People Who Died Young

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This page is intended to be additional documentation for the Died Young sticker. For the WikiTree project that seeks to memorialize infants and children who died, see Remember the Children. The Died Young sticker was created and in wide use before that project was established.


People Who Died Young

Children who died young
are often memorialized with images
symbolic of innocence and tenderness,
such as the lamb that decorates
the gravestone of Lucy Belle Batchelder.

Why Do We Care?

In contrast to traditional genealogical publications that typically contain individual profiles only for people who had children, WikiTree seeks to have a separate profile for every individual person, including those who died in infancy or childhood.

People who create or maintain profiles for infants and children who died can feel especially sentimental about a child who died young. Even when the child died many years ago, they may wish to memorialize the child's short life with something other than a cursory presentation of birth and death dates. Additionally, when documenting a family, it can be valuable to prominently indicate that a specific child died young. This is particularly valuable when a later child in the same family was given the same name. Also, in the eras when families typically had another baby every 18 to 24 months, omitting a child because they died at birth may result in long gaps between births (or between a marriage and a first birth) that invite mistakes, such as connecting some other child to the wrong parents.

The "Died Young" Sticker

The "Died Young" sticker is intended to identify and memorialize a person who died in infancy or childhood. It was created to address both the sentimental and practical motivations for highlighting that a child died young.

The default image displayed on the sticker is an image of a "flying baby" (originally stone cherub, from a memorial stone for a deceased child). Alternate images are available for use by WikiTreers who prefer a different image. These include an image of a pastel pink and blue ribbon that is preferred by members of the Remember the Children Project.

Image used by default in the "Died Young" sticker

The "Died Young" sticker gives the name of the child of who died young. It does not place the profile into a category.

See Template: Died Young for instructions on using this sticker on a profile.

What is "Young"?

WikiTree members have expressed varying opinions on the age at death that can be treated as "died young." There is no firm rule on the upper age for using the Died Young sticker. One general principle is that any child who died too young to marry can be labeled as "died young," but it is pointed out that genealogists sometimes encounter records of girls as young as about 12 or 13 who died in childbirth. Some WikiTree discussions of the upper age limit for "died young" can be found in the following G2G threads:

In addition to using the "Died Young" sticker, links found on the righthand side of the profile in Edit mode can be used to indicate "no children" and "no spouse."

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How do we change the new pastel pink-and-blue ribbon graphic of this sticker? I dislike it so much, and it is definitely not suitable for the profiles I have been using the sticker on, it looks to modern and too babyish.

I was hoping to find instructions to change the default image on the sticker, but if there isn't that, I'm going to simply remove the sticker from my profiles.

I'm working to see if I can recode the template to restore the default and provide easy-to-select alternative images. I have been distracted by health issues that made me less interested in figuring out the coding.
posted by Ellen Smith
Thank you! I did find the solution on the Died Young Sticker template page in the end, although simpler options would be much appreciated.
I have revised the template. The stone image is the default once again, and "Ribbon" and "Cradle" are available as alternatives.
posted by Ellen Smith
I hope you're feeling better, Ellen.

I really like the option you added for the alternative visuals. Much easier than having to remember or look for the complicated addresses for the pictures directly!

posted by Léa Haupaix
Now that the default sticker has a different image, maybe this page should mention that?
posted by Léa Haupaix
I created this page as companion for the image -- an information page that would come up when someone clicked on the image. It was not my idea to replace the default image, and when the change was made nothing was done to change the link to this page.
posted by Ellen Smith
We need a sticker option that is not so Christian-centric, especially as WikiTree continues to grow and more people from other cultures are added.
posted by Melissa Arjona
Tried finding the stickers for Project:Remember_the_Children, but struggling to do so. Why not putting at least links directly on that project page?
posted by Florian Straub
Ask the the leadership of that project.
posted by Ellen Smith
I like to propose a Young Adult death Group for those who died between say 12-25. I have one here died I think she was unmarried. And those who died in child birth you could have a subcategory of young maternal deaths. Not sure if this help. Just a suggestion.

Mary C Potts Daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Potts. Age 18y 5m 21d. Don’t look like she was married or had children.




I have a infant death here I think I found baptismal records for.and maybe birth record. Ancestry actually giving me this information and actul record. Unfortunately it in German and I can’t make out if it correct person. Could I get a hand to look up the Familysearch records and ancestry records to make sure this correct child. So it can be notated in profile. Please thank you for any assistance you could provide.

Name Johann Friedrich Dorrer Event Type Taufe (Baptism) Birth Date 17 Jan 1832 Baptism Date 22 Jan 1832 Baptism Place Reutlingen, Württemberg, Deutschland (Germany) Father Jakob Friedrich Dorrer Mother Anna Marie Dorrer Author Evangelische Kirche Reutlingen (OA. Reutlingen) City or District Reutlingen






I like to join this project I have tons to add to this lots of babies young I wish I could see if it cause this heart gene we have in family. Love project.


The project Debi mentioned is at Space:Remember the Children.
posted by Ellen Smith
Don't know if you have seen this starter project, but though it might be nice to link to it. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Remember_the_Children
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag