Jun/Jul 2018 Connectors Challenge

+12 votes

Hello Connectors!

Let's begin another month of connecting the unconnected across WikiTree. We'll get the project page updated soon with last month's tallies, but for now, it's time to start connecting!

Thanks to all of you who participated in last month's Challenge. If you haven't checked out the Connectors Chat page, you should! There is a lot of chatter there about what everyone is working on.

Now on to the Connectors Challenge Rules:

  1. Answer here to let us know you're in for this month, but use the tracker to record your connections.
  2. Pick any WikiTree profile which is not connected to the main tree. (In other words, that profile does not have a box at the bottom of the page, showing the degrees of separation from Queen Victoria etc.) You can find unconnected profiles using the Unconnected People tool, the Unconnected Profiles category, the Unlinked_Profiles category, or you may run across an unconnected profile in the regular course of your research.
  3. Add a new or connect an existing profile for a first degree relative (parent, spouse, sibling, or child) of the person on that profile as a link toward a connected profile.
  4. Add a source to the profiles involved in the connection showing the relationship between the two profiles. This could be a census record listing a family, a marriage record, a death record listing the spouse and/or parents, a birth record listing the parents, or any source which demonstrates that the two profiles should be connected to one another. Your source needs to be cited as closely to the style recommended on our Sources help page as possible to count towards your tally.
  5. If you are adding a new profile, it is a good idea to add a second, independent source for that profile. (For example, if you add a spouse because of a marriage record, then look for a birth or death record for the spouse you're adding.) (Note: The reason for this rule isn't to discourage you from adding people. But as you have probably already learned, even official documents frequently misspell names, so adding an independent confirmation of the name helps to save other researchers time in trying to find records that don't exist, because the person's real name was not the same as showed up in the linking document.)
  6. The tally is of branches/unconnected profiles connected to the WikiTree tree, not sources or profiles added. That said, if you can add a number of sources to a profile, all the better, and sometimes a connection will take a number of profiles to get added. Every one is different, and each one makes our tree better. 
  7. If either or both profiles you connect did not have good sources before and were already on WikiTree, then you can also count those sources towards the Sourcerers Challenge.
  8. All participants who do not already have a Connectors Project badge, will get one. Winners each month-the person with the most connections made to the tree-will get the Connection Challenge Winner badge, and the Top Connector each month with get a spiffy template to wear on their profile page. Stats will be kept on the Connectors Challenge page, just like we do for the Sourcerers Challenge.        

Ask questions in the comments section here. Thank you! 

 Follow your standings in the Connector Tracker.

WikiTree profile: Space:Connectors_Challenge

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (272k points)
Hi Bob, the challenge tracker link is going to the April challenge. Also the text regarding Queen Elizabeth isn't really correct anymore as she is unlisted. It could be updated to the post GDPR connection Queen Victoria? Same for the Space page.
Check the Tracker again. The new one should be up.
When I click the link  at the end of "Follow your standings in the Connector Tracker" it shows April still. Is that just me? The link should be http://wikitree.sdms.si/Challenges/connectorschallenge/20180615/User.htm
Recently, I had been looking at outcomes from the Relationship Finder (RF) and noted the utility of being able to identify best entry points, as I have thousands of profiles in my Ancestry.com account that need valid sourcing. So I can use the RF as a preliminary screen to make sure that a path exist, but also, once a A to B or pathway ancestor is identified, work to enter and verify the sourcing along the way; assuming that valid sources can be found. The likelihood of valid sourcing being found seems greater when an RF result can be used as a guide to give a data overview.

So I will see if I can remember to follow the instructions for this challenges' credits, because incentives and goal setting is useful, too.
I joined wikitree in Feb 2018 and have added 261 profiles connected to me. I have not yet been able to connect any of us to the rest of you! Will give it another go here.

Feel free to help!

I have been working on unsourced profiles for the Crouse and related orphan profiles that I adopted.  I noticed the page Unsourced Profiles was maintained by data doctors and said I should not Edit.  Since all these are my profiles, I am confused.  Do these count as part of the project?  Should I continue?  I am not only adding the sources but addition profiles and data as required.

Any profiles that are unsourced that you add sources to would count for the Sourcerers Challenge. If you have an unconnected profile that through adding profile(s) between your profile and a connected profile, your unconnected profile would count for the Connectors Challenge. Check your watchlist for profiles that have some sort of error, and there are lots of different errors, and try to correct them.
I would also like to assist on this project and will start right away.


Sarah H. Shaw-Saenz

11 Answers

+8 votes
I am in for Team Tennessee Volunteers
by Living Barnett G2G6 Pilot (511k points)
+11 votes
I might be in. I got through most of the easy ones from the New Zealand list last month though.
by Paula Staunton G2G6 Mach 3 (38.9k points)
+9 votes
Count me in :)
by Jayme Arrington G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
+9 votes
I'm in. Chasing Wibles and Moss/Morse. That name change is confusing!
by Katrina Whitaker G2G6 Mach 4 (42.0k points)
+9 votes
I'm adding my name to the list.
by Sandy Harris G2G5 (5.9k points)
+9 votes
I would like to join the Connectors and have added it to my followed tags.Can I get a badge please and thanks.
by N Gauthier G2G6 Pilot (304k points)
+8 votes
I’m gonna try this.
by Pam Fraley G2G6 Pilot (154k points)
+7 votes
Sounds fun, I love finding out how we are all connected and related. I am in.
by Lisa Murphy G2G6 Pilot (352k points)
+7 votes

I'm in - I've just joined the Connectors to work on England profiles, so I'll see how many I can tackle over the first month. I'm starting with profiles from Somerset. I didn't work out how to use the Tracker for a start (I'd been ignoring that box at the top of an edited profile unless it's not green smiley) but I think I've gone back and tracked retrospectively for my first two trails.

by Suzanne Doig G2G6 Mach 4 (40.6k points)
edited by Suzanne Doig
+5 votes

I'll try to keep the home fires burning. laugh

by Sandy Harris G2G5 (5.9k points)
+6 votes
Late, but I'm in :)
by Philip Gale G2G6 Mach 3 (35.7k points)

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