Kiwi Crew 2020 Source-a-thon Chat Page

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Getting in early!!  (Today is 31 Aug 2020 - in Canada anyway) It is already 1 Sept in NZ

Registration for the 2020 Source-a-thon is due to start today. I will post the link when it becomes available.

The source-a-thon itself will run during the first weekend of October (from 2-5 October in the Eastern Time Zone) BUT it will run from 3 to 6 October in NZ.

I will of course post all updates, including video hangout times, during this month (September)  when they become available.

If anyone from the Kiwi Crew team has a question, please feel free to post it here.

WikiTree profile: Space:The_Kiwi_Crew
in The Tree House by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Do I need to reg again. Or as you sent. A email am I ready to go for the kiwi crew
David, you are registered already. No need to do anything more.

Badges are slowly being issued, but they are done manually, so you will need to be patient.  They should all be issued by the end of this month.
I think i have found what I am looking for to sign up if not, wow

by Dianne Bothamley

Just so you don't miss it.  (Dianne had originally commented to the OP, stating Kiwi Crew.)

36 Answers

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by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Registration has now CLOSED!!!  (as of 30 Sept)
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The Main Page for the 2020 Source-a-thon is here
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
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The current team list - as of 18th Sept (NZT) is as follows

Robynne Lozier - Captain
Graeme Olney
Fiona McMichael
Campbell Braddock
Nic Connelly
Maxx Martin
Charlene Newport
David Smith
Michael Butler
Norma Crozier

The start time for the Source-a-thon will be roughly in the early hours of Saturday morning (possibly between 12 and 3 AM) on 3rd October.

I wont know for sure until the weekend prior to the start of the source-a-thon because I have to see what the new times are after daylight savings starts in NZ.

This event is scheduled to End in the early hours of Tuesday morning (6th October). So basically, it covers the 3 full days of Saturday, Sunday and Monday (3-5th October) in NZ.

I am currently also waiting for the hangout schedule to be posted so that I can post those times as well.

I am keeping an eye on things, guys, so please dont worry. At least not too much.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Also adding Cassandra Miles!!

smiley Ready action 

This event doesnt start until 3rd October (NZT) so there is no need to do anything until then.

I cannot add any schedules until after 28th Sept (next week) because I need to wait for Daylight Savings to START in NZ so I can check the clocks.
OK Dianne Bothamley has also joined the Kiwi  Crew!!

Welcome Dianne - to Wikitree and the Kiwi Crew.

Assignments will be given out next week - after daylight savings starts in NZ.

I have to figure out the clock times.

Richard Shelley has also signed up as well.
Current Team List has been added to the Space Page

Dated 23 Sept 2020 (NZT)

Robynne Lozier (Captain)
Graeme Olney
Fiona McMichael
Campbell Braddock
Nic Connelly
Maxx Martin
Charlene Newport
David Smith
Michael Butler
Norma Crozier
Cassandra Miles
Dianne Bothamley
Richard Shelley

Quick question I have 10-15 people in my tree that need proper sources if I wait and update then will they count or do we only do the ones on the attached list
Do these profiles currently have the Unsourced Profile tag above the biography heading?

If yes then leave them for the source-a-thon

If not, then no, they will not count and they can be done anytime.

The unsourced profiles are those that have spoecifically been tagged as unsourced.

Also David, if you can please post your questions as answers rather than comments. Comments are so easy to miss.


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When I save the link like this the link doesn't work == Sources ==

NZ BDM records Death 2017/22940 Jean May Smith DOB 11feb 1925


What am I doing wrong
by David Smith G2G Crew (870 points)
You need to add the <references /> tag under the Sources heading
Thanks got sorted finally

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There is some good news!!

The monthly update for the DIA database will be happening this weekend - the weekend of 26 & 27th September!! The red notice is on the database right now!!

Identity Services Online service outage:  from Saturday 26/09/2020 10:00 pm to Sunday 27/09/2020 10:00 1m

This website will be unavailable due to system maintenance.

You may want to check back from time to time as you may be able to access the website earlier.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Which means there will be NO DOWNTIME next weekend for the Source-a-thon!!


This will also be the weekend that NZ starts Daylight Savings!!

by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
PS it is now early Friday morning (2nd Oct) in NZ and there is NO RED WARNING on the DIA site which means we should have access for the whole weekend!!

I am just checking to be sure!! LOL
The BDM DIA website just in case you need it!!
Ancestry is also having a free weekend for NZ and Australian records too.
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Now that NZ is in DST, I can finally do the Hangout schedule.

It's pretty much the same as last years schedule..

NZ Time  - Hang Out Schedule -

Saturday Oct 3

    1 AM (NZT) Starting event and Kick off.
    5 AM (NZT)
    9 AM (NZT)
    1 PM (NZT)
    5 PM (NZT)
    9 PM (NZT)

Sunday Oct 4

   1 AM (NZT)
   5 AM (NZT)
   9 AM (NZT)
   1 PM (NZT)
   5 PM (NZT)
   9 PM  (NZT)

Monday Oct 5

    1 AM (NZT)
    5 AM (NZT)
    9 AM (NZT)
    1 PM (NZT)
    5 PM (NZT)
    9 PM (NZT)

Tuesday Oct 6

     1 AM (NZT) -- Ending Wrap Up and End of Marathon

So everything starts at 0100 on Saturday morning in NZ - while it is 8 AM on Friday in the eastern time zone - where I live!!

You can see more details here

by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
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Badges have now been completed

Everyone who has registered now has a badge - also called a BIB.

These will be used for drawing the prize winners during the hangouts.

Badge Numbers - for the Kiwi Crew

Robynne Lozier (Captain) - 007
Graeme Olney - 025
Fiona McMichael - 037
Campbell Braddock - 051
Nic Connelly - 071
Maxx Martin - 131
Charlene Newport - 365
David Smith - 371
Michael Butler - 386
Norma Crozier - 392
Cassandra Miles - 405
Dianne Bothamley - 421
Richard Shelley - 425

Margaret Allison - 468
Matt McNabb - 481
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
edited by Robynne Lozier
Registration has now closed. In fact Dorsey just scrapped in as the very last registration!! Welcome to the team, Dorsey!!

This is now the official Kiwi Crew team for the 2020 Source-a-thon - with badge numbers.

This marathon will begin at 1 AM on Saturday morning NZT - which is 8 AM Friday in Eastern Daylight Time (NYC and Toronto where I live)
Dorsey St Jude has been removed at Eowyn's request.
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I have received no information about this for the Kiwi Crew. Just realised it is on. Have I been deleted from the system?
by Margaret Allison G2G6 Mach 2 (28.4k points)
Margaret, you would need to follow the_kiwi_crew tag. I don’t think it’s too late to sign up to the Source-a-thon.

Edit - as I scroll down I see you have done so.
I did that as soon as I wrote the answer.
You are now on the team roster Margaret.

You just need to wait for your badge....

Thank for signing up again.
PS, Margaret,

Could you send me a PM with your Wikitree EMAIL address.

This is so I can add you to the Kiwi Crew privacy list?

That way you won't miss any future announcements.


I hope you got the PM that I sent you with my email address.
Sorry No. Not yet.

I will look for it later. I wont be emailing anyone during this marathon. That is for any future announcements on the Kiwi Crew page.

THIS chat page is the main means of communication for the next 3 days.
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The Unsourced lists that are on the Kiwi Crew Space page - are all in one long spread sheet and NOT in any alphabetic order so I cannot divide up the letters like I usually do.

The largest group is the 1800s so you can basically start from anywhere on the list and find a source - either in NZ (DIA database) or in the UK or whereever that person came from. Or you can use any of the other date lists.

Do NOT forget to remove the Unsourced profile tag at the top and also click the tracker at the top as well.I think the tracker may work automatically,  but I dont remember!

For any profile that is unlisted (with a Black dot) you will have to ignore them as noone else can access those apart from the Admin team and the PM and anyone on the rtusted list. So those can be ignored!!

If you run out of NZ profiles to do, you are free to find any unsourced profile from anywhere else and from any other country. They will still be counted for the NZ team.

If you have any questions, please feel to ask on this page - with a new answer. Please do not ask as a comment. those are easy to miss!!

With regards to prizes, if your name (number) is drawn, you have 4 hours to claim a prize before you lose the chance (at the next hangout) and your name goes back into the pot for another draw.

If you do claim a prize, your name is then removed from the pot. Once you have claimed a prize, you are no longer eligible for any more.

Thank you and good luck.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
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Instructions for adding sources

If you find a valid source:

  1. Edit the profile to add the source, according to our Sources guide.
  2. Remove the {{Unsourced}} Research Note Box tag.
  3. Save the profile and click the Challenge Tracker button.
  4. On the Challenge Tracker, select the Source-a-Thon checkbox.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)

Adding more instructions.

Select an Open (white) profile from anywhere in the category or one of its subcategories and search for sources to back up the facts of the person's life.

Valid sources include census records, BMD records/index references, military documents, land documents, wills, etc. A source cannot be another user-generated family tree, such as Geni or an Ancestry Member Tree.

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Just starting a countdown.

I am typing this at 8 PM Thursday evening ET, which is 1 PM Friday afternoon NZT.

There is exactly 12 hours to go, as of now, until the source-a-thon BEGINS!!!!

Also links have been provide for asking any questions about the source-a-thon

And also for claiming a prize. (The first hangout is in 12 hours time when the marathon starts. There MAY be a prize draw)
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
edited by Robynne Lozier
This is the tracker. Currently still filled up with last years results. I assume those will be cleared out in the next 12 hours - before the source-a-thon starts.
I will not be starting until the morning. And I have a prior engagement on Monday evening, so will not be working then.
Thats Fine Margaret.  Any little bit you can do will help.
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We at Nor'Easters wish you the best of luck in the 2020 Source-a-thon. Just over 8 hours to go before we kick it into high gear. And remember, HAVE FUN!!!!!

by Steven Tibbetts G2G6 Pilot (340k points)
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Another countdown..

 The time right now is 12 Midnight in NZ Saturday AM - and 7 AM in ET Friday Morning.

Just ONE hour left to go, before this marathon starts.

So Roll call.

Who is staying up in NZ to help get started?

GO Kiwi Crew!!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
I am in the Middle East its 2 45 in the arvo nearly time to start
David if you accidently flagged the 2 posts above, can you please unflag them. Click the flag button again and save.

Flags are not a good thing on wikitree.

Yes 15 minutes left to go.
I will be up for a few hours as I'm in Oz and 3 hours behind NZ during daylight savings.
Charlene, good to have you on board!!

David, Thanks for removing those flags!!

8 Minutes left to go!!
I'm up, will probably source for an hour or so then continue in the morning
Great to see you Maxx!!
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Source-a-thon has begun!!!

Video is now on!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
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Unsourced Profiles for NZ are listed on the Kiwi Crew Page - for those who are looking
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
And if you are doing NZ profiles, THIS is the NZ index for BDM
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How are we all doing? 

Hangout for 5 AM Sat (NZT) is due to start in the next 5 minutes!!

Charlene is doing an awesome job!!

The team is currently in 7th place on the teams list.

Charlene is in first place on the Individual list!!

GO Charlene!!

by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
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David Smith won a prize in the 5 AM chat - he needs to claim a prize BEFORE 9 AM Sat (NZT)
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
edited by Robynne Lozier
Sorry David, you lost your chance and you missed out!!
I saw it thanks was a little too late but was neet thanks
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Time is now 2 PM Friday for me and 7 AM Sat in NZ.

How are you all doing?

Charlene is doing phenomenally well!!

David won a Prize which he needs to claim - he has 2 hours left.

I'm plodding along. It helps to find a large family of profiles - all of whom have the unsourced tag - such a nice little rabbit hole!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
The Challenge Tracker has stopped working for me - just tried to access and it bombed me out. So I lost that one! This is the message I am getting

"The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later."
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Ok - It is now 8.30 AM Sat in NZ. And the next hang out video starts in half an hour - at 9 AM.

If David does not claim his prize in the next 30 minutes, he will miss out - but his name will go back in the pot for another chance.

I found another rabbit hole - a second large family with profiles all of which have the unsourced tag!!  Yaaay me!!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
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Ok the 4 PM chat (9 AM NZT) chat is currently happening.

I'm going to take a break - I have been here for 8 hours solid and i need a break.

I also have a family chat to do in an hours time, so I want tto take a break. I should be back in 2-3 hours - definitely before the next video hangout.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Good job 3000!!!!!!!!!

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