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Scotland - Categorisation Guide

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Categorisation for Scotland

This page contains the project standards for categorisation for Scotland Project.

If you would like to help with categorisation for Scotland Project, please contact the Categories Team Leader

Geographic Naming Conventions

The Scotland Project uses the County map for Scotland that was introduced in 1890 and was replaced in 1975. This map is considered the most relevant by today's genealogists and is most likely to be referenced in genealogical research. Other names will be managed by exception or linked to names in those categories. See the Scottish Counties page for boundary details.

The Project uses ScotlandsPlaces to establish place name standards.

For standardisation purposes, when categorising, please use the following conventions:

Counties are located under Scottish Counties. A deliberate decision was made to fix the counties used to the 1890 county map. This does not, entirely, represent the current counties of Scotland. Counties should take the form <county name>, Scotland. If unsure then please ask in the G2G using the tags categorization and Scotland.
Towns/Localities take the form <Locality name>, <County name> and are located under the county of relevance in the 1890 County boundaries.
Parishes of Scotland On WikiTree please use the form <Parish name Parish>, <County>. Parishes changed over time and, to align to counties, WikiTree needs to use the Parishes established under the Local Government Act of 1889 and hence Scotland consists of 871 Parishes. The Scotland Project will manage the transition of names and boundaries over time and align them to the modern Parish boundaries.

If the town is unknown please leave blank. The person can then be added to Category:Scotland, Unknown Place or, if known, the County equivalent. Ensure you use a County from the County list.

Parishes of Scotland

The Scotland Project uses the Parishes established under the Local Government Act of 1889 and hence Scotland consists of 871 Parishes. These will be listed under the County they are part of.

From 1845 to 1930, parishes formed part of the local government system of Scotland: having parochial boards from 1845 to 1894, and parish councils from 1894 until 1930. The Parish boundaries are different from those established under the jurisdiction of the church in Scotland but the differences should not be noticeable to most of the genealogists on wikitree.

If you are looking to work this area please use the convention Category: X Parish, County. The Project uses ScotlandsPlaces to establish place name standards. Parish categories are placed in their corresponding County category. Please do not leave the Category blank. If you do not add a CIB, please add the following statement: This category contains profiles of individuals associated with this location.

Project Maintenance Categories

Profiles placed within the structure outlined below require more research in order to determine the correct location.

Category Hierarchy for Scotland, Unknown Place

Category:Scotland and Category:Scotland Project Maintenance Categories

> Category:Scotland, Unknown Place
>>Category:Aberdeenshire, Unknown Place
>>Category:Angus, Unknown Place
>>Category:Argyll, Unknown Place
>>Category:Inverness-shire, Unknown Place
>>Category:Orkney, Unknown Place
>>Category:Renfrewshire, Unknown Place
>>Category:West Lothian, Unknown Place
>>Category:Wigtownshire, Unknown Place

Additional categories will be set up as needed, following the above naming standard.

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