Wikipedia:WikiProject Genealogy

The WikiProject for Genealogy aims to improve genealogy-related articles and to standardize and verify genealogical information on Wikipedia. While Wikipedia is not and never was intended as a genealogy software, this area may still be further improved. Nearly all royalty articles include a section of brief ancestry, as well as a list of spouse(s) and issue. This practice may possibly be extended outside the bounds of royalty and aristocracy where encyclopedically relevant, while keeping within Wikipedia's notability and verifiability standards.

This project covers all Wikipedia articles related to the subject of genealogy, including businesses, individuals, websites, software, etc. that are involved in the genealogical field. It also covers any genealogical information on notable families, usually formatted as family tree charts, ahnentafel pedigree charts, or lists. Templates to create family trees and ahnentafels are also in the scope of this WikiProject.


  When editing genealogy-related articles and genealogical information on Wikipedia, keep in mind the following:

If you have questions about how these guidelines relate to an article you are editing, post your questions on the article's talk page or on this WikiProject's talk page.

Things you can do


The current Genealogy WikiProject Collaboration is:

Please help improve the article to good article standards!

  • Improve and harmonise contents presentation within family articles



To assess articles, use the WikiProject Genealogy banner on the article's talk page.

  • Under class, give the article a quality rating: FA, FL, A, GA, B, C, Start, Stub, List, or NA
  • Under priority, give the article a priority/importance rating: Top, High, Mid, Low

For example, a good article of high importance will use this code:

{{WikiProject Genealogy |class=GA |priority=high }}

Importance scale


Priority must be regarded as a relative term. If priority values are applied within this project, these only reflect the perceived importance to this project. An article judged to be "Top-Class" in one context may be only "Mid-Class" in another project. The criteria used for rating article priority are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability of the average reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it).

Quality scale


Article Alerts




The most common template used for displaying ancestry trees is {{Ahnentafel}} (for what the German word Ahnentafel means see the Wikipedia article "Ahnentafel"). For help on how to use {{Ahnentafel}} and other templates and methods that are available for displaying family/ancestory trees see Help:Family trees and the documentation within the templates.

Current template discussions


Place below any templates that are potentially useful for members of this project and that are currently the subject of a discussion (most recent first):

Wikidata equivalent


A Wikidata ancestry equivalent similar to WikiTree, for a language independent encyclopedically relevant database, likely containing mostly monarchs and such. Thus, each generation where ancestry is deemed relevant in biographical articles would not need a complete reformatting, while access and implementation over the language board would be facilitated. Naturally, if applied, a new template rendering from this wikidata family tree would be needed. Also, precaution of personal integrity would be a main issue.



Please feel free to add your name to this list if you would like to join this project. Currently active participants are also listed here.

The following are registered members of this WikiProject:


 This user is a participant in Wikiproject Genealogy.

Feel free to insert the Template:User WikiProject Genealogy on your user page with the following code: {{User WikiProject Genealogy}}.

See also


Wikimedia genealogy projects


Partner projects



Main tool page:
  • Reflinks - Edits bare references - adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Checklinks - Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver - Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer - Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.

Genealogy databases