Sourcerers' Challenge (September 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/20200901/User.htm

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

[edited to update link to September Challenge Tracker results]

in The Tree House by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (321k points)
edited by Debi Hoag
I'm in, as always --- as long as there are unknowns and unsourced profiles!!!
Thanks, Pam. Good luck

34 Answers

+12 votes
Please include defrieze-2 in the September challenge
by George DeFrieze G2G3 (3.8k points)
Thanks for joining us, George! 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, George. Thanks for adding the first source to a profile. We will award your badge after we do stats at the beginning of October.

+9 votes

I'm in, as always. Hopefully, now that the kids will be back in school, I'll be able to do more sourcing than the last few months. laugh

by Alex Stronach G2G6 Pilot (323k points)
Glad to have you with us again, Alex. Good luck!
+9 votes
I'm in.  This is fun!

Do we need to be on teams?
by Deb Williams G2G6 Mach 1 (10.9k points)
No teams.  These Monthly Challenges we work against earning milestones by sourcing 50, 100, 300 or over 500.  So the challenge is to improve as many profiles as you can and earn some nifty owl stickers.  But we truly appreciate every profile sources so if all you have time to do in a month is one that counts towards the yearly milestone.  We believe in recognizing our members in many ways because what you do is amazing!  Cyber hugs!

The Source A Thon is where teams come into play.
Glad to have you with us again, Deb. Have fun.
+9 votes
Please count me in again. Thanks, Debi.
by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
We've got you counted, Robin. Thanks!
+8 votes
I'm in for September.  Thanks!
by Fred Adamson G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
Glad to see you, Fred. Good luck!
+9 votes
I'm in for September please
by Anon Sharkey G2G6 Mach 3 (35.8k points)
Thanks, Anon. Good luck!
+9 votes
Count me in. Thanks.
by Sharryn Nankervis G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
Thank you, Sharryn. Good luck!
+8 votes
I'm in, not sure how much I can do with uni starting again but I'm going to try my best.
by Monique Duffhauss G2G6 (8.4k points)
Thanks, Monique. Good luck with uni and sourcing!
+8 votes
Count me in.
by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Pilot (117k points)
Will do, Joan. Thanks!
+8 votes
Please count me in for September!  Thanks.
by Kim de Groot G2G6 Mach 1 (15.4k points)
Thanks, Kim. Good luck!
+8 votes
I'm in again
by Cathleen Langhoff G2G4 (4.5k points)
Thanks, Colleen. Good luck!
+7 votes
Hey Debi!

I'm all in for September 2020! Thanks!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (521k points)
Thanks, Carol. Good Luck!
+6 votes
Please add me for the month of September.  Thanks!
by Matthew Evans G2G6 Mach 1 (15.0k points)
Thanks, Matthew. Have fun!
+6 votes
I would like to join the sourcerers challenge for September. Thanks!
by Holly Torano G2G3 (3.5k points)

Thanks for joining us, Holly! 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, Holly. Thanks for adding the first source to a profile. We will award your badge after we do stats at the beginning of October.

+6 votes
I'll most likely be at it again this month :)
by Rakelle Teschner G2G6 Mach 3 (36.4k points)
I'd be really surprised if you were not *smile* Thanks, Rakelle, and good luck!
+6 votes
Please include me in this month's challenge.
by Liz Valentine G2G3 (3.3k points)
Thanks for joining us, Liz. I'll check the tracker next week to make sure it is working for you. Please let us know if you have any questions about how to find old profile which have no sources.
+6 votes
Happy to try :)
by Katie Hollabaugh G2G Crew (910 points)

Thanks for joining us, Katie. I'll check the tracker next week to make sure it is working for you.

+4 votes
I'm going to join in this month's challenge.  so many challenges, so little time!
by Cathy Fahey G2G3 (3.0k points)

Thanks for joining us, Cathy. I'll check the tracker next week to make sure it is working for you.  I was already able to confirm that the Tracker is working for you. Thanks for adding the first source to a profile. We will award your badge after we do stats at the beginning of October.

+4 votes
Add me in this month thanks!
by Sharon Gabert G2G6 Mach 1 (12.1k points)
Thanks, Sharon. Good luck and have fun!
+2 votes
I'm in again this month...
by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (477k points)
Thanks, Dean. Have fun!

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