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What is the People and Places Challenge?

The aim is to create an online resource which combines a glossary, a companion, a compendium and a dictionary of common local and family history terms. We hope this will encourage the community to continue writing useful articles on a variety of subjects.

When writing an article think about:

  • What something is
  • When something occurred
    • why did it start and why did it finish
    • did it supercede anything
    • did it run concurrently with something else
  • Do any records survive
    • what do they contain
    • where are they
    • how to find them
    • how to use them
    • do they help lead to anything else
    • which countries / ethnic groups / nationalities etc do they relate to
  • Any related articles
  • Further reading and useful websites

Please cite sources used to write the article.

A list of articles is at People and Places Challenge Part One. Feel free to add to the list especially if there are any subjects you know a lot about or have always wanted to know about.

Why have we done this?

We hope to

  • extend reach of the community
  • improve quality of contributions
  • increase number of articles
  • make archives more accessible

Limitations

A red link is an article waiting to be written. However just because a red link becomes a blue link doesn’t mean that anything of value has been added – so the second part of the challenge will be to have some sort of scoring / quality measure on the completeness / usefulness of articles. Contributors will be able to see what articles are wanted and which ones could be improved upon.

From time to time new red links may be added. Initially the moderators seeded the project page with around 50 subjects and users are welcome to add more to the list.

What can I do?

We welcome contributions, whether one line definitions or expanded pieces. Here are some tasks you can do during the first stage -

Article requests: list from red links
Cleanup: from Improve
Expand: from Improve
Stubs: from Category
Verify: from Sources

In the second stage we hope users will also want to help -

Maintain the project page
Help to further develop Standards and Guidance
Score Articles (see below)


  • You need to Sign in or Register to make any edits
  • Check the list of wanted definitions
  • Later, check if there is an article and if there is one (a blue link) please add your knowledge to it to help other researchers. If there isn't one (a red link) you can create a page to start your work - please read the help page for advice on titling.
    • All articles relating to a place should start with Place:
    • If the article relates to a specific date or short period please include that in the title

Articles might be a description of events, of documents held by The National Archives, or from other collections or you might want to submit historical information relating to topics or places.

Project participants

If you'd like to take part at any stage of the Challenge please read
amend and
create articles in Your Archives.


Useful references

  • Internet searches of online historical dictionaries
  • Wikipedia but please confirm sources
  • Identifying your World War Soldier from Badges and Photographs by Iain Swinnerton.
  • Army Service Records of the First World War by Simon Fowler, et al.

Templates and Icons

The templates used in the Challenge are:

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Images

If you have an image which you would like to use in your article please see Help:Images and Help:Use and re-use of images.

Scoring process

We suggest a 1-5 rating. Articles generally considered to have high scores would clearly be candidates for the "Featured Articles" section on the Home Page.

Any registered user can assign scores - we want the community to reach a consensus, so an initial one-star rating may change over the course of a few weeks. Scoring can be debated on the discussion page of each article. As a wiki, every article is a work in progress, in theory, but perhaps we can agree on a timescale for the first stage, the definitions?