Magna Carta Project Trail Development Team

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Welcome to the Magna Carta Project's page for the Project's Trail Development 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 develop and rework trails documented by Douglas Richardson from Magna Carta Surety Barons to Gateway Ancestors, working on profiles to current standards of the Magna Carta Project.

A Trail Review Sub-Team (led by the Team Leaders) reviews trails after they have been developed, and badges profiles as being in Project-approved trails.

Members who complete a trail will be entitled to a sticker in recognition of their achievement.

See the Magna Carta Trails page for basic info on what goes into a Magna Carta Project trail.

Team Leaders

Please feel free to contact either of the team leaders for advice or support.

How to join the Team

Members of the team need to have pre-1500 certification. They also need to have met any membership commitments they entered into at the time they joined the Project. Currently, that means, within six months of joining, bringing up to project standards six profiles that need substantial work.

Base Camp

We use the Magna Carta Base Camp page to keep track of which trails have been developed, which are being worked on, which need reviewing or re-working, and which have not yet been started.

  • Several trails, listed under "Magna Carta Trails Completed", need re-development and are high-lighted in orange. In the "Quality Review" column each trail that needs re-development contains a link to a trail list. The trail list includes all the profiles in that particular trail and the development status of each profile. To complete (badge) these trails, you only need to work on profiles which have the status "needs development" and "needs re-review". Profiles that are already badged or marked "100% 5-star" do NOT need to be reviewed to complete these trails.
  • "Magna Carta Trails Ready to Get Started" is simply a list of Gateway Ancestors that do not have a trail to a surety baron developed on WikiTree. These trails will need the most work.

When You Have Finished Work on a Profile

When you have finished work on a profile, please update the Magna Carta Project section underneath Acknowledgements, saying you worked on the profile as part of the trail from [[Gateway Ancestor link]] to [[Surety Baron link]], with a link to your WikiTree ID and the date. You can add your WT ID and the date quickly with four tildes: ~~~~

Please inform a team leader when you have completed your work on a profile or post a comment on the profile stating that the profile is complete and ready for review.

If there is no Magna Carta Project 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.

Keeping the Project informed

Members of the team are asked to help ensure that the Base Camp page stays up-to-date. When you start or finish work on a trail, please place a comment on the Base Camp page or contact a team leader and one of the team leaders will make the necessary changes.

Real life can intervene. If you find you need to stop work on a trail, or take a substantial break, please tell a team leader.


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.
If you need a look-up in either Magna Carta Ancestry or Royal Ancestry, add "|needs=Source Check" to the project box and an entry under the Magna Carta Project section as to what needs to be checked.

Team Members

Magna Carta Project Member Portal
Magna Carta Project Quick-Nav Index



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