In a source-a-thon, how do you find the sources

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in The Tree House by David Crompton G2G1 (1.9k points)
What Brian says - research (aka hard slog).

It's no different from how they are normally found.  The only real difference between normal sourcing and a challenge (Source-a-Thon, weekend sprint, monthly challenge), is the time allotted for doing it.
As Brian says. Also look at the relatives, they might already have a source, such as a census.

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Best answer

You can add any source on their profile such as: birth information, US Federal Census reports ie: years 1880 to 1940 from Family Search ; Find A Grave Information or an obituary from a funeral home,

These are examples only:

  • Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 Birth, Marriage & Death Name June Green Spouse Lewis L Barger Marriage 6 Mar 1937 - Rhea, TN.
  • 1940 United States Federal Census Name: Mary Barry Age: 9 Estimated birth year: abt 1930's Gender: Female Race: White Birthplace: Rhode Island Marital Status: Single Relation to Head of House: Daughter (Child) Home in 1940: Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island.
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989 Directories & Member Lists Name June G Barger Spouse Lewis L Barger Residence 1951 - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
  • U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 DEATH, BURIAL, CEMETERY & OBITUARIES NAME: Thomas Gerald Barry [Thomas G Barry] MOTHER: Rose McKenna FATHER: George D Barry BIRTH: date - location. DEATH: dd mm 1994.

Note: Other examples can be found at this link: and here:'s_Dream_Source_Help_Page

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
+5 votes
Via Research... LOL!

~Brian Kerr
[Theoretical Theorist]
by Living Kerr G2G6 Pilot (313k points)
+1 vote
There is one short cut if the profile already exists.

When you are on a profile and before you start to EDIT the profile, on the right side of the profile, if you scroll down, you will see a section called Research.

You can click on the "RootsSearch" tool, and it will load the profile data in a form that you can edit so that you can further initiate a search on one of 24 different genealogy websites.

You may have to change the data in some instances based on the site you are searching on. (i.e., you will need to change the last name at birth (LNAB) to the current/married last name (CLN) when searching for a wife on Find a Grave)
by Tommy Buch G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
+4 votes
Like others have said, it's just normal research.  In a "thon" things tend to be more hurried and the profile already exists so I rely heavily on the "RootsSearch" function. I find that turns up something for almost everyone born in the late 1800s or early 1900s.  Sometimes you need to removed the mother's maiden name from the search to find census records (because they show her married name).

Another "cheat" is to find the person's profile in the family tree and see which sources are attached or suggested.  Be sure to also check the "memories" and "collaboration" sections.  I've found  images posted of all sorts of old records that aren't on familysearch or ancestry or the other services.

Also, if you find the person in either the or or other trees but they are unsourced, you can search using the dates & places given in the trees.  Sometimes it's easier to find a source when you can be more targeted with in what you're looking for.
by Paige Kolze G2G6 Mach 3 (36.1k points)

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