Sourcerers' Challenge Month of March 2018

+20 votes

Hello, Sourcerers! If the clock has rolled around for you, and we are in the new month it is time to start sourcing! Prior month stats will be posted soon.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please “answer” here (not comment) and let me know if you will be using the tracker or if you will be listing your profiles here in your post. Either one is perfectly fine : )  



To participate:

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. 

When you can, it's 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 can't find them among all the other stuff, they aren't helping as much as they could.

On to the monthly challenge:

You only need to answer the post once. If you opt to use the Tracker you are good to go.  If you opt to  add your sourced profiles, add a comment to your answer with the required details. If you exceed the character limit add another comment.  Please number your contributions. Obviously, the Tracker is faster and less work for everyone.  If you have a problem with the Tracker let us know by posting a comment to the thread. 

* 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 that need sources. Adding sources will help merges happen, too, which will improve our tree. Showing folks what sources you're using helps newer researchers see just what's available out there for us to access. Another great source of unsourced profiles is to check out orphaned profiles.

* 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 attempt to add sources to a profile and cannot find any, please add a note under a == Research Notes == section giving where you tried to find records and you can sign it with the four tildes (~~~~) so the date is applied as well. Something like "Looked for John in the US Census records for 1900-1940 and couldn't find him on FamilySearch or Ancestry" would be fine. Or, "Searched google for an obituary and didn't find one." That way the next researcher knows where to start. Do not remove the Unsourced Template and will not count in your tally.

* 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 profile include it in your tally.

* 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. Awesome!

The Monthly Challenge runs from midnight the first day of your month and ends at 11:59 the last day of the month. The Challenge Tracker results page has up the minute stats for those of you using the Challenge Tracker. Ask any questions here in the thread, otherwise, SOURCE! 


asked Mar 1 in The Tree House by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (306,440 points)
I have found it doesn't make any difference on the spacing, but it does make a difference on the position.
What is the procedure if you find a profile that has at least one source, but it is marked as unsourced? I have removed the unsourced category in the past, but want to know if that is the correct thing to do. And, how do profiles get marked as unsourced?

Hi Linda a source that points to an internet tree or personal knowledge without some kind of collaborating information is often marked as unsourced.  There are members of several projects who mark profiles as unsourced.  Go ahead and add a source and fill out the tracker.  The existing source can be left.
Is there a place that you can check how many sources you have entered?  Also, after reading all of the comments, I would like to know if I'm doing it right.  Can someone in authority check for me?  Thanks for your help.

At the top of the page there is link to the Tracker Results Page.  As long as you are using the tracker you can see your progress.

There is a review done at the end of the month by the leadership team.  I have not done this yet so am not sure of the process.
Yes - I am pretty much aware of the kind of sources that count - but I have found quite a few profiles with sources of records or published material and the profile is still marked as "unsourced". Like I said I would like to know how the profiles get the  category "unsourced". Thanks for responding.
Thank you for your help.
Beverly you can check on all the things you have commented on by going to contributions under my wiki tree.  It shows you everything you have done.  Sourcing just takes time and refering to the style guide under the Help section.  For someone to check you would have to give them a specific name to look at.  There are mentors looking I have gotten feedback on things I have entered so just remember everything is fixable.
Linda, the Unsourced template gets added in a number of different ways. As Laura mentioned, some projects add it as they are doing other work; sometimes it is added automagically as the profile is created, though I see that happening less and less. Sometimes the template is still in place because the person who added the source doesn't know that they can/should remove the template when adding a source; sometimes it is still in place due to a merge which hasn't been cleaned up, even though one of the profiles had sources.

If a valid source AND the template are in place, you can remove the template and save without adding another source. It is your choice as to whether to use the tracker at that point. Technically, it can count as it does reduce the number of unsourced profiles. I don't usually count the ones that I do as I didn't really have to do any work.

Beverly, as far as I know, there's no way to count the total number of sources you have added. The tracker counts the number of profiles sourced, not number of sources added to a profile. If you want the total number of profiles that you have improved during the Sourcerers' Challenges, check the Google sheet that is linked from the Sourcerers' Project page. Grand totals are in column AW. Be aware that February's totals haven't been added yet (as of 20Mar). I took a look at a source you recently added for a 1910 Census, probably from Ancestry. It provided enough information for me to find the same image at That, in my mind, is a sufficient citation; in other words ... you're doing fine.
Thanks for the information Debi - I have been removing the "unsourced" category if there is a valid source on the profile. I was just curious as to how this all worked. And, yes, I suspect some forget to remove the category if they add a source.

Thanks again.

41 Answers

+11 votes
I'll be doing some and will use the tracker. Last month didn't go well - lost the hard drive in my laptop.
answered Mar 1 by Doug McCallum G2G6 (9,290 points)
Doug I can sympathize I am having major computer issues right now.  

Good luck for March!
+10 votes
March Madness, count me in using the tracker
answered Mar 1 by Kevin Sweet G2G Crew (950 points)
Great Thanks!  Good Luck!
+9 votes
Yes.  And wearing my t-shirt doing it.  Should I have picked green for the month?  Love that tracker.
answered Mar 1 by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Pilot (112,550 points)
Great Thanks!  Good Luck!
+10 votes
Haven't played for a while, bur I'm in for March w/Tracker
answered Mar 1 by Fred Adamson G2G6 Mach 7 (71,650 points)
Great Thanks!  Good Luck!
+9 votes
Yes March Madness Tennessee count me in using the tracker.
answered Mar 1 by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (167,230 points)
Great Thanks!  Good Luck!
+10 votes
And when I have a working computer I will be sourcing and using the tracker.
answered Mar 1 by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (306,440 points)
This profile has a green lock  I posted a message indicating MO Death Certificate with birth date, place, death date, place, parents names, spouse name, etc.

This profile  also had a green privacy lock.   I left a message on the profile with link to MO Death Cert  would not bring up tracker for some reason when challenge tracker was selected.   It was marked unsourced and no source was showing.  I added MO death cert
+10 votes
I look forward to joining in the fun this month, and will use the tracker. I may not be the one with the highest numbers, but for me it's more about pitching in, and knowing every sourced profile helps make WikiTree a better place!
answered Mar 1 by Cynthia Larson G2G6 Mach 9 (95,520 points)
Great Thanks!  Good Luck!
+9 votes
I'm in for March!
answered Mar 1 by Valerie Crowley G2G1 (1,970 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+7 votes
I'll help this month!
answered Mar 1 by John Noel G2G6 Pilot (662,850 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+8 votes
Hi, I will participate, using the trracker
answered Mar 1 by Anne B G2G6 Pilot (878,920 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+8 votes
I will participate and will use the tracker.
answered Mar 1 by Kay Sands G2G6 Mach 9 (94,160 points)
Great Thanks!  Good Luck!
+7 votes
I'm in. I'm sure I'll be sourcing sometime this month.I'll use the tracker.
answered Mar 1 by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Mach 8 (84,170 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+8 votes
I'll be doing some. Using the tracker.
answered Mar 1 by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Mach 3 (32,850 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+7 votes
In again for another month - using the Tracker
answered Mar 1 by Diane Darcy G2G6 (7,280 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+7 votes
I'll try. Usually I do genealogy on Saturday, which is the same time as the Saturday challenge. I will use the tracker
answered Mar 1 by Katrina Whitaker G2G6 Mach 1 (12,100 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+5 votes
I'm here again (and using the tracker).
answered Mar 1 by John Elkin G2G6 Mach 4 (41,770 points)
Great Thanks.   Good Luck!
+6 votes
I’ll give this a go... how do I use the Tracker?
answered Mar 1 by Alex Stronach G2G6 Mach 1 (11,740 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck.  

To use the tracker, add your sources.  When you save the profile at the top of the profile screen a box will appear that says Challenges.  Click on the Challenges option.  A new screen will open.  Select Sourcerers Challenge.

Pick a reason from the list on the right or type in your own.  Press Add action.

That is it.  Close the window and move on to your next profile.
+5 votes
I'm still working on unsourced Illinois 20th Century.  I'm in for March
answered Mar 1 by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 1 (10,810 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck.
+6 votes
I'm up for it again - will be using the tracker
answered Mar 1 by Emily Holmberg G2G2 (2,570 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck.  Sounds like your ID got fixed!
+6 votes
I'm in for this month. Will use the tracker.
answered Mar 1 by Mary Jensen G2G6 Mach 5 (53,860 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!

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