Magna Carta Project Post-1500 Team

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Welcome to the Magna Carta Project's page for the Project's Post-1500 Team. And warm thanks if you have volunteered to be part of the team - it is really good of you to help.


Team Goals

To improve post-1500 profiles of people documented by Douglas Richardson as being in trails from Magna Carta Surety Barons to Gateway Ancestors, and bring them up to current Magna Carta Project standards.

Team Leaders

How to join the Team

Just send a message to a team leader.

Choosing Profiles to work on

It would be good for WikiTree generally to try and pick "5-Star profiles". These are the profiles that are most visited, both by WikiTree members and by others, and they are a showcase for WikiTree. A high proportion of the profiles managed by the Magna Carta Project are 5-star.

Team Leaders will be happy to help you choose profiles to improve, or browse through Some Profiles that Need Improvement, below, and choose a profile from the spreadsheet or a Maintenance Category.

Some profiles may be in trails that are being actively worked on by members of the Trail Development Team. Please consult the Magna Carta Base Camp tables, look at what is in the Magna Carta Project section at the end of the profile, and liaise where appropriate with anyone developing a trail that includes the profile. Team Leaders will again be happy to advise.

To avoid duplication of effort, please tell a Team Leader when you have chosen a profile to work on and we'll add you to the spreadsheet, or you can add yourself. Either way, please keep us posted on what you're working on.

Before you start on a profile, please place a comment on it that you plan to do some work on the profile on behalf of the Magna Carta Project. Then wait at least 24 hours unless the Magna Carta Project is the sole manager.

When you have finished work on a Profile

When you have finished work on a profile, please tell one of the Team Leaders, and add under the Magna Carta Project section of the profile (below Acknowledgements) that you have revised the profile, with the date and a link to your WikiTree ID. You can add your WT ID and the date quickly with four tildes: ~~~~

If there is no Magna Carta section on the profile, please add a Project heading below Acknowledgements as a third level heading: ===Magna Carta Project===

Please see the page Magna Carta Project Section for more guidance.


Other Projects share management of some profiles with the Magna Carta Project, and have an interest in many other profiles we manage. They may well be able to help with research, and the Magna Carta Project welcomes collaboration with them. The main Projects concerned are England, Ireland, Medieval, Puritan Great Migration, Scotland and Wales. The team leaders can facilitate collaboration: please ask them if you would like them to do so.

Key Resources

WikiTree Pages

Douglas Richardson Books

  • Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry. Substantial snippets are viewable on Google Books
  • Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
Although Douglas Richardson's books are key to the work of the Project, they
  • should be supplemented so far as possible with other sources, some of which are likely to contain information that is not in the books
  • are not infallible, as Douglas Richardson would be the first to admit: be open to the possibility that there may be mistakes, and consider using research notes where reliable sources cast doubt on Richardson's conclusions, or there is clear evidence which disproves some of what Richardson says.

Some Profiles that Need Improvement

A note about our profiles: On first glance, many of our profiles look to be in good shape. However, the profiles on our spreadsheet ALL need a re-review against the checklist as they were developed before our current guidelines were adopted.

Currently, all the 5-star profiles that need work are included in the spreadsheet below, we encourage you to start here:

Please do not put your name down to work on a profile unless you intend to do so in the near future.

Other Magna Carta Project profiles that need work can be found by looking through our Maintenance Categories. Profiles in project maintenance categories "Needs Research", "Needs Biography", and "Needs Family Verified" are already included in the spreadsheet. The following categories include profiles that are both pre and post 1500:

  • Needs Development - profiles in the "Needs Development" category either need a trail developed or the profile itself needs to be developed against the checklist (which is needed should be stated in the profile's Magna Carta Project section).
  • Needs Re-review. This is our longest list. Many of these profiles were developed as part of a trail in 2014/2015 and many others were developed and/or badged before 2018, when project standards were updated. All of these profiles, whether they are "badged" or not, need re-review against the project's current checklist.
  • The Needs Source Check maintenance category includes post-1500 profiles not on the spreadsheet. One task for the team is to check and tidy up sources for these.

When developing/re-developing or reviewing/re-reviewing a profile, you'll probably also work toward clearing the "Needs Source Check" category (if the profile is in that category). If you don't have access to Royal Ancestry or the 2nd edition of Magna Carta Ancestry, you can leave that category (or add it) and someone else will do the check.

Team Members

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