Challenge of the Week: Clean up names [closed]

+9 votes

Hi WikiTreers,

Will you join our Data Doctors Challenge this week?     

Aleš's "WikiTree+" data analysis has uncovered thousands of profiles with special characters or words in name fields that probably don't belong there. There are parentheses that need to be removed, suffixes that need to be moved to the Suffix field, and much more.

Here is the table of likely problems and issues.

Although the changes might be simple and fast, a thoughtful genealogist like you needs to investigate and make the decision.

After you investigate something, set the status [more info]. That will earn you 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, and it will help us avoid stepping on each others' toes. Also post here 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

closed with the note: Challenge is finished
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
closed by Eowyn Walker
Challenge is active.

Spreadsheet is all updated to track what everyone is working on.  Spreadsheet  Screenshot instructions

Using the spreadsheet is NOT mandatory.  However, it basically IS a copy of the table, it has the link for the tracker built in, a link to suggestions breakdown by country/state/province, and you can color cells or write in empty cells below to let people know what you are doing.

14 Answers

+6 votes
I'm up for working on some.
by Staci Golladay G2G6 Mach 3 (33.5k points)
+6 votes
I will work on some.

by Kelley Harrell G2G6 Mach 1 (16.2k points)
+6 votes
I'll work on 721, England project list.
by Susan DeFoe G2G6 Mach 2 (27.5k points)
+6 votes
I will help this week
by Donnie Smith G2G1 (1.7k points)
+3 votes
I will do this for Team Tennessee Volunteers.
by Living Barnett G2G6 Pilot (469k points)
+5 votes
I will help out.
by Dallace Moore G2G6 Pilot (127k points)
+5 votes
Names are my favorites! I will be working on 721s 1800-1899
by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (940k points)
+4 votes
This is my first challenge and I don't think I am doing them correctly
by Dallace Moore G2G6 Pilot (127k points)
+4 votes
Hi, will work on a few this week!  Error 724 for 1700-1799.
by Bonnie Saunders G2G6 Mach 1 (14.4k points)
edited by Bonnie Saunders
+4 votes
I will do some this week.
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Pilot (245k points)
+4 votes
I'll definitely work on these - I have a bunch of good candidates in my own suggestion list!
by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Pilot (123k points)
+6 votes
I'll help again.
by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (228k points)
+4 votes
Will start off, working on the invisible Nicknames in "  "
by Patricia Roche G2G6 Pilot (568k points)
+5 votes

What should we do if we come across orphan profiles with the name "child", that were clearly born after 1950 (date of parents marriage).  Could guess the children's names from obit. 


 Put an estimated date of birth and make them unlisted?



by S Stevenson G2G6 Pilot (141k points)
generally "child" denotes died young or infant. Double check that before unlisting a dead baby.
I think they set all the people who are still alive as "child"

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