On main article or category for area

Just put the shortcut {{Navcty}} at the top of the main category or article for the county etc. Follow it with {{alsoWP}} to link to the Wikipedia equivalent, if any; where the WP page has a different name, include that after a pipe, e.g. {{alsoWP|Manhattan}}.

Template:ctycat probably supersedes the direct use of this for counties/parishes/boroughs of the United States, but not for other areas such as cities or other countries; see Template:ctycat-eu for Europe.

Derived pages

The template's form assumes that BASEPAGENAME (i.e. the name without any subpage additions) is the name of the county or other division. That applies to the subpages (i.e. pages that begin with the county name followed by a slash). However, it is not true on the category pages (such as all of the "People" group) or most other pages where the template may be used. For those pages, override with parameter |mainpage=NEWNAME (where NEWNAME is the county name). For example, on a page called "Category:Born in Greene County, Ohio" or "List of libraries in Greene County, Ohio", the template should be edited so as to look like this: {{Navbox_county2-en|mainpage=Greene County, Ohio}}. If that page is a category, it is a good idea to add {{catmore+}} so as to encourage readers to create an article instead of writing on the category page. Recently developed county category templates such as Template:Born in US have that and other enhancements built in; please use them and help to create others.


This is for counties in countries that have written records in European languages from only about the 16th century: USA, Canada, perhaps anywhere in the Americas. It can be used for states themselves and for cities. See the categories for variations used for other countries such as Australia and India.

Questions of detail and design

There has been discussion of details of this navbox. One professional genealogist described it as "horrible" but without offering an improved version. Questions of content rather than appearance concern the categorisation of the subpages and even whether we want subpages rather than independent articles for the various related elements. See the forums.

One problem apparent straight after we upgraded to MediaWiki 1.13 is the top panel, which is meant to have everything in one line. It used to. Maybe carriage returns are treated differently. Maybe all navboxes are affected? Anyone got a solution?