Sourcerers' Challenge (October 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/20201001/User.htm

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

in The Tree House by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (319k points)

34 Answers

+13 votes
I would like to participate.
by Bekka Spencer G2G4 (4.7k points)
Thanks, Bekka. Good luck and have fun!
You are not showing up on the Tracker yet, Bekka. Have you used it yet after adding the first source to an existing profile?
So sorry - I actually haven't! I will try to do some unsourced profiles later in the week. Thanks for checking in!
I just checked the tracker, Bekka, and it is working for you. Thanks for sourcing those profiles. We'll award your badges after we do stats in November.
+12 votes
I'm in for October.  Thanks Debi.
by Fred Adamson G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
Thanks, Fred. Good luck and have fun!
+12 votes
I may have done one or two already; either way, I am in :)
by Rakelle Teschner G2G6 Mach 3 (36.4k points)
I have too, Rakelle LOL Good luck this month!
+12 votes
I'd like to participate.
by Lynnette Hettrick G2G6 Mach 2 (25.2k points)

It's great to have you with us, Lynette. Thanks for sourcing profiles. We'll award your badge early in November after we have updated the stats.

+13 votes
I enjoyed the Source-a-thon so will continue and participate this month. I was sourcing profiles from the decade 1801-1810 from my home state of New Jersey. I want to finish the decade and maybe go back to some of the more confusing ones and sort them out.
by Nancy Wilson G2G6 Mach 4 (49.2k points)
Thanks, Nancy, good luck and have fun!
+12 votes
Please count me in for October.  Thanks!
by Kim de Groot G2G6 Mach 1 (15.2k points)
Thanks, Kim. Good luck and have fun!
+12 votes
It was great fun - I concentrated on unsourced Irish profiles, such satisfaction to utilise so many of the great (free!) resources out there to help sort out some of the many hundreds of Patricks, Marys, Josephs and Margarets who plague the family trees of any of us who are lucky to have Irish ancestry!!  There is still a long way to go until all of them are sourced and untangled...
by Leigh Murrin G2G6 Mach 3 (32.0k points)
Thanks, Leigh! Good luck & have fun.
+12 votes
Please count me in again for this month. Thanks, Debi.
by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Have fun, Robin. Good luck!
+11 votes
I'd like to participate! The Source-A-Thon which just ended was my first experience and was both challenging and full of new ideas.  I'm glad I wrote down three profiles that I wanted to go back to, for a deeper attempt to source.   One of them appeared to have a mistake--a birthdate marked as certain--which several sources seemed to prove wrong.  Perhaps it *is* certain, but I'd like to have had the time to verify it instead of backing down and moving on.  At any rate, thank you!  I'm looking forward to more sourcing this month!
by Anonymous Van Wert G2G2 (2.7k points)
Thanks for joining us. Good luck and thank you!
+11 votes
Hi I will try to a few this month thanks
by Sharon Gabert G2G6 Mach 1 (12.1k points)
Thanks, Sharon. Good luck!
+11 votes
I'm in, as always. Continuing to work on orphans and unknowns, especially the women with unknown LNAB and the old GEDcom errors.
by Pam Smith G2G6 (9.1k points)
Thanks, Pam. Good luck!
+11 votes
I will do some
by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Pilot (117k points)
Thanks, Joan. Good luck and have fun!
+9 votes
Since I'm putting new sources into some of my profiles, you can add me to this one.
by Roy Lamberton G2G6 Mach 4 (45.1k points)
Thank you, Roy. Have fun and good luck!
+9 votes
Count me in! Thank you.
by Alex Stronach G2G6 Pilot (321k points)
Thank you, Alex. Good luck and thank you!
+8 votes
Count me in for October! I just did 210 for our Source-a-Thon!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (510k points)
Thanks, Carol. Good luck and have fun!
+9 votes
I'd like to play with the Sourcerers!

  :)

Claire
by Claire Nava G2G6 Mach 1 (13.5k points)
Glad to have you with us, Claire. Good luck & have fun!
+9 votes

This will be my first time taking part. And why not--it's not like I have anything else to work on. . . wink

by Richard Heritage G2G6 Mach 4 (46.7k points)
LOL some of us just can't help ourselves. Welcome to our rabbit hole. It's great to have you with us and thanks for sourcing profiles. We'll award your badge early in November after we have updated the stats.
+9 votes
I'm in.  I just finished with the Source a Thon and had a lot of fun, so I was thinking I may want to do this more often.
by Staci Golladay G2G6 Mach 2 (22.4k points)

It's great to have you with us, Staci, and thanks for sourcing profiles. We'll award your badge early in November after we have updated the stats.

+8 votes
I would like to participate in October.
by Russell Repass G2G Crew (440 points)
Welcome to sourcing, Russell. Have fun and let us know if you have any questions. I'll check the Tracker next week to make sure it is working correctly for you.
The tracker is working, Russell. Thanks for sourcing profiles. We'll award your badge early in November after we have updated the stats.
+9 votes
I would like to participate.

I just sourced Bürger-3607 and Fäsy-2; both as help for Pennie-22.

Thanks.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Thank you for joining us, Dieter, and for sourcing those profiles for Laura (Pennie-22). I will check the tracker next week to make sure everything is working for you.
You did amazing work on Burgin now Burger-3607 and Fasy-2.   Really appreciate the primary sources you found and added.

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