Sourcerers' Challenge (November 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 added 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/20201101/User.htm

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

in The Tree House by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (322k points)
First two profiles I try to add sources are both locked.  Haven't been touched since 2016, husband and wife.

Help please.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Edwards-13688

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Walters-4287
I found many more and contacted the profile manager also.
Profiles are allowed to be at that level of privacy until their death year is more than 100 years ago or their birth year is more than 150 years ago. You can ask to be added to the trusted list so that you can add the sources.

Alternatively, you can add the sources in a comment on a profile. If you use the second method, you can add an answer to this question and list the profiles which you sourced in that manner. We will add those to your counts.

36 Answers

+12 votes
Please count me in again this month. Thanks.
by Robin Shaules G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Will do, Robin. Thanks!
+13 votes
I would like to participate in this month's challenge.

Thanks!
by Kathy Evans G2G6 Mach 1 (10.8k points)

Welcome to sourcing, Kathy. 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.

I just checked the tracker, Kathy, and it is working for you. Thanks for sourcing those profiles. We'll award your badges after we do stats in December.

Thanks, Debi.

All seems to be going well so far!
+13 votes
Will gladly do it this month, got a lot of time on my hands these days :D
by Anonymous Grand'Maison G2G6 Mach 1 (18.8k points)
Thanks! Have fun and good luck.
+12 votes
Count me in this month as well.
by Staci Golladay G2G6 Mach 2 (23.3k points)
Thanks, Staci. Good luck and have fun!
+10 votes
Please count me in for November.  Thanks.
by Kim de Groot G2G6 Mach 1 (15.4k points)
Will do, Kim. Have fun!
+10 votes
Saw October's with like 4 days left, but I'm in
by Katie Goodison G2G1 (1.3k points)

Welcome to sourcing, Katie. 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.

Thanks, Katie, for sourcing those qualified profiles on the 10th. We'll award your badges after we do stats in December.

+10 votes
Please add me. Thanks
by Sharryn Nankervis G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
Thanks, Sharryn. Have fun and good luck!
+10 votes
I'm in again. Yay!
by Luther Brown G2G6 Pilot (146k points)
Great! Thanks, Luther. Have fun

I just did a sourcing for a husband and wife. I found the Find A Grave for both (and birth record for husband). I get sad even though I never heard of them, they both died on Christmas Day 1964.  crying

I agree, Luther, that makes me sad for their family.
+9 votes
Count me in again
by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Pilot (117k points)
Thanks, Joan. Good luck and have fun!
+9 votes
Me again! Still focussing on Yorkshire and Northamptonshire.
by Pat Reynolds G2G5 (5.2k points)
Thanks, Pat. Have fun & Good Luck!
+9 votes
I would like to participate again in November, I have become a bit addicted to these kinds of challenges
by Enoch Stuivenberg G2G6 Mach 5 (53.8k points)
Sourcing is my favorite challenge, Enoch. Good luck and have fun!
+8 votes
I will get some done
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
I never doubted it, Hilary. Thanks & have fun!
+8 votes
Will try to more this month
by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (201k points)
Thanks, Janet. Good luck!
+9 votes

Count me in smiley

by Dallas Manicom G2G2 (2.6k points)
Thanks, Dallas, we're counting on you. Have a good time!
+8 votes
Count me in, please! I've already started for November.  Thanks!
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (525k points)
Thanks, Carol. We'll make sure you are counted. Have fun!
Thank YOU and the team, Debi!
+7 votes
I expect to do some this month as well :)
by Rakelle Teschner G2G6 Mach 3 (36.4k points)
I have no doubt at all, Rakelle. Thanks and have fun!
+7 votes

Participating in Sourcerers' Challenge.  :)

by M Craighead G2G1 (1.2k points)

Welcome to sourcing, M. The tracker is working for you but the profiles you have used it with so far don't qualify for this challenge. The profiles were either too new or already had at least one qualifying source.

Please make sure to only track profiles that were created at least 10 days ago and which had no qualifying sources. Please let us know if you have any questions about what will or won't qualify. 

I'll check the Tracker again next week to see how things are going.

Thanks, M, for sourcing those qualified profiles on the 3rd. We'll award your badges after we do stats in December.

+7 votes
I wish to participate also.  Thanks.
by X Fetterly G2G1 (1.9k points)

Welcome to sourcing, X. 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.

Thanks, X, for sourcing those qualified profiles on the 8th. We'll award your badges after we do stats in December.

+6 votes
I would like to participate in this!  Thanks
by Jessica Symons G2G6 (8.6k points)
Welcome to sourcing, Jessica. Have fun and let us know if you have any questions. I just checked the tracker and it is working for you. Thanks for sourcing those profiles. We'll award your badges after we do stats in December.
+6 votes
Please count me in for this month

Regards

T
by T Walker G2G6 Mach 2 (21.1k points)
Thanks, T. Good luck & have fun!

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