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History of the Categorization Project

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A Timeline of WikiTree's Categorization Project




  • 2 Feb - First Official WikiTree page (/wiki/Categories) was created in order to help explain categories and categorization.
    • Category:Categories was created to serve as the top level category for all other categories to be placed into.
    • Rapid category expansion took place, including regional categories




  • 26 September - First Categorization google group post.
  • 21 December - There is discussion within the Categorization google group about the use of languages in categories.
    • English speakers can use English named categories. German speakers can use German named categories. Italian speakers can use Italian named categories. We don't have a category limit. The need (participation) should drive the category. If we get hundreds/thousands of Germans, Italians, Welsh, etc they can make categories in their native language to be read by them. They should be encouraged to link to the same category in other languages. But the primary focus should always, always be on being USEABLE. We can't expect German people to know English or French or Spanish. It is enough they can communicate in their own language.Gail Cox





  • 14 Mar - Maryann Hurt departs as leader.
  • 7 May - Template:Top Level was created. When placed on a category, it provides a visual warning to users that the category should not hold profiles, and that profiles should instead be added to lower-level subcategories.
  • June - WikiTree Team Member AleŇ° Trtnik sets an automated program, Editbot, to perform automatic renames, merges, and deletions of categories.
  • July - AleŇ° Trtnik developing Category Info Box for use on category pages
  • 31 October - Jamie Nelson became a leader of the project.
  • 1 November - Natalie Trott became a leader of the project; Abby departs as leader.


  • Project revamped to include teams for maintenance and vision and collaboration. Goals and mission of project defined.
  • June - Jamie Nelson stepped down as leader.
  • 8 Jun
    • Added a feature to profiles where a warning will appear on Save for categories that do not yet exist.
    • Category Selector added to profiles, where you can search for categories and have them automatically added to profiles.
  • July - Category error report first introduced.
  • November - Steve Harris became a leader of the project.


  • 9 Jan - Categories containing the Top Level template are excluded from the Category Drop Down list.
  • Feb - Amy Gilpin became team leader for content errors maintenance team.
  • 9 April
    • Categories now display at the bottom of profile pages.
    • Category request form added to WikiTree. Members could now request a new category directly to the project.


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I am not sure of this as I am new and confused. I would like to learn about southern Italy's history as I have a lot of Italians from the area of Calabria and close other towns. Am I in the correct place. thank you.
Hello, my name is Chris and I am a project coordinator for the Italy project. If you have questions about southern Italy's history, feel free to join the Italy Project. We have pages dedicated to each region including Calabria. Feel free to check it out and join here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Italy
posted by Chris Ferraiolo

Categories: Project Histories