June 2017 Connectors Challenge

+12 votes

Hello Connectors!

It's time to begin another month of connecting the unconnected across WikiTree. We'll get the project page updated soon with last month's tallies, but for now, it's time to start connecting!

May's top connector was Jayme Arrington with 42 connections made.

Connectors connected  profiles to The Tree in May, and the total since the beginning of the challenge is . 

Thanks to all of you who participated in last month's challenge May Connector Challenge. If you haven't checked out the Connectors Chat page, you should! There is a lot of chatter there about what everyone is working on.

Now on to the Connectors Challenge Rules:

  1. Pick any WikiTree profile which is not connected to the main tree. (In other words, that profile does not have a box at the bottom of the page, showing the degrees of separation from Kevin BaconRosa Parks, and Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms.) You can look for unconnected profiles using the Unconnected People tool, the Unconnected Profiles category, the Unlinked_Profiles category, or you may run across an unconnected profile in the regular course of your research.

  2. Either add a new profile for a first degree relative (parent, spouse, sibling, or child) of the person on that profile as a link toward a connected profile, or else connect an existing profile on WikiTree to the profile you're working on.

  3. Add a source to the profiles involved in the connection showing the relationship between the two profiles. This could be a census record listing a family, a marriage record, a death record listing the spouse and/or parents, a birth record listing the parents, or any source which demonstrates that the two profiles should be connected to one another. Your source needs to be cited as closely to the style recommended on our Sources help page as possible to count towards your tally.

  4. If you are adding a new profile, add a second, independent source for that profile. (For example, if you add a spouse because of a marriage record, then look for a birth or death record for the spouse you're adding.) (Note: The reason for this rule isn't to discourage you from adding people. But as you have probably already learned, even official documents frequently misspell names, so adding an independent confirmation of the name helps to save other researchers time in trying to find records that don't exist, because the person's real name was not the same as showed up in the linking document.)

  5. Answer this post, creating a numbered list, and including the two profiles and the kind of source you used to make the connection. (For example: "1. Smith-123 to Jones-456 - marriage".) You only need to reply once. As you make more connections, just edit your post to add your new connections.

  6. If you connect a profile which completes a connection trail either for an isolated profile or an unconnected tree, please add "Connected!" at the end of the line which made the connection. We count those connecteds towards your tally.

  7. The tally is of branches/unconnected profiles connected to the WikiTree tree, not sources or profiles added. That said, if you can add a number of sources to a profile, all the better, and sometimes a connection will take a number of profiles to get added. Every one is different, and each one makes our tree better. So, in short, we'll count each "connected!" we see.

  8. If either or both profiles you connect did not have good sources before and were already on WikiTree, then you can also count those sources towards the Sourcerers Challenge.

  9. All participants who do not already have a Connectors Project badge, will get one. Winners each month-the person with the most connections made to the tree-will get the Connection Challenge Winner badge, and the Top Connector each month with get a spiffy template to wear on their profile page. Stats will be kept on the Connectors Challenge page, just like we do for the Sourcerers Challenge.     
    See last month's challenge as an example. Ask questions in the comments section here. Thank you! 


WikiTree profile: Space:Connectors_Challenge


asked Jun 1, 2017 in Requests for Project Volunteers by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (142,400 points)
edited Jun 1, 2017 by Bob Keniston
I have my own pet project running to add and connect as many Kellas names as possible into one tree - there are only a few hundred in NZ, Australia and Canada. Should I join the Connectors Challenge?
I did a search of unconnected Kellas and found some managed by you. By all means, join the Challenge. When you're done with your Kellas, you can pick another name to work on. We can use all the help we can get.
I am trying to get my head around merging and what counts for the connectors challenge. If I complete a merge that I didn't propose and it connects someone up, does that count? I understand from something else I read, if I propose a merge, but I can link an unconnected person up to a connected person in the process, that still counts as then it doesn't need to wait until the merge is completed. Is that right? Also if there are 4 children, and each one needs to be linked up to the father (for instance) does that count as 4 connected or 1 connected. Thanks
If you complete the merge, you made the connection. I recommend adding an individual to make the connection, then propose the merge. If children have to be added to connect them, each one counts. If children are attached to an unconnected parent, and the parent gets connected, only the parent counts as a connection.
Thanks Bob. That is much clearer now.
Just a reminder to everyone. Don't forget to include a brief description of the sources used to make a connection.
Hi Bob, thanks for that reminder. Do you want sources if it is a merge of a clear duplicate? If so, I'll go through and check that.
Merges don't require sources, just additions of spouse or children.
Great, that's good. Thanks you! Your comment alerted me to a problem further back on a line that I had merged duplicates on. The merging was fine, but I'll get back to the PM about the earlier inconsistencies. Always need to check sources!!!

12 Answers

+10 votes
I'm ready to go one more time.
1. Josiah Bemis-259 added a child of Josiah Bemis-41 Waltham VR, "Bemis History" CONNECTED
2. Mary Bemis-252 added as child of Josiah Bemis-41 Waltham VR. "Bemis History" CONNECTED
3. Eunice Bemis-256 added as child of JosiahBemis-41 Waltham VR, "Bemis History" CONNECTED
4. Esther Bemis-258 added as child of Josiah Bemis-41 Waltham VR, "Bemis History" CONNECTED
5. Phinehas Bemis-255 added as child of Josiah Bemis-41 Waltham VR, "Bemis History" CONNECTED
6. Elisabeth Cutter-238 added as child of Richard Cutter-60 Cambridge VR, "Cutter Family of New England" CONNECTED
7. Benjamin Cutter-475 added as child of Ephraim Cutter-163 "Cutter Family of New England", "History of Cambridge" CONNECTED
8. Abigail Cutter-512 added as child of Elijah Cutter-536 "Cutter Family of New England" CONNECTED
9. Josiah Cutter-275 added as child of Nathaniel Cutter-331 Sudbury VR, "Cutter Family of New England" CONNECTED
10. Elizabeth Cutler-1142 added as child of James Cutler-26 Lexington BMD, "History of Lexington" CONNECTED
11. Joseph Cutler-768 added as child of James Cutler-412 Lexington BMD, Cambridge VR CONNECTED
12. Franklin Stearns-1846 added as child of John Stearns-1848 Billerica VR, "Genealogy of Isaac Stearns" CONNECTED
13. Onslow Stearns-1285 added as child of John Stearns-1848 Billerica VR, "Genealogy of Isaac Stearns" CONNECTED
14. Phebe Stearns-1541 added as child of Nathaniel Stearns-264 Watertown BMD, "Genealogy of Isaac Stearns" CONNECTED
15. Isaac Stearns-256 added as child of Isaac Stearns-36 Watertown BMD, "Genealogy of Isaac Stearns" CONNECTED
16. Shubael Stearns-1732 added as child of Charles Stearns-62 Cambridge VR, "Early Settlers of Watertown" CONNECTED
17. Hannah Kendall-2111 added as child of Thomas Kendall-28 Reading VR CONNECTED
18. Jacob Kendall-963 added as child of Francis Kendall-5 Woburn Births CONNECTED
answered Jun 1, 2017 by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (142,400 points)
edited Jul 1, 2017 by Bob Keniston
+9 votes

I would like to give this a go. I may be slow but will do what I can.  Here are my first attempts, My sources are all from FamilySerch.

1. I determined that  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Ross-8718 Thomas Jefferson Ross  is husband to  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Spracklin-8   Lydia Spracklin which was an existing profile and connected to the tree.  Joined them through marriage, Census and children born or married. "connected!"

2.Also https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Ross-8686  Ray Virda son to Thomas Jefferson and Lydia  is connected to https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Spracklin-8   Lydia Spracklin, is his mother.  Joined him through marriage and birth. "connected!"

3.Proposed a Merge of Ewing-1440 (corrected wife) not connected into Ewing-1446 is connected - son Ewing-1719 (added marriage and Census 1880) married to Cox-18269 which I added (marriage, Census 1850, 1880) who's father Cox-9548 is connected - merged and "connected!"

answered Jun 1, 2017 by Nicole Duchesne G2G6 Mach 3 (36,280 points)
edited Jun 19, 2017 by Nicole Duchesne

Welcome. Feel free to ask if you have any questions.
+8 votes

This'll be my first project but I'd like to try and join in.


1.https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sleeth-70 -- Nancy (Sleeth) Talbert -- Added brother and connected through her niece's marriage. CONNECTED

2. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sleeth-91 -- Fancy foot work. Added through Wife's sister's husband. CONNECTED


3. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Dadisman-89 -- Connected through brother/brother's marriage. CONNECTED

answered Jun 2, 2017 by Leigh Anne Zornes G2G2 (2,590 points)
edited Jun 28, 2017 by Leigh Anne Zornes
Leigh Anne,

Glad you chose the Connectors for your first project. Let me know if you have any questions or have any problems.

+7 votes

I'm getting in early this time.

1. Created [[Thomas-26700|Thomas Thomas]], father of [[Thomas-23995|John Thomas]] (baptism record, marriage record). Decided not to create wife Ann Patten / Pattin / Batten yet as not clear which LNAB to use. Linked up unconnected Hannibal Thomas (Thomas-24448) to father (baptism record). Connected!

2. Merged Knapp-1105 uc into Knapp-161 (clear duplicates). Connected

3. Merged Shipman-1000 into Shipman-295 uc (clear duplicates)  Connected

4. Merged Dykeman-7 uc into Dykeman-4 (clear duplicates) Connected. 

5. Merged Ashby-1889 into Ashby-545 uc (clear dups) Connected

6. Merged Revill-81 into Revill-34 uc (clear dups) Connected

7. Merged Faulder-9 uc into Faulder-5 (clear dups) Connected

8. Merged Roots_or_Rootes-1 into Rootes-109 uc (clear dups) Connected

9. Merged Prince-2461 uc into Prince-361 (clear dups). Connected

10. Merged Barstow-593 uc into Barstow-366 (clear dups). Connected

11. Merged Peacock-1848 uc into Peacock-1738 (clear dups). Connected

12. Merged Thomas-2067 into Thomas-2064 uc (clear dups) Connected

13. Merged Thomas-2381 uc into Thomas-2064 (clear dups) Connected.

14. Carne-85 (uc) added to father (Carne-113) and mother (Ellery-294) based on baptism record. Connected! Merges initiated for several duplicates 

15. Carson-3836 uc into Carson-529 (clear duplicates) Connected!

16. Elton-363 uc added as child to Elton-227 (Edward Fiennes Elton) and Fletcher-4203 (Violet Hylda Fletcher) based on 1891 census. Connected!

17. Merged Margaret Whiteside McKee (Whiteside-275) into Margaret Whiteside McKee (Whiteside-237) uc – clear duplicates – Connected!

18, Beckham-173 uc linked to father Beckham-174 based on Find A Grave source. Connected! Merge proposed for duplicate Beckham-274 into Beckham-173 


answered Jun 2, 2017 by Gillian Thomas G2G6 Mach 5 (53,610 points)
edited Jul 1, 2017 by Gillian Thomas
+8 votes

Here's one I am very happy about:

1. Michel de Montaigne is connected again. The connection goes through his uncle Raymond Eyquem de Montaigne, who married, as his second wife, a royal descendant. The information comes from a 19th century book about Montaigne's origins and family and different nobility books (nobiliaires). Here goes:

Added Gilles de Harpedane, son of Jean de Harpedane and Marguerite de Valois (she was the daughter of Charles VI and Odette Champdivers). Connected Gilles to his (existing) wife, Guillemette de Luxembourg. Added their son, Charles Harpedane de Belleville, and his wife, Jeanne de Durfort. Added their daughter, Renée de Belleville. Connected Renée to her husband, Raymond Eyquem de Montaigne (brother of Montaigne's father, Pierre Eyquem de Montaigne).

This also connects Sainte Jeanne de Lestonnac, who was Montaigne's niece. This also connects Montaigne's great friend Etienne de la Boétie, who was the stepfather of Montaigne's sister-in-law Jacquette d'Arsac (wife of Montaigne's brother Thomas).


answered Jun 6, 2017 by Isabelle Rassinot G2G6 Pilot (140,090 points)
+6 votes

1. Added Gilla Espuig MacDonnell-204 son of MacDonnell-95 and sourced MacDonnell-95

2. added Coll-Kittagh MacDonnell-205 son of Gilla Espuig

3.Added Sir Alexander MacDonnell-206 father of

4. Added Colla MacDonnell-207 father of

5. Added Alexander of Kilmore MacDonnell-208

answered Jun 7, 2017 by Richard Devlin G2G6 Mach 4 (47,250 points)
edited Jun 8, 2017 by Richard Devlin
The system only updates the connected once a day. Check tomorrow.
I will try to connect some profiles.

1. Seth Francis (Francis-1833) added a son Edward Francis (Francis-1839) And merged Francis-3919 into Francis-1839   Connected.

2. Merged Francis-3921 in to Francis-1837    Connected

You need to answer the question instead of Comment.

Bob, Thanks for the help. Heads up assistance by Bob. Is that better?
Jerry, You're doing fine.
+6 votes

Connections made for unconnected McGee family members:

  1. Merged Mcgee-1265 into Mcgee-1222 - Connected
  2. Merged Mcgee-1266 into McGee-1125 - Connected
answered Jun 8, 2017 by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (166,690 points)
+5 votes

1. Added Sachs-249 as mother of Psarudakis-6 and sourced Sachs-249 CONNECTED

answered Jun 8, 2017 by Amie Psarudakis G2G Crew (720 points)
+5 votes

I managed to connect two Colonial Governors of British Columbia! Also, Lord Kitchener, who turned out to be really easy to connect.

  1. Conway-584 to Seymour-2988 - christening, death, Wikipedia, ThePeerage.com - Connected!
  2. Seymour-2988 to Seymour-2407 - Wikipedia, ThePeerage.com - Connected!
  3. Field-1517 to Field-3450 - grave, Wikipedia - Connected!
  4. Field-3450 to Field-3449 - census, grave, Wikipedia, Dictionary of National Biography - Connected!
  5. Field-3449 to Musgrave-727 - Wikipedia, Dictionary of National Biography - Connected!
  6. Kitchener-87 to Chevallier-35 - Wikipedia, ThePeerage.com - Connected!
  7. Mills-1690 to Mills-1684 - census - Connected!
  8. James-4028 to James-5552 - Wikipedia, Encyclopedia of Canadian Biography - Connected!
answered Jun 9, 2017 by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (106,210 points)
edited Jul 1, 2017 by Greg Slade
+4 votes

I've done some connections this month, I forgot a couple, but I'll list the rest I do here:

  1. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Callis-91 CONNECTED
  2. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Callis-182 CONNECTED
answered Jun 11, 2017 by Sarah Rojas G2G6 Mach 5 (50,500 points)
edited Jun 12, 2017 by Sarah Rojas
Who were these added to to connect?
For Callis-91 I filled in a 5 generation gap to eventually link to her 4xg grandfather https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Callis-49

Callis-182 connected through to his grandfather https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Callis-79
+3 votes
1. Seth Francis (Francis-1833) added a son Edward Francis (Francis-1839) And merged Francis-3919 into Francis-1839   Connected.

2. Merged Francis-3921 in to Francis-1837    Connected
answered Jun 20, 2017 by Jerry Dolman G2G6 Mach 2 (29,570 points)
+2 votes

Here is my attempt:

1. Charles Townsend connected!

answered Jun 24, 2017 by Susie MacLeod G2G6 Pilot (114,330 points)
Who was Chrles added to to make the connection?
I realised after I connected him to his parents and siblings that he was already connected through his wife/son. Please don't include him. I'll edit to someone new if I make any new connections. :-)

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