Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (10 February 2018)

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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, a link to search results 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 (189k points)
I'm running with it Debi!
I may record a few as I'm looking at the orphaned profiles from Donegal.
I'm in again this weekend. My random number generator came up with 30 so I have a choice to make. We have no official record to confirm the accuracy of the family lore around the maiden name Fulton. Do I work on sourcing Fultons or Unknowns?
John and Jason, I'm really glad to see both of you. Good luck!

9 Answers

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Be happy to help out this time. I am in the EST zone and a member of Team Roses.  I will use the tracker.
answered by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
selected by Debi Hoag
Great, Carolyn. I'll get your team and time zone updated on the tracking sheet sometime this week. Thanks and Good Luck
Congratulations, Carolyn, on winning the 10 February 2018 Saturday Sourcing Sprint. Your 54 improvements helps the WikiTree take better shape. Thank you!
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Yipee!!  I'm the first answer!  I'll do a few tomorrow.
answered by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (494k points)
LOL Not often that that happens, Star. Glad to see you; good luck.
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Also I'm the second answer and I'll do as many as I can.
answered by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (237k points)
I look forward to seeing the sources you add, Linda. Good luck!
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I'm in - will use the tracker.
answered by Linda Green G2G6 Mach 1 (16.9k points)
Glad to have you back, Linda. Good luck!
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I'm going to do what I can, but we're going to have out of state company.  Will be working on Illinois 20th Century again.
answered by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 2 (21.1k points)
If I work on those Unknowns, I'll be doing some 20th century profiles too, Beverly. I'll stay away from the Illinois crowd so that we don't bump heads. Good luck!
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I'll do some. Using the tracker.
answered by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Mach 4 (48k points)
Glad to have you back, Joan. Good luck!
+4 votes
I’m in. I will use the tracker.
answered by Brigitte Theuma G2G6 (8.4k points)
Good to have you back, Brigitte. Good luck
+4 votes
I'll try to do a few with the tracker
answered by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)
Thanks, Kyla. Every few makes WikiTree stronger. Good luck
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I’ll work a couple, using the tracker.
answered by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (168k points)
Good to see you, Kay. Good luck

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