Challenge of the week: Improve orphaned profiles [closed]

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Hi WikiTreers,

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

Once again, Aleš has come up with something to help us work together on a category of profiles that need our help. This time it's "orphans," i.e. profiles without Profile Managers.

Here is the list of orphaned profiles that could use some TLC.

Will you join us?

Every time you record a status update it will earn you a point. The member with the most points at 11:59pm EDT on Sunday night will get the Winner badge this week 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!

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closed with the note: Challenge is finished
in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
closed by Eowyn Langholf
Challenge is active
I may have asked this before, but is there a way to get a list of all orphaned profiles by state or country?
Emma, try using WikiTree+ by going down to where it says search and enter the name like New Zealand orphan. I just tried it and found 500 results.
Thank you David :-)
You can also use country/state error lists and look in manager column for text Orphan. simple Find will do well.
Question, how does one correct an incorrect LNAB?
I’m in.

Kelley, if you have a source showing the correct LNAB and it is an orphan profile, you need to first adopt the profile. Then change the LNAB (little tiny link next to the LNAB while in edit mode gets you to the LNAB change page). Then come back and add the source for your change to the profile.  

Don't forget to remove yourself as manager when you are done (this is done in the privacy tab).
The family I am working on is an orphan family with the exception of the wife. Her profile, unknown Nancy, was added in 2010, but her profile appears to have been adopted, maybe in 2015 or 2016. I did send a message to the profile manager listing the sources I found as well as adding them to the profile in question. I assume now I just wait to hear from the profile manager.
Yes, Kelley, that is the best we can do in these cases. Thank you for sending the source along. This helps a lot.

22 Answers

+5 votes
Working on 631
by Esmé van der Westhuizen G2G6 Mach 8 (89.1k points)
+6 votes
I'll try to do a few this week :)
by Lucy Lavelle G2G6 Mach 3 (34.9k points)
+6 votes
I'll work on some too.
by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (139k points)
+6 votes
I'm in this week!

I'm editing template errors
by Erin Quinn Valcho G2G3 (3.1k points)
edited by Erin Quinn Valcho
+5 votes
I'll do some more - starting on 863
by Jim Angelo G2G6 Mach 2 (28.3k points)
+4 votes


I'm probably being really thick here, but I can't work out exactly how to participate in this.

by Sue Carlson Dunn G2G1 (1.8k points)

click where it says  Space:DD_Challenge_Orphaned_Profiles_IV then on the new window click DBE ErrorList Challenge 41 Orphans) (Or go to the data doctor spreadsheet, click the week challenge tab at the bottom) Then on THAT window (or tab) pick an error you want to work on and a time frame and click THAT link. , 

This will bring you to a page with a list of profiles having te error you want to do. Go to the profile, fix the error, come back and click the status button and then fill in what you did. Then next profile.

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I'm in! Checking out the name errors!
by Stacey Guiher G2G1 (1.6k points)
+5 votes
Lookin forward to this challenge, I have actually found some of my family in orphaned profiles!  Adopted them and updated,  Full of surprises!, count me in.
by Deborah Dunn G2G6 Mach 1 (19.9k points)
+5 votes
I'd also like to participate in this challenge.  And I, too, have found relatives among the orphans and been able to adopt them.

by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (371k points)
+4 votes
My favorite!! I'm in.
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (513k points)
+5 votes
Would love to help!
by Rosetta Link G2G6 (7.9k points)
+5 votes
Who doesn't love an orphan?
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (341k points)
+4 votes
I am in like Flynn, I enjoy reading some of these bios and like to tidy up with what I have learnt e.g. putting reference tags in after Sources  plus other tidbits.
by Rionne Brooks G2G6 Mach 4 (48.7k points)
+4 votes
I'm in. Working on Australian biography errors (800s) - hopefully a few of these will be orphans!
by John Rosser G2G6 (7.8k points)
+4 votes
I'm working on an old and messy gedcom with lots of orphans
by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (575k points)
+4 votes
I'll sign up for this one! Wisconsin births/deaths are my focus.
by Dana Johnson G2G6 Mach 2 (21.3k points)
+4 votes
I will do what I can :) 418 looks like fun for some reason.
by Tracy Leighton G2G6 (7.4k points)
+3 votes
I'm in! I found relatives "Orphans" and adopted them. Let's Go!
by M King G2G2 (2k points)
+2 votes
I'll try to do some :)
by R Teschner G2G6 Mach 2 (24k points)
+2 votes
Joining in the work project for a new adventure...
by Mary Morken G2G3 (3.2k points)

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