Join 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," "Geni.com," "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, ThePeerage.com, 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.