Saturday Sourcing Sprint (26 Sep 2020)

+9 votes

Hello WikiTreers! 

imageJoin in on this week's 24-hour Saturday Sourcing Sprint!

It's basically a casual mini Source-a-Thon.

When it's Saturday where you are, get sourcing!                                        
(And quit when it's Sundaysmiley)

Anytime you want to compete for the Weekly Winners badge, click answer at the bottom of this post, We use the Challenge Tracker to record the profiles we sources. 

Tell us about your successes, discrepancies, stories that tug at your heart strings, and new amazing sources. We have a Google Hangout if you'd like to join us. It will be as busy or quiet as we make it.

  • All profiles improved must come from the Unsourced categories or be already present on WikiTree and only have links to other profiles, links to search results from another genealogy website, or the words "Ancestry tree," "," "Pedigree Resource Files" from FamilySearch, and the like. Do not delete these items as they can provide clues for other researchers.
  • If you cannot find any sources, create a Research Notes section, list where you tried to find records, and add four tildes to the end of your note as a date stamp (you won't see it until you save). Do not remove the Unsourced Template and do not use the tracker or count in your tally. Example:
    • "Looked for John in the US Census records for 1900-1940 and couldn't find him on FamilySearch or Ancestry"
  • Sources citations need to provide a way for anyone to find the source. We strive for the Evidence Explained format to tell where, what, who, and when, as well as where the was source was found. Do not delete existing items in the Sources area as they can provide clues for other researchers. 
    • Examples of citations can be found in the Tip of the Week first comment in each post and in the Citation Example page where the Weekly Tips will be archived.
  • If you add a source which names other family members, check to see if their profiles exist. 
    • If not, add  [[Category:Needs Profiles Created]] to the first line of the edit box
    • If so and there are no sources, add the source. Use the tracker to count that profile too

See the Sprint Help Page for full details. 

When you save the profile, a green bar for the Challenge Tracker will appear at the top. Due to the security changes for the implementation of GDPR regulations, unlisted profiles are not eligible for challenge tracking. 

For all others, click the Challenge Tracker button, add or verify your WikiTreeID, select a pre-defined comment or add your own to indicate which type(s) of source(s) you added, put a check mark in the "Saturday Sourcing Sprint" box, and click "Add Action." If you participate in the Monthly Sourcerers' Challenge you can click both boxes. For visual learners, this YouTube video starting at about the 4.30 minute mark will explain how to use the tracker (earlier parts of the video explain how to find sources and add the citations to profiles).

You can track your progress on the Challenge Tracker report. Only use the Challenge Tracker if it is between 12 am to 12 midnight on Saturday when you are adding sources. 

Don't forget to remove the Unsourced template if you are able to add a source!

in The Tree House by Alex Stronach G2G6 Pilot (334k points)

10 Answers

+6 votes
Best answer
I should be good to go again this Saturday!
by David Carlson G2G6 Pilot (193k points)
selected by Alex Stronach
You've done it again David! You won this weeks Sprint with 150 profiles sourced. Well done!
+7 votes
HI Alex! Count me in for a few this weekend!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (679k points)
+7 votes
I will do some
by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Pilot (136k points)
+6 votes
I'm in again this weekend...
by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (582k points)
+6 votes
Not sure what's going on tomorrow, but I can get some sources processed.
by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 7 (71.6k points)
+7 votes
I think I will attempt this as my first Wikitree challenge.  So, I may have some questions.  Wish me luck.  Thanks.
by Living Beckett G2G6 Mach 1 (14.3k points)
If you have questions, ask away. Lot's of people will be happy to help out.

Best of luck, and thanks for giving it a go!

I also answered the Monthly Sourcing challenge, but I couldn't access the challenge tracker.  When I tried to access it, it showed the following...

User ID not found: 27952612 Note: Profiles created after sunday, protected profiles and merged profiles are not part of public database. UserID = ProfileID = 27609505 IP= Error in parameters.

Am I doing something wrong?  Since I couldn't access the tracker for the monthly challenge, will I also encounter the same problem with the Saturday Sourcing Sprint?

I also added a census record to the unsourced profile for Florence Lavinia (Barrell) Smith (1901 - abt. 1976).

However, I couldn't access the tracker to post my point and I was thinking if I can't access the tracker for the monthly Sourcing challenge, I was thinking I might not be able to access the tracker for the Saturday Sourcing Sprint.



Thanks, Alex.  Do you think this is just a quirk in Wikitree's computers since I have never participated before in a challenge?


Hello Jo

I took a look into this for you, and I can't see where the issue arose. The tracking was working was working on Saturday, as the contributions of others have been tracked. 

The monthly Sourcerer challenge is on hold until after the Oct 2-5th Source-A-Thon. Perhaps that is the issue? I'm not sure. 

I had a look at the Sourcing you've done, and you're on the right track and have the right idea. I hope this glitch doesn't discourage your participation in the future. 

I would encourage you to sign up for the upcoming Source-A-Thon, if sourcing interests you. You can find the sign up here.  

The next weekly Sourcing Sprint will be Oct 10th. Let's take a look then and see if we can figure this out. 


I took your advice and I signed up with your Team Roses for the Source-A-Thon. Debi said everything with my account should now be fixed and I should be able to access the tracker.  Thanks.
+5 votes

I'd like to play too!  Ignore everything I have submitted thus far.  I am new and was on a bit of a clicking frenzy angel

by Nicki Davis G2G3 (3.7k points)
+4 votes
Couldn't sleep; might as well source!
by Carole Bannes G2G6 Mach 2 (28.9k points)
+3 votes
starting now
by Tim Prince G2G6 Mach 4 (41.1k points)
+3 votes
Since it's better late than never, I will participate starting now.  Thanks.
by Living Maynard G2G2 (2.9k points)

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