Sourcerers' Challenge Month of March 2018

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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 (309,440 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.

42 Answers

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I'm in for this month, and I'll be using the tracker.

(I'm trying to empty the Nova Scotia Unsourced category.)
answered Mar 1 by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (103,670 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
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Happy St. Patrick's - hope a lot of Irish will get sourced this month.
answered Mar 2 by Hans Hofmann G2G6 Mach 1 (18,450 points)
Hans are you participating?
Hello Laura, yes, I will be participating ....
Great.  I thought so, just wanted to be sure!  Good Luck!
+4 votes
Can't remember if I answered. I'm in
answered Mar 2 by Katrina Whitaker G2G6 Mach 1 (12,940 points)
Yes you answered, it is on page 1.
+4 votes
I'll try to do some using the tracker. Was busy with black history month profiles last month.
answered Mar 2 by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 1 (10,880 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+3 votes
Yes, I will be using the tracker to participate - altho not being able to take credit for sourcing my new profiles slows the "fix" count. I will mainly be working again on the Stetson family...
answered Mar 3 by Roy Lamberton G2G6 (8,740 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!    Everyone has the same rule about new profiles because it stops someone from uploading a gedcom and then adding sources they had for the profiles.  That would not be fair...
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I will participate and use the tracker. Kind regards. Brigitte
answered Mar 3 by Brigitte Theuma G2G4 (4,250 points)
Great Thanks. Good Luck!
+3 votes
After sitting on the sidelines for the past couple of months, I'm in for March!! I'll be using the tracker.
answered Mar 3 by Jennifer Schwartz G2G4 (4,420 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+3 votes
I source, you source, we all source..... I will use the tracker
answered Mar 3 by E. Compton G2G6 Mach 7 (74,640 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+3 votes
I'd like to try again, and i want to use the tracker.  I'll take profiles from the prairie provinces of Canada
answered Mar 3 by Shirlea Smith G2G6 Mach 2 (23,260 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
my goal is an average of one a day, but since i am using the tracker instead of typing my response here, i am losing track of how i am doing against my personal goal.  Is there somewhere i can view my progress on the Tracker?

Yes, If you scroll up there is a link to the Tracker Results at 

Challenge Tracker results page

Thank you!
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I will give this challenge a go this month - I will be using the tracker (if I am able to work it out...)
answered Mar 3 by Adam Pearson G2G2 (2,070 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!

A box appears at the top of the profile after you add your sources and press save.   Select Challenges and then select Sourcerers.  Either pick a reason from the list on the right or type in your own.  Make sure your WikiID is showing in the top field.   Then press Add action and that should update the tracker.
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Ready to go for March
answered Mar 4 by Colleen Flannery G2G1 (1,240 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
I did one, and tried the tracker for the first time.  I think it automatically removed the {{Unsourced}} tag.  Did it?

I found three sources, and mentioned them all through the tracker.  It seemed that the tracker will be able to tell that it was 3 sources for just one person, so it won't throw your numbers that true???

I think a 4th source will be available.  If I am able to find it, should i mention it through the tracker or not?
I do not think the tracker takes off the the Unsourced category. It only counts the first time you add a source.
+3 votes
Giving this a go and using the tracker.
answered Mar 4 by Ron Norman G2G6 Mach 3 (37,920 points)
Great thanks Good Luck
+2 votes
I'm in again for this month - using the tracker.
answered Mar 5 by Linda Green G2G6 Mach 1 (14,060 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
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I'm in again with more Scots and using the tracker
answered Mar 6 by Sheena Tait G2G6 Mach 2 (22,960 points)
Great Thanks!  Good Luck!  We will have to see if we are related.  I have some Tait in my heritage but it is way back..  Margaret Tait married to William Cheyne this is mid 1600s. Peterhead, Aberdeenshire area.
+2 votes
Hi Laura, I will add sources as time allows using the tracker.
answered Mar 8 by David Selman G2G6 Pilot (336,530 points)
Great Thanks.   Good Luck!
+1 vote
I am in for this month I will use th tracker
answered Mar 8 by Janet Wild G2G6 Mach 1 (14,950 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
+1 vote  England & Wales Birth & Marriage Index Scotland & N. Ireland Death Index
answered Mar 10 by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 1 (19,890 points)
I assume you are saying you are sourcing and would like to use the tracker?
I source whenever I come across unsourced profiles, not large numbers as my time is limited.  I haven't used the tracker but willing to do so.
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
0 votes
Belated start, after vacationing visitors departed!
answered Mar 12 by Jim Parish G2G6 Mach 9 (97,460 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!
0 votes
I'm going to dip my toe in the water here. I'm pretty new, but I'd like to be able to keep track of the records I'm adding sources to. I'll use the tracker.
answered Mar 15 by Jessica Burgoyne G2G Crew (890 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!   If you have questions just let us know.
0 votes
I would love to help.
answered Mar 17 by Leigh Mitchell G2G Crew (990 points)
Great Thanks.  Good Luck!  Assuming you will use the tracker?

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