership status called "Volunteer," consider using Greeters or Member_Types (or both).
War_of_1812 - used by the 'War of 1812 Project
Other Endorsed Tags
These tags have not been designated by WikiTree Projects or the WikiTree Team, and typically are followed by no more than a few (if any) members. They are endorsed as standard tags to identify recurring topics of discussion in G2G. Using these tags helps forum users find discussions that are relevant to their interests and needs.
23_and_Me - Referring to the DNA testing service 23andme.com.
52_Ancestors - Tag used by a weekly challenge in 2018.
Accessibility - For the topic of accessibility of the WikiTree website for people with visual, physical, or other impairments.
Ancestry - referring only to the website Ancestry.com and its other national brands, such as Ancestry.co.uk
AncestryDNA - Referring to the DNA testing service affiliated with Ancestry.com.
Android - Referring to a mobile device that uses the Android operating system.
Autosomal - DNA related term; refers to DNA in chromosomes 1 through 22 (all of the human chromosomes except the X and Y chromosomes) and to most of the DNA tests used in genealogy, including FTDNA Family Finder, AncestryDNA, 23andMe, Living DNA, and MyHeritage DNA. Distinguish from y-chromosome (also called y-dna), x-chromosome, and mitochondrial DNA. Use instead of audna.
Browsers - Use instead of Browser, Web_Browsers, etc.
Coats_of_Arms - Replace Coat_of_arms, Family_Crest, etc.
Dates - referring to Calendar Dates - Replace: Date
Descendants_List - Referring to the Descendants List on the Family Tree and Tools page.
Delete - referring to deletion or removal
Dropbox - Referring to the Dropbox online file storage and sharing service.
Duplicates - Referring to duplicate WikiTree profiles
Editing - For questions related to aspects of editing in WikiTree.
Education - Referring to education about topics related to genealogy.
Facebook - Referring to the social media website Facebook.com.
Family_Search - Referring to familysearch.org. Replace: Familysearch.
Family_Tree_View - Referring to the WikiTree Tool of this name.
Find_My_Past - Referring to the genealogy website FindMyPast.co.uk (also its American cousin FindMyPast.com)
Flags - May refer to either (1) flags of nations, states, etc., and images of flags, or (2) the use of "flagging" in the G2G forum (G2G flags are intended to identify abusive posts).
Fold3 - Referring to the genealogical website Fold3.
Freemasonry - For discussions of Masons, Masonic orders, Freemasons, etc.
Gateway - Referring to "gateway ancestors." Gateway ancestor is a broad term, but is most commonly applied to immigrants who provide descendants in the New World with traceable aristocratic ancestry in the Old World. The WikiTree Magna Carta Project uses the term to refer to Colonial immigrants descended from Magna Carta surety barons.
gedmatch_genesis - For discussions of a special component of Gedmatch launched in 2017.
Gender - Tag used on discussions about documenting gender in WikiTree biographies and in the gender data field on WikiTree, including the topics of unknown gender, ambiguous gender, and transgender.
Geni - Referring to the genealogy website Geni.com
Google - Referring to the website Google.com and its associated tools and services.
Halloween - It happens once a year.
Handwriting - For discussions of handwritten script.
hereditary_condition - Referring to inherited conditions, traits, and diseases.
Illegitimate - For topics related to illegitimate birth., Replace: Illegitimacy,
Invitations - referring to invitations to join WikiTree
ipad - Referring to the iPad device.
iphone - Referring to the iPhone device.
Legacy - Referring to the Legacy genealogy software package
Living_DNA - referring to a particular DNA testing company
LNAB - referring to Last Name at Birth.
Login - Topics related to logging in and logging out of WikiTree.
Marriages -Used for discussions of marriage customs, WikiTree policy on documenting marriage, and technical aspects of documenting marriages within WikiTree. The Help page Multiple Marriages is often relevant.
Memories - referring to Memories messages on WikiTree profiles
Migration - Replace: Emigration, Immigration
Mitochondrial - DNA-related term; refers to the DNA in an organelle that is internal to everyone's cells and is passed from mother to child. Use instead of MTDNA. Sometimes confused with Autosomal or X-Chromosome, but these are different types of DNA.
My_Heritage - Referring to the genealogy website MyHeritage.com and its associated services and tools.
NEHGS - Referring to the New England Historic Genealogical Society
NGS - Referring to the National Genealogical Society
Patronymics - Referring to patronymic names (names derived from the father's first name).
Pedigree - Referring to a documented ancestral (such as a royal pedigree); some posts with this tag are about the phenomenon of pedigree collapse
Pinterest - Referring to the Pinterest social media website.
Policy - referring to WikiTree policies - Eliminate or replace: Policies
Profile_Pride - used by members who are proud of a particular profile and want to share it.
Milestones - Referring to noteworthy statistics for WikiTree, such as the website passing a major round-number threshold in number of profiles.
Open_Profile_Request - Refers to the process for requesting changes in privacy settings of a Private or Public profile that should have Open privacy according to WikiTree policy.
RootsMagic - Referring to the RootsMagic genealogy software package.
Slavery - referring to the topic of human slavery . The US Black Heritage Slavery Project is related, but the scope of this tag is much broader than the scope of that project. Eliminate or replace: Slaves, Slave, etc.
Software - Referring to computer software and software packages, most commonly used for genealogy software.
Sorting - Referring to the ways that search results, categories, and other WikiTree lists are sorted or sequenced.
Sourcerers - Used for the monthly Sourcerers challenge.
Statistics - Discussions with this tag have typically been about WikiTree statistics (number of profiles, numbers and characteristics of members and site visitors, rate of growth, etc.). Related tag: Milestones.
Tables - Applied to discussions about the use of various types tables to display information on WikiTree pages and in WikiTree-generated reports.
Thank-Yous - Discussion of WikiTree Thank-Yous (members thanking others on WikiTree). - Eliminate or replace: Thank_You, Thank_Yous, Thank-You, Thanks
Tips - Used for posts by any member that provide practical advice (one definition of "tip" is "a small but useful piece of practical advice"), particularly advice on using the website.
Wiki_Markup - referring to Wiki Markup coding, which is used on most WikiTree pages.
Wikipedia - Referring to the free encyclopedia Wikipedia.
WikiTree - referring specifically to the WikiTree website or community.
Wild_Cards - Referring to the use of wild-card characters in name searches. Use instead of wildcard, wildcards, wild-card, etc.
Y-Chromosome - DNA-related term; refers to the male sex chromosome
YouTube - Referring to the Internet video hosting service YouTube.com
Tags for Places and Locations
Place names can be used as Tags. The most useful geographic tags are names of countries, states, provinces, and other large defined areas. Examples: Ontario, France. Many such names are also followed by WikiTree Projects or subprojects.
Names of cities, towns, or counties also can be used as tags. These are less likely to be a followed by other members, but may attract the attention of a person looking for that specific place. When possible, these should be accompanied by a Tag for a larger geographic area. Example: Marquette_County accompanied by Michigan. Avoid abbreviations: Franklin_County is preferable to Franklin_Co, and is even better when used in conjunction with a tag such as Vermont (don't use VT for the state).
Place names that include multiple words must be connected with an underscore (i.e., _) , such as "St_Paul" or "North_Carolina".
Tags for Wars and Battles
Names of wars and battles can be useful as tags. There are Projects for a number of specific wars, with designated tags (see above). For wars or battles without Projects, see Project: Military and War to identify the name preferred by the Military and War project for the particular war or battle. The tag Military_and_War is a good all-purpose tag for wars and battles, since this project tag is followed by project leaders. Military and Veterans also may be appropriate as tags.
Formerly Endorsed Tags, Now Disused
These tags were endorsed at one time in the past and are no longer in active use. In most cases, these should not be removed or replaced on posts where they were used, but they aren't appropriate for addition to new posts.
- 'American_Founding_Fathers - related to the 1776 project. Category:American_Founding_Fathers calls for use of the tags 1776 (for the topic) and categorization (for the category).
- HSA - Historically Significant Ancestors. This was an early name for what are now Project-Protected Profiles (PPP).
- Patriots - related to the 1776 project and the project's category Category: Patriotic Service, American Revolution.
- Stars - Referring to WikiTree's "Star" badges. No longer identifiable as a topic, with the availability of several more categories of badges, as well as other forms of recognition and appreciation.
- Tech - Has been used to refer to technical questions or issues. If these are posted in the WikiTree Tech section of G2G, this tag is not needed. - Instead of this tag, consider using Bugs or Improvements or Sysops, as appropriate.
- Text - Intent for this tag is not apparent.
- WikiWeek_in_Review - Function of this tag has been replaced with: Blog or WikiTree_Love (task appears to have ended)
Tags to Replace
Sometimes the following tags may refer to a family name or a specific topic, but in most cases they should be replaced.
- and - If this was intended to be part of a compound name or term (such as Newfoundland_and_Labrador or military_and_war), combine it with the associated tag words using underscores. In many instances the "and" should simply be deleted.
- County - In most instances, this was intended to be part of a name such as "County Cork" or "Franklin County." Use an underscore to combine it with the associated tag.
- De - Could be an abbreviation (for Delaware or Deutschland) or a name particle in a name such as De_France. Replace abbreviations with the full name and combine name particles with the associated tags using an underscore.
- Name particles such as Du and St - In many cases these should be combined with another Tag using an underscore, such as "Du_Bois" or "St_John". Other name particles commonly encountered include de, der, la, le, los, van, and von.
- New - This is a surname, but in many instances, the tag was intended to be part of a name such as New York, New England, New South Wales, or New Netherland. In these cases, The separate words should be connected into a single tag (such as new_york) by adding underscores. In other instances it should be removed or replaced with Introduction, improvements, or Announcements.
- North, South, East, West, Upper, Lower, etc., when these words were intended to be part of a compound place name. Use an underscore to combine it with the associated tag.
- Single characters (letters, numbers, or symbols) - Sometimes these are appropriately used to designate the "family name" of a member who uses an initial here, but other instances should be replaced. Note that x might refer to wikitree_x or x-chromosome and y might refer to y-chromosome (or y-dna).
- Suggestions - Instead of this tag, please use Improvements (for suggested improvements to WikiTree) or Data_Doctors (for topics related to the "Suggestions" report from WikiTree+).
- Two-letter abbreviations for countries, states, or provinces, such as CA, NH, and UK. Replace with the full name of the place.
The Importance of Proper Tagging
Only the posts with Tags a member has chosen to follow will show on their G2G Feed, in auto-generated reports, and when they click "Feed" from G2G. Posts must be tagged correctly to reach the right people.
Only 20 Tags can be followed. Combining similar Tags and reducing Tag-clutter makes better use of watchlists and allows members to follow more subjects, rather than more Tags.
When a question is displayed, the posts with the most relevant Tags are also displayed below that question. Correct Tagging ensures that the most related topics are grouped together and easy to find.
Project members use Tags to get questions and announcements onto the Feeds of other project participants and interested members, and to identify other members that might be of interest or interested in the project. Each project uses a specific Tag.
Consolidating Tags such as "Categories" and "Category" into one called "Categorization" means that better use can be made of the 6-Tag limit when posting questions.
Facts about Tags
Tags must be spelled correctly for maximum effect. Allowing Tags such as "Merges" and "Merging" to occur at the same time reduces all desirable results. Integrators work to consolidate the Tags used in current and past G2G posts using the list provided on this page.
Tags are not case-sensitive.
No more than 6 Tags can be added to a single post.
The most commonly used G2G tags are listed on the Most popular tags page. They are sorted by how many questions have each Tag attached, not necessarily by which are best or correct. To see how many members are following a particular tag, look on the Genealogists page for that tag. For example, https://www.wikitree.com/genealogists/CEMETERIES lists the members who are following Cemeteries.
Notes for Project Coordinators and Project Leaders
Please double or triple-check that the Tag for your Project is correct and that any links provided with it go to the right place! Contact David Selman and Dorothy Barry with any updates or suggested corrections.
When you choose a specific Tag for members of your Project to follow, keep in mind that new people who do not know of your Project will still tend to use words that make sense to them. Common words like "Style" or "Profiles" are going to be applied to posts having to do with those subjects. If you wish for posts related to the general topic to display in the Feeds of your Project members use a general name for the Tag. For example: If "Profiles" is your Tag, then not only will posts related directly to your project appear on you Feeds, but so will other questions related to profiles. If you wish for only posts specific to your Project to appear in Feeds, use a more specific Tag. For example: "Mexico_Project".
Note that if your Project chooses a tag that happens to be a family surname, people who follow that surname will receive notifications of posts related to your Project, and members of your Project will receive notifications of WikiTree edits and G2G posts for that surname.
Tags will be added to posts where it should be of interest to members of that group or if their help is requested. For example: If a new person is asking for general guidance it will be Tagged "Mentors". If they post information about their ancestor it will be Tagged "Integrators". If they provide information about their ancestor and are asking for general guidance it will be Tagged with both "Mentors" and "Integrators".
If you start a new Project with a new Tag, please notify us at the Integrators Project or post a message explaining the change on this page.
Tag Synonyms List
adoption angels, adoption_angels
adoption angel, adoption_angels
australian convict, australian_convicts
australian convicts, australian_convicts
black sheep, black_sheep
bootleggers and moonshiners, bootleggers_and_moonshiners
canadian history, canadian_history
de bruyn, de_bruyn
data doctor, data_doctors
data doctors, data_doctors
ged compare, gedcompare
hatfield and mcoy, hatfield_mcoy
help pages, help_pages
help page, help_pages
how to wikitree, how_to_wikitree
latter-day saints, lds
latter day saints, lds
lost photos, lost_photos
match bot, matchbot
meet our members, meet_our_members
mentor tip, mentor_tips
mentor tips, mentor_tips
mining disaster, mining_disasters
native american, native_americans
native americans, native_americans
new hampshire, new_hampshire
new jersey, new_jersey
new york, new_york
north carolina, north_carolina
one-name study, one_name_studies
one name study, one_name_studies
one-name studies, one_name_studies
one name studies, one_name_studies
one-place study, one_place_studies
one place study, one_place_studies
one-place studies, one_place_studies
one place studies, one_place_studies
great puritan migration, pgm
photo of the week, photo_of_the_week
us presidents, presidents
profile of the week, profile_of_the_week
research assistance, research_assistance
roll of honor, roll_of_honor
scottish clan, scottish_clans
scottish clans, scottish_clans
south carolina, south_carolina
tracked bug, tracked_bug
tracked gedcompare, tracked_gedcompare
tracked improvements, tracked_improvements
van der walt, van_der_walt
wild wild west, wild_wild_west
weekend chat, weekend_chat
wikitree calendar, wikitree_calendar
wonderful wikitreers, wonderful_wikitreers
wonderful wikitreer, wonderful_wikitreers
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