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If you are interested in helping out in Shropshire and not already a member of the England Project, please read the England Project Page to learn more about the project, what we do and how to join us.

Welcome to the Shropshire Team page!

Team Leader: Maureen Wilkins

Shropshire Team Members: Stuart Beavis | Becky Troth | David Urquhart | Hazel Archer | Mackenzie Plank | Alan Radecki | David Moss


Shropshire, also called Salop, is a county in the West Midlands region of England, bordering Wales to the west, Cheshire to the north, Staffordshire to the east, and Worcestershire and Herefordshire to the south. The River Severn divides the county.

The goal of the Shropshire Team is to make the Shropshire profiles the best that they can be, to be the point of reference and research.

It is our desire to leave a lasting legacy of work for future generations and current researchers, that can facilitate their quest for family history, and bring them one step closer to discovering the myriad of people it has taken for them to draw breath.


In order to achieve our goal, there are a number of things we are currently working on:

Dec 2021

  • Unconnecteds. Connecting up the larger unconnected trees that have people from Shropshire. Our very own Unconnected Shropshire Trees page can be found here: Space:Unconnected_Shropshire_Trees Please add your name in the table against any you would like to work on so that we don't duplicate our efforts.
Shropshire Team
Team Member Currently working on
Stuart Beavis
Becky Troth Unsourced, unconnected Profiles, Suggestions, Gedcom Cleanups and Notables
David Urquhart
Maureen Wilkins Team Leader: I live in Kent, and I don't have any Shropshire ancestors but my parents moved to Lilleshall, Shropshire when I was 4 years old and I went to school in Newport, Shropshire. I know the county geography quite well and some history. Many of my living relatives and old schoolfriends live in the Telford area. I'm looking forward to delving into Shropshire families, tidying up suggestions and sources etc.
Hazel Archer Archer surname, also any one connected to Wellington Cemetery or Attingham Park
Mackenzie Plank Own Lewis and Jones Family in Habberly and Shrewsbury. Interest in the surname Beddoes and Inions as well.
Alan Radecki Distracted at the moment by OT-2, but will be working on the Venables, Roden, Forester and other families
David Moss

Please keep us all up-to-date with what you are doing.

Quick Links: Shropshire Category Page | Shropshire Research Resources | Regional and County Statistics Page

What to do

We handle the responsibility of improving the profiles of people from Shropshire along with several other tasks, which include:

  • Oversight of the Shropshire Category Page to ensure that our information is up to date and is consistent with the other England county pages.
    • This also includes the revision of our categories, adding correct categories and deleting incorrect or unnecessary categories as needed.
    • Monitor the The Shropshire Category Page to ensure that all profiles are placed into the most accurate sub-category possible and not into any of the parent categories.
  • Continual updating of the maintenance templates on Shropshire profiles such as {{Unsourced|Shropshire}} and {{Estimated Date}}.
  • Focusing on the improvement of Shropshire profiles including sourcing, connecting, merging duplicates, correcting database errors, and writing biographies.
    • Creating profiles for prominent or notable Shropshire-based individuals and connecting them to our global trees.
    • Researching and updating profiles on WikiTree which are relevant to prominent Shropshire families.
  • Discuss and collaborate together, including maintaining the free space Shropshire Research Resources page, adding and updating links as needed.

Communication and Collaboration

If you want to work together, go for it, amazing profiles can be sourced and written as a team! You can communicate with everyone by posting to this page, joining us on discord, through the Google groups: England Project, or by messaging individual members.

Keep in mind that we will largely be working on profiles that are managed by other people—always endeavour to discuss any major changes you may wish to make to a profile with the profile manager/s involved.

The Numbers

For up to date unsourced, unconnected and database suggestions please visit the Regional and County Statistics Page

Shropshire 2023 Statistics
Date Total Profiles Unsourced Unconnected Suggestions Unknowns
1 April 2023 38,603 (+199) 1,149 (+12) 4,204 (+17) 2,048 (+21) 600 (0)
25 March 2023 38,404 (+155) 1,137 (+21) 4,187 (+15) 2,027 (+23) 600 (-1)
19 March 2023 38,249 (+133) 1,116 (+23) 4,172 (+8) 2,004 (0) 601 (-1)
12 March 2023 38,116 (+167) 1,093 (-20) 4,164 (+15) 2,004 (+16) 602 (-2)
5 March 2023 37,949 (+85) 1,113 (-8) 4,149 (+18) 1,988 (+6) 604 (-1)
26 February 2023 37,864 (+69) 1,121 (+9) 4,131 (+8) 1,982 (-15) 605 (0)
19 February 2023 37,795 (+132) 1,112 (+1) 4,123 (+22) 1,997 (-7) 605 (-1)
12 February 2023 37,663 (+79) 1,111 (-7) 4,101 (0) 2,004 (+9) 606 (+1)
5 February 2023 37,584 (+86) 1,118 (+4) 4,101 (+9) 1,995 (+6) 605 (0)
29 January 2023 37,498 (+67) 1,114 (+8) 4,092 (-111) 1,989 (-28) 605 (-1)
22 January 2023 37,431 (+199) 1,106 (-18) 4,203 (+183) 2,017 (+38) 606 (0)
15 January 2023 37,232 (+153) 1,124 (+4) 4,020 (+17) 1,979 (+2) 606 (+2)
8 January 2023 37,079 (+77) 1,120 (-1) 4,003 (-22) 1,977 (-5) 604 (+1)
1 January 2023 37,002 (+70) 1,121 (-4) 4,025 (-4) 1,982 (+20) 603 (-1)

Shropshire Resources

Shropshire Research Resources
Shropshire Category Page
Regional and County Statistics Page
Famous Shropshire Faces, Shropshire Tourism

WikiTree Help Resources

Categorization Help
Research Note Box Help
Sources Help
Free Space Pages for Sources
Editing Tips
Adding Links
Sources Style Guide

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Would it be possible to have weekly figures added to this page? I noticed I regularly get an email from other counties that have weekly stats. For example if you look at the Essex home page it has a heading called numbers, it shows the progress over the last six weeks. I find this quite interesting. I think it would help focus on trying to get Green targets.

Also where we have unsourced profiles tag and unconnected profiles tag, please could we have a tag for profiles need adding? Thanks Hazel

posted by Hazel (Ward) Archer
Hello Hazel

Good to see that team members are working on Shropshire. I haven't done any weekly stats - I agree it would be interesting to see the progress over the last six weeks. I usually work from this page which gives the current status.

I'll get in touch with the Essex Team Leader to ask how I can generate the table for the weekly stats. On your other question, I'm not sure what you have in mind for "Profiles needing adding". Would you like to drop me an email to let me know if you've seen this on other County pages.

Best wishes


posted by Maureen (Fearn) Wilkins
edited by Maureen (Fearn) Wilkins
Loving the new numbers table, now just need to get unsourced into green. Just as well im working on sourcers challenge. I have sent you an email about the profiles to be created list.
posted by Hazel (Ward) Archer
Hi Shropshire folks, I'm Currently looking to the family of Hills/Noel-Hill/ Barons Berwick etc that lived at Attingham Park. a lot of the profiles currently don't have linked sources.

Thanks Hazel

posted by Hazel (Ward) Archer
Hi. On the Shropshire notables page I am a bit surprised that there is no reference to Abraham Darby II ( or Abraham Darby III (

regards, David

posted by David Moss
Hi David

Thanks for letting us know about this. I have now added the Shropshire Notables category as well as suffixes I, II and III to the profiles of the three generations of Abraham Darby to distinguish them from each other.

You are most welcome to help improve the Shropshire profiles - it's a bit of a neglected county.

Best wishes Maureen

Ms, Maureen, Thank you for your work with Wiuki tree. My ancestors came from Medlecott ( Middle Cottage) and over the years the name was corrupted into Mallicoat. If I can be of assistance let me know. Be well Ed
posted by Ed Mallicoat
Hi Ed

It's interesting that your ancestors were from Medlecott. It's not an area I know, so I'll have to look into it. Thanks for your offer of assistance. If you're already a member of the WikiTree England Project, you're very welcome to join us in Shropshire.

Best wishes Maureen

Please delete the category link for [[Category:Shropshire, Name Studies] since it's being deleted from WikiTree.

Thanks, Natalie, Categorization Project

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott
Thanks Natalie, the link to that category has been removed.
posted by Nic Donnelly
My ancestors came to America from Shropshire England.
posted by Margaret Billingsley
Hi Team!

We have the weekly update for our statistics and we are looking GREEN!

Unsourced profiles are down by 97, Unconnected down by 378 and Suggestions are down by 165!

Woohoo well done Shropshire! Thank you to everyone who has been helping out with the Shropshire profiles, keep up the good work.


posted by Becky Troth
Hi Team!

From saturday, 1 February, we will be running a month-long "Go Green" challenge.

This will be region vs. region, rather than counties, the winner will be the region with the largest drop in total numbers (sourcing + connecting + suggestions).

All the contributing county team members within the winning region will be given a sticker for their profiles :)

So if you fancy sourcing, connecting or correcting for our West Midlands region comment below!

If you have any questions just ask :)

ps you can get to the unsourced, unconnected and suggestion for the West Midlands region by visiting England Regional and County Statistics Page, West Midlands Region clicking on the numbers which are links in the table will take you to the automated lists. Good Luck West Midlands!!


posted by Becky Troth
Hi Shropshire Team!

The weekly Statistics table has been updated. Unsourced, unconnected and unknowns are all down from last week, so thank you to everyone who has been working on the profiles.

More details are in the "Shropshire Team monthly update" email, which I have just sent out, so if you don't get your email check your spam or junk folder. I am so pleased with the work we have been doing in Shropshire, here's to a fantastic 2020!


posted by Becky Troth
edited by Becky Troth
Hi team!

The weekly stats table has been updated, unsourced profiles are down by 15, unconnected profiles are slightly up by 24 and database suggestions a huge drop of 167 less suggestions! Brilliant work, thank you as always to those who have contributed to the team either by sourcing, connecting, correcting, researching, or adding profiles and notables.


posted by Becky Troth
The weekly statistics table has been updated, unsourced profiles are down by 16, unconnected down by 67, special thanks to Carol Keeling from connectors for that! And database suggestions are down by a whopping 274 despite new suggestion codes being added! Fantastic to have an all green table! Great work everyone!
posted by Becky Troth
Do you want to help with the Shropshire Unsourced profiles and gain the Soucerers Badge! Decembers Sourcerers challenge is open, to join in answer the Thread here: Decembers Soucerers' Challenge

You can read more about the The Sourceres' Challenges here Project: Sourcerers

Shropshire Unsourced Profiles are listed here: Shropshire Unsourced Profiles

Let's get sourcing! And Have Fun!

posted by Becky Troth
Hi Team,

The weekly statistics table has been updated. There's a slight increase of 2 unsourced profiles, an increase of 27 unconnected to the main tree and a slight decrease of 3 database suggestions for Shropshire based profiles compared to last week.

If you'd like to work on the figures, you can click the links in the table to be taken to the relevant automated list.

If you'd like to see the figures for the whole of England and broken down by region and county the new England, Regional and county statistics page has all the figures with clickable links.

As always a BIG Thank You to all who have helped with sourcing, connecting and correcting!

Let's try to get those figures down before the end of the Year!

posted by Becky Troth
The Shropshire statistics table has been updated with the weekly figures. Unsourced and database suggestions are slightly down from last week. A big Thank You to those who have helped with sourcing, connecting and correcting.

Keep up the good work!

posted by Becky Troth
Do you want to help with the Shropshire Unsourced profiles and gain the Soucerers Badge! Novembers Sourcerers challenge is open, to join in answer the Thread here: Novembers Soucerers' Challenge

You can read more about the The Sourceres' Challenges here Project: Sourcerers

Shropshire Unsourced Profiles are listed here: Shropshire Unsourced Profiles

Let's get sourcing! And Have Fun!

posted by Becky Troth
Following last weekends 'Source A Thon' the figures for unsourced Shropshire profiles are as follows:

Shropshire previous week: 1232, This week: 611= 621 profiles sourced!

Let's keep up the good work!

I've been going over the orphaned Shropshire Profiles and Categorising them, so there will be an increase of unsourced Shropshire profiles next week. There's also a lot more profiles in the 'Needs Gedcom cleanup' category. It would be wonderful to get those profiles cleaned up and sourced.

posted by Becky Troth