The Lancashire and Greater Manchester Team
Team Leader: Steve Whitfield
Team Members: Corinne Morris | Glen Birchby | Lizzie Griffiths | Fred Adamson | Geoff Riley | Jackie Prentice |Maddy Hardman | Elaine Mattsen | Sam Steel |Steve Whitfield | Michael Swift | Chris Hilder | W Robertson | Mackenzie Plank | Paul Dixon |Loralee Hutton | Chris O'Connell
The Lancashire Team covers the county of Lancashire and the newer county of Greater Manchester. Our goal is to increase the number of profiles in our region, to develop them to a high standard and to connect them to the global tree.
A 'Lancashire' profile is a person whose birth, marriage or death has been entered in the data fields as taking place in Lancashire (so, a person who was born in Cheshire, married in Lancashire and died in Staffordshire, would appear in the figures for all three counties).
How are we doing?
Lancashire was the most populated county in the 19th Century. In 1881, 14% of the population of England lived there! We might expect that this would be reflected the number of Wikitree profiles but it is not. Lancashire only accounts for about 8% of the profiles that have been allocated to an English county. The more accurate and well-sourced profiles we can add, the better.
The statistics for England and all counties are here:
and a commentary is here:
For the latest statistics for Lancashire and Greater Manchester, please see:
Profile numbers continue to increase by about 1,000 each week, with an occasional boost when poorly formatted location fields are corrected so that the profile can be picked up in the Lancashire profile count.
Many of the profiles added each week are unsourced and our count is increasing, although we remain close to the England average.
Good progress has been made this year in connecting and our percentage of profiles has reduced from 15.1% of our profiles to 14.2%.
Like all other counties, our Suggestions count has increased over recent weeks as a new routine has been introduced to identify broken links to external websites. Analysis is ongoing to better understand the underlying trends in the different types of suggestion.
We have made excellent process this year in reducing the 'Unknowns' in Lancashire (we are one of the top-ranking counties in this respect).
Our numbers for Greater Manchester profiles are fairly static, with an ongoing process of 'converting' Greater Manchester profiles to Lancashire where appropriate.
Thanks to all for their efforts to improve the quality of our branch of the tree in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
Team Member Specific Interests
Some team members are focusing on particular towns, areas, surnames and topics of interests connected to our region, developing and improving profiles to help us move towards our goal.
|Team member||Places||Main Lancashire surnames||Other interests and projects|
|Corinne Morris||St Helens, Manchester||Highcock, Eccleston, Morris, Parkinson, Williamson, Turner||One Place Study St Helens|
|Glen Birchby||Bolton, Euxton, Garstang, Preston||Birchby|
|Lizzie Griffiths||Haworth, Grindrod||Unsourced profiles, cleaning up pre 1974 Greater Manchester database|
|Geoff Riley||Bolton and surrounding areas||Riley, Howarth|
|Jackie Prentice||Liverpool||Campbell, Cowley, Ruddock, McGarry, McCoy||One Place Study Kirkby|
|Fred Adamson||Liverpool and surrounding area||Dumbell, Aspinall, Makin||Unsourced profiles, profile improvement, Gedcoms|
|Elaine Mattsen||Profile improvement|
|W Robertson||West Derby, Warrington||Camidge||Sourcing and data cleaning|
|Steve Whitfield||Warrington and surrounding area||Hatton, Roughley||Connecting|
|Maddy Hardman||Lancaster, Dalton in Furness||Hardman||Sourcing and connecting|
|Sam Steel||Lees, Ashton under Lyne, Wigan, Bardsley||Hall, Parkinson and Stead||Developing current profiles|
|Michael Swift||Ormskirk||Swift||Swifts of Lancashire One Name Study|
|Chris Hilder||Clitheroe, Lytham||Whiteside, Metcalfe, Smith||Developing current profiles, bio building|
|Paul Dixon||Bolton, Blackburn and Warton||Dixon, Hodgson, Hayhurst, Shaw, Ainsworth and Lawson|
|Loralee Hutton||Eccleshill, Edgworth and Turton||Hutton, Walmsley|
How can you help?
Profiles in our region needing further research are listed in the following links. Feel free to investigate and improve them!
- Adding a source to one of the unsourced Lancashire profiles
- Connecting unconnected Lancashire profiles
- Tackling suggestions to improve Lancashire profiles
- Tackling suggestions to improve Greater Manchester profiles
- Finding surnames for Lancashire profiles with unknown last names at birth
Members of the England Counties teams are encouraged to to participate from time to time in WikiTree challenges and to join The Mighty Oaks to represent England in the team challenges.
Check out our Lancashire Resources Page here.
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