Sourcerers' Challenge (August 2020)

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Hello, Sourcerers! It is time to start sourcing! Prior month Owl Stickers and Sourcerers Badges will be posted soon.

To participate:

  • Review the Rules
  • If you are new to the Sourcerers' Challenge, click the "answer" link (not the comment link) and tell us you are participating

You only need to answer this month's post if you don't already have the Sourcerers' Badge. You are welcome to add an answer to ask questions or offer encouragement.

If you have a problem with the Tracker let us know by adding a comment to the question that opened this thread. 

USING THE TRACKER

The tracker should only be used when the profile meets the Monthly Challenge definition of Unsourced (see the Rules). Add a comment to the question if you are unsure if something counts as Unsourced. You can use either the Unsourced Profile Category or the DBE Report for Unsourced profiles to find profiles that will definitely qualify.

After you save an edit, a green banner appears at the top of the profile edit page with a dark “button” labeled Challenge Tracker is a link to the Tracker page. Click the link and, on the page that comes up, select Sourcerers challenge and click the appropriate hint in the right column (or fill in your own if none of the canned answers fit what you did). Click Add Action and you are finished. The Tracker tracks the number of profiles to which you have add sources. You can see the results for any monthly challenge using this link. The current month is at the bottom

http://wikitree.sdms.si/Challenges/SourcerersChallenge/default.htm

Remember, your sources need to be as full and specific as possible, so others find them useful. That means, if the source is online, you should link to it. If it is a page from a book, the page number should be included so others can easily see where you found the reference. Some books and magazines have free-space pages to help with citation formats. Find them in the Source Category.

When you can, it is great to do a bit more while adding sources, like clean up the gedcom leftovers or help the formatting from older profiles. Sources are important, but if you cannot find them among all the other stuff, they are not helping as much as they could.

The Orphaned profiles category is another great place to look for unsourced profiles. 

If you attempt to add sources to a profile and cannot find any, please add a note under a == Research Notes == section (click the link for examples and instructions on placement) giving where you tried to find records. Something like "Looked for John in the US Census records for 1900-1940 and could not find him on FamilySearch or Ancestry" would be fine. Or, "Searched google for an obituary and did not find one." That way the next researcher knows where to start. Do not remove the Unsourced Template and do not use the tracker to count in your tally.

The Monthly Challenge runs from the first of the month and ends on the last day of the month, GMT time. 

The Current Challenge Tracker Results Page has up the minute stats for those of you using the Challenge Tracker.

http://wikitree.sdms.si/Challenges/SourcerersChallenge/20200801/User.htm

Ask any questions here in the thread, otherwise, SOURCE!

in The Tree House by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (309k points)
Hah. I started August unintentionally.  Apparently I clicked the wrong box while working on July.  Hadn't noticed that the second Sourcers Challenge check box had appeared.
No worries, Bill. We open the challenge a day early to make sure it is ready for the New Zealanders and others who are across the international date line.
I am in.
Thanks, Terry. Hope you've had fun with it.
I'm in, as always ( or until we run out of unknowns and unsourced profiles!!).:)

44 Answers

+8 votes
Please count me in. I hope to do some extra sourcing this month.
by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (978k points)
Thanks, Robin. Good luck!
+7 votes
Count me in for August 2020! Thanks!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (468k points)
Thank you, Carol! Good luck
+7 votes
I'm in for this month....
by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (450k points)
Good luck, Dean. Thanks!
+8 votes
Count me in too, please
by Alison Palmer G2G6 Mach 1 (12.3k points)
Thanks, Alison. Good luck!
+7 votes
I am in for august as well!
by Rakelle Teschner G2G6 Mach 3 (34.0k points)
Thank you, Rakelle. Good luck!
+8 votes
Read the rules and ready to source!
by Marie Hart G2G Crew (640 points)
Thanks, Marie. I'll check the Tracker in about a week to confirm that it's working properly for you. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Hi Maria. I can see that you are adding sources, but don't see you on the Tracker yet. Have you used the Challenge Tracker link that appears in the green box at the top of profiles after you save? If so, would you do another change, click the Challenge Tracker link, and verify that the WikiTree ID is Hart-15589. Thanks!
+8 votes
Every little bit counts, right? I'll try to get some done in August.
by A Hayes G2G6 Mach 1 (12.6k points)
Absolutely, A, so thank you and good luck!
+10 votes

Since I've already sourced a few, I might as well admit that I'm doing it.

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (434k points)
When are you ever not sourcing, Greg? Thank you and good luck!
The first step is always admission...  :-)
I've removed the gold star. We don't use them in this challenge.
+8 votes
I am in and I also originally clicked in error but quite happy to do what I can and adding sources at the moment and correcting
by Elaine Mattsen G2G6 Mach 1 (10.6k points)
Thanks, Elaine.  I'll check the Tracker in about a week to confirm that it's working properly for you. Please let me know if you have any questions.
+8 votes
Count me in please.
by Marco Johan Nel G2G6 (9.9k points)

Thanks, Marco Johan.  I'll check the Tracker in about a week to confirm that it's working properly for you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I've confirmed that the Tracker is working for you, Marco. Thanks for adding the first source to a profile. Every improvement is great but please make sure to only use the tracker when adding the first source, not each time you improve a profile.
+6 votes
I will be doing some.
by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Pilot (112k points)
Thank you, Joan. Good luck!
+8 votes
Count me in, it's a nice way to spend cold wintery days during this covid thing.
by Jean Hollis G2G6 Mach 1 (12.3k points)

Thanks, Jean.  You must be in the southern hemisphere; stay warm! I'll check the Tracker in about a week to confirm that it's working properly for you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I've confirmed that the Tracker is working for you, Jean. Thanks for adding the first source to a profile. We will award your badge after we do stats at the beginning of September.

+7 votes
i am in please
by Stephen Davies G2G6 Mach 2 (21.8k points)

Thanks, Stephen. I'll check the Tracker in about a week to confirm that it's working properly for you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

thanks

I've confirmed that the Tracker is working for you, Stephen. Thanks for adding the first source to a profile. We will award your badge after we do stats at the beginning of September.

+7 votes
I would like to give it a try this month please
by Rosalie Neve G2G6 Mach 7 (71.5k points)
Always glad to have you join us, Rosalie. Good luck!
+5 votes
Count me in please.

Thank you
by Niek Boevé G2G6 Pilot (174k points)
You will be counted, Niek. Thank you and good luck!
+6 votes
Please count me in.  I will be doing sourcing in August as well.
by Ken Turman G2G Crew (380 points)

Thanks, Ken. I'll check the Tracker in about a week to confirm that it's working properly for you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you so much!

I've confirmed that the Tracker is working for you, Ken. Thanks for adding the first source to a profile. We will award your badge after we do stats at the beginning of September.

+7 votes

I will try to remember to use the challenge tracker this month :)

Also, question. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Russ-456 This unsourced profile appears locked ? I can't edit to add sources, so I added a comment. I'm curious how it is locked, it doesn't have a PPP badge or anything. Strange

by Christina Mckeithan G2G6 Mach 1 (11.9k points)
edited by Christina Mckeithan
Thanks for joining us this month, Christina. Maybe we both can remember to use it LOL

The open privacy requirement goes in to affect if a profile is for someone born before 1870 (150 years) or died before 1920 (100 years). Mr Rush doesn't meet either of the requirements at this point. Adding the sources in a comment in the most we can do in those cases.
Thanks Debi that makes sense. I wasn't sure what the date cuts offs were.
If you leave a sourcing comment on the profile leave a note here on the thread that you did and the profile url of WT ID.  That way I can check it and add it to your count manually.
Thanks Laura. I added a comment for this one, and several others that I don't recall now lol.
If you look at your contributions list you may be able to figure it out since we have only had a few days of August data.

I dont know why I didn't think of that. I found these.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Russ-455

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Davis-32024

Thank you !

No problem.   I often look at contributions trying to help people find something they did.  I will add two to your count at the end of the month.  Thanks for sourcing!
+7 votes
Please count me in for sorcerers challenge and thanks for the invite Heather
by Heather Brannon G2G6 Mach 1 (13.2k points)

Thanks, Heather. I'll check the Tracker in about a week to confirm that it's working properly for you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I've confirmed that the Tracker is working for you, Heather. Thanks for adding the first source to a profile. We will award your badge after we do stats at the beginning of September.

Please remember to only track for profiles which already existed. Brand new profiles don't qualify for this challenge.

+7 votes
Count me in!
by Loralee Hutton G2G6 (8.3k points)

Thanks, Loralee. I'll check the Tracker in about a week to confirm that it's working properly for you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I've confirmed that the Tracker is working for you, Loralee. Thanks for adding the first source to profiles. We will award your badge after we do stats at the beginning of September.

+7 votes
I'm a little late in the game, but I also never enough time on my hands to place.. lol.  Add me in for August.
by Matthew Evans G2G6 Mach 1 (11.7k points)
That's the great thing about a Monthly Challenge; you're never late *grin* Thanks for joining us and have a good time, Matthew.

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