Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (30 December 2017)

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Hi 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 Sunday :D )

If you want to compete for the Weekly Winners badge, click answer at the bottom of this post, and let us know. Please include your time zone (GMT standard) and any teams in which you are a member (not required). If you just want to join us but not compete, click comment and let us know you here, then feel free to cheer the others on. 

We have decided to use the Challenge Tracker to record the profiles we sources. You can continue commenting in your answer regarding successes, discrepancies, stories that tug at your heart strings, and new amazing sources. We also 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 unsourced - you cannot create new profiles and add sources just to up your tally. The hope and goal is to improve the profiles already on WikiTree which need sources. Other great ways to find unsourced profiles are to check out orphaned profiles and use the Unsourced by Country lists which Aleš prepares for us.
  • If the only source is a link to a profile is a profile or search results page from another genealogy website or the words "Ancestry tree," "," "Pedigree Resource Files" from FamilySearch, and the like, the profile is considered unsourced. If you add better sources to the profiles, use the Challenge Tracker to include it in your tally.
  • If you find a source listed on a profile page at another genealogy website or at tertiary website sources such as Wikipedia,, Rootsweb, etc., track down the real source, add it, and include it in your tally. If you don't have time or know how, see the next point.
  • If you attempt to add sources to a profile and just cannot find any, please add a note under a == Research Notes == section giving where you tried to find records. Adding four tildes to the end of your note will add your name and date to the end (you won't see it until you save). That way the next researcher knows where to start. Do not remove the Unsourced Template and do no count in your tally. Examples:
    • "Looked for John in the US Census records for 1900-1940 and couldn't find him on FamilySearch or Ancestry"
    • "Searched Google for an obituary and didn't find one."
    • "FamilySearch's Pedigree Resource File has a record for this person but no sources are included" and give the link
    • "An Ancestry profile has sources attached but I couldn't find citations for the individual sources" and give the profile link
    • "Has a Wikipedia entry that (does/does not) include sources" and give the link
  • 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.
  • The tally is of profiles improved, not sources added. That said, if you can add a number of sources to a profile, all the better. 
  • If you find a match and can merge a profile into an already sourced profile, that counts too. You still found a source, plus you eliminated a duplicate. To get to the Challenge Tracker for these, clean up the merged profile and then click the Challenge Tracker.

When you save the profile, a green bar will appear at the top. 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.

The Sprint tracking page will be updated after the sprint is over. Once that is done, a best answer will be awarded to the Sprinter who sources the most profiles and, if it is the first time winning, the Saturday Sourcing Sprints Winner badge will be awarded. You can track your progress on the Challenge Tracker report.

asked in The Tree House by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (209k points)
I'm again again this week. I'll be working on unsourced Lloyd profiles.

And thank you to all who participated last week. We hit the goal I had set for us of 10,000 profiles in 2017. I am so proud of our accomplishment!
I'll do some.
I will be in again this week. Fun is contagious :)
I'll help again if I find time. Got company this weekend.
2017 is over and Sprinters added sources of some kind to 10,553 profiles during the Saturday Sourcing Sprints. Through the course of the year, we had 91 registered participants and countless others who used the tracker but chose not to register.

Not surprisingly, John Noel finished with the highest count at 1,938. I think he would agree, though, that we are all winners because our WikiTree is stronger through our efforts. Whether you did one, one-hundred-and-one, or more, each of your contributions is what has helped make the Sprints so effective. Thank you!

10 Answers

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Best answer
A late start, but I'm in.
answered by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 2 (27.7k points)
selected by Debi Hoag
Every little bit helps, Beverly, so a late start is still a good finish. Thanks for joining us!
Congratulations, Beverly, on winning the final Saturday Sourcing Sprint of 2017.
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I try to source one or two random profiles a day, so I’ll participate. Lately I’ve been trying to improve profiles with no birth place and/or no birth date.
answered by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (199k points)
Good job Kay and welcome back! I've been working on Orphanded Profiles.
I like to work on profiles that haven't been touched in a while but which have an active manager, in the hopes that it will encourage folks to cite sources.
+7 votes
OK, count me in - altho I tend to update profiles right after I create them because I'm using different pages of my source documents.


I do them regardless of the Challeng status....
answered by Roy Lamberton G2G6 Mach 1 (15.6k points)
Welcome to the Sprints, Roy. Like you, I source no matter whether there is a challenge or not. During a challenge, I’m more likely to work on orphaned profile though. That’s why I like the Sprints; it gives me a chance to play in records and locations that aren’t my usual go to records.
+8 votes
Here I go again! I just love finding those sources...
answered by Ros Haywood G2G6 Pilot (551k points)
It’s good to see you bac, Ros. We love you finding sources too LOL
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so when it starts after every referenced good source I add too a profile I hit challenge tracker, then what?
answered by Troy Smith G2G6 Mach 5 (52.8k points)

Welcome to the Sprints, Troy. You only have to go to the tracker for the first source you put on.  You’re welcome to add more but it doesn’t increase your Sprint total. 

Im not quite sure what your question is about, so I’m going to answer both things that come to mind

  • On the Tracker, make sure your WikiTreeID is shown, click the box beside Saturday Sourcing Sprint to make a check mark, add a note about the source you added, either free text or by clicking an item in the list on the right, and then save
  • After using the Tracker, find the next profile that you are going to source and repeat the process 
If those didn’t answer your question, give me a little more detail and I’ll give it another go.
+5 votes
I am in again for Team Tennessee I am their leader.
answered by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (293k points)
Good to see you back again, Linda.
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I'll try to do a couple today
answered by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (107k points)
Great, Michelle, glad to have you back.
Did more than I thought - and I ended up in a tangled messy branch of the tree and had to sort that out - a man marrying his mother and being the father of his siblings and I don't know what else..but I think I've sorted it and sourced most of them in the process!
Sounds like a case of "I am my own grandpa" LOL Thanks for getting them sorted and sourced!
Sorry I flagged you accidentally Debi! It's getting late here, so my job for the coming week is to go back to those profiles and add all the census details I found. It's one of those families which is confused by cousins with the same names born in the same place - so glad the GRO online indexes give mother's maiden name!
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Slowly but surely, I've been cleaning up unsourced New Hampshire and a few from Massachusetts.  Count me in -- but I wish I had more time this weekend, so I can do more.
answered by Janine Barber G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
Janine, every one that you do makes our tree stronger. Thank you for joining us this weekend.
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Hi Debi, thanks for your message on my page the other week, I've finally remembered to register, I've added some sources today and yesterday on the challenge tracker and I'm participating as part of team GB-gen. Will I need to re-register every week?
answered by Lizzie Griffiths G2G6 Mach 7 (74k points)
Welcome to the Sprints, Lizzie, and thanks for registering.

You only need to come back and add an answer each week if you want a chance to win the weekly Sprint badge. Some people aren't motivated by badges or have already won a week so they either don't register or just comment on the first post.
+2 votes
I will do some.
answered by Linda Green G2G6 Mach 1 (17.6k points)
Welcome aboard, Linda, and enjoy the Sprints. Let me know if you have questions.

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