Challenge of the week: Clean up as many location names as possible [closed]

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Hi WikiTreers,

Will you join our "Data Doctors" Challenge of the week?

This week's challenge focuses on location fields.

Aleš has prepared a report of profiles from around the tree that have potential errors in their locations. These are usually simple typos that are easy to fix. But a thinking genealogist needs to give them a quick "reality check" and consider the intent of the original member and the sources before making any changes. Will you try some?

Click here for the list.

After making a change, click the "challenge tracker" button and then the edit the status. This will record a point. The member with the most points at 11:59pm EDT on Sunday night will get the badge and the bragging rights. But we'll all benefit from a neater, cleaner shared tree.

If you're participating, please post here to let us know. It's nice to cheer each other on. Or post if you have any questions about how to participate.

Thanks for helping!

Real-time tracking results: See your stats 
alongside other participants here.


Top 10 Participants

WikiTree profile: Space:DD_Challenge_Locations_V
closed with the note: Challenge is finished
asked in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
closed by Eowyn Langholf
Great idea!
We need to pin a post at the top so people can list what they are doing, or encourage use of the spreadsheet. I don't have a lot of time and most of it is spent hunting for entries others haven't done yet.
I'm new and just reading about all this pre USA thing. It would be a lot of work. What about people who were born in the American South during the civil war (war between the states.) Were they then in the Confederate States even if the US refused to recognize. A lot of people would say they were outside the US at that time. I'm not American but am interested in US history and in particular the south. I've been to the US a long time ago. It's got some really lovely places. I was not in the south.
Jim makes another good point as to why this attempt is ridiculous. Use the current place name and add "formerly" if you know what a place was formerly.
Great Idea!  Glenda
I've updated a few profiles, but the tracker hasn't changed to include anything I've updated.  What's up with that?
Aye, Aye, Jim...... And the western part of Virginia seceded from the Confederacy and joined the Union as the US State of West Virginia in 1863.   For some real fun, let’s try to figure out what to call Vermont, which prior to the revolution was known as either “The New Hampshire Grants” or “Charlotte County, New York,” depending on who was talking, and after the revolution was first the “Republic of New Connecticut “ and then the independent “Republic of Vermont” (while still being claimed by New York) before finally becoming the US State of Vermont.
I wish someone could put better instructions for how to do these challenges before the next one starts. I wanted to help here but couldn't figure out how to do it. All I got to do was scroll down the list and click on the numbers in the table. I still had no idea.

If you go to say 661 wrong word in marriage location and click ON it, it shows you what kind of errors that covers. Lets say you decide to do 1800-1899 years and click on the number 311 (which is how many there are) you get this report in a separate tab.

This gives you the profile link to fix it, what it thinks is wrong, name, religion?, birth, death, gender, privacy level, manager, marriage, and status.

Since this is a marriage category look at the info. "According is not a location" is shown. Now look under marriage. I see the date and HOLY COW, this person put a bio section instead of a location. THIS must be the error.So go to one of the 2 profiles, and edit the marriage to the other profile. 

Now I would probably copy all of this into the wife's bio section if it isn't already there. Then delete out all the text that doesn't belong there leaving it blank. If there is any marriage info on either profile, see if it contains a place. Then add THAT location into the field. Note on the profile you put all that info into that you are fixing the marriage location under "Explain Your Changes".

Once you are finished for tracking purposes, hit the status button in that report and document what you did. 

There will be some differences by type of suggestion but this is pretty much the same for all.

(BTW if someone has done something on the profile since June 3, 2018 they may have already fixed the suggestion.)

21 Answers

+10 votes
I will be working on France
answered by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (517k points)
+7 votes
I'm in - I've done a few already :-)
answered by Graeme Olney G2G6 Mach 4 (41.8k points)
Nice Graeme :-)
+8 votes
I'll do some. I'll mostly deal with some of the Canadian issues.
answered by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (211k points)
+9 votes
Okay.  You can put me to work.
answered by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (236k points)
+8 votes
I'll give it a go, Mate.  Doing some work on Australia.
answered by Robin Shaules G2G6 Mach 4 (48.6k points)
+6 votes
I am in for Team Tennessee Volunteers as their fearless leader.
answered by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (238k points)
+6 votes
I will cover Australia
answered by Roger Davey G2G6 Mach 1 (13.6k points)
+6 votes
Came across a profile with birth location "At Sea" - it showed as a 611 error location in lower case - each word was capitalised

Births at sea were a common occurrence in the 1800's for migrants coming to Australia and I am sure elsewhere
answered by Roger Davey G2G6 Mach 1 (13.6k points)
check 'Changes' - did someone correct the error before this report was published.
Roger, we would need the Wiki-ID to look at it.  It might be a technical glitch or something else going on.
Just checked the changes on Whitbread-250 - the words were capitilised on 20 March but change not recorded in the Status bar

Is At Sea ok for a location without error?
Yes, At Sea is on the OK list for locations. Thanks :-)
Cheers Emma
+7 votes
Hi!  I'll do a few, error 603 and 633, USA too early in birth/death dates, in the 1500-1699 group.
answered by Bonnie Saunders G2G6 (7.3k points)
+7 votes
I am in for this week, as much as I can.
answered by Karen Lorenz G2G6 Mach 2 (28.6k points)
+8 votes
Count me in.  I"m working on

643 () in death location and

663: USA too early in marriage location
answered by Sally Stovall G2G6 Mach 8 (87.7k points)
edited by Sally Stovall
+8 votes
I will join. I'm partial to Ireland.
answered by Sheila x G2G6 Mach 2 (25.8k points)
+8 votes
I'll do what I can with Canada.
answered by Judith Chidlow G2G6 Mach 1 (14.8k points)
+7 votes
As I work on profiles I make the correction and have found several.
answered by
+8 votes
I'll help out with what I can :)
answered by Tracy Leighton G2G6 (7.2k points)
+7 votes
I'm in, again.  Took some time off, but I'm back and using Steven's wonderful spreadsheet.
answered by Jo Gill G2G6 Mach 5 (57.8k points)
That spreadsheet is amazing!  So helpful and easy to coordinate who is doing what!
I'm glad people are finding it useful. I started the whole thing initially for the source-a-thon.
+5 votes
I'm in. Pre-1700 mostly. Starting now, but I won't get credit till it's updated and I can click the box, right?
answered by Katrina Whitaker G2G6 Mach 3 (32.5k points)
You get credit as soon as you successfully update the status. It won't get updated on the report until the next one comes out.
+5 votes
I'm changing some Death locations from uppercase to mixed case
answered by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Mach 4 (47.3k points)
+5 votes
I’ll work on them and do what I can.
answered by Cliff Lawrence G2G1 (1.4k points)
+4 votes
I'm working on all those pesky USA too early locations.  In the Georgia locations, I make a note on the profiles if the county listed wasn't actually formed until after the date given.
answered by Kathy Zipperer G2G6 Pilot (212k points)

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