Sourcerers' Challenge Month of July 2018

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Hello, Sourcerers! 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. 


After you save an edit, a green banner appears at the top of the page. In the banner is a black “button” labeled Challenge Tracker. Press that, and on the page that comes up, select Sourcerers challenge and the appropriate comment (or fill in your own if none of the canned answers fit what you did). Hit Add Action and you’re done. The Tracker tracks the number of profiles you add sources to. You can see the July Tracker at:

* 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, a search results page from another genealogy website, the words "Ancestry tree," "," "Pedigree Resource Files" from FamilySearch, or the like, adding a better source will be a valid update for the Sourcerers' Challenge. If you add better sources to the profiles, use the Challenge Tracker to 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! 

[Edit: Revised wording on profiles sourced only with online trees - 13 July 2018 18:47EDT Debi Hoag]

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (211k points)
edited by Debi Hoag
I'm in
I'm in using the tracker
I'm in what happens if I forget to check it ,is it ok if I go back in and then cjheck it?
Hi, please can you confirm for me, if I find a source for an unsourced profile and add it, I think I should take out the ‘unsourced’ tag? I think that is how it will drop out of the unsourced category. But it would be useful to leave any other part of the tag, such as county? (I’m new to this and don’t want to over-step the mark! Thanks, Marjorie

If you add a source please remove the tag, all you do is delete the tag at the top of the page or at least that is what I do.

We're all new in different areas that is what make wikitree so great.

Thanks Jenny :)
You're welcome

56 Answers

+16 votes
I'm in for another month
by Kevin Sweet G2G6 (8.4k points)
+16 votes
I’m in using the tracker
by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 4 (46.3k points)
Count me in for July!  I WILL BE USING THE TRACKER.
+15 votes
I missed the last couple of months due to family obligations, but I'm back now for July. Count me in. I'll be using the tracker
by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
+14 votes
I am in for this month
by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
+16 votes
I’m in, I'll be using the tracker and working on Australian ones.
by Kathleen Cobcroft G2G6 Mach 7 (72.2k points)
+16 votes
I'm in, will be using the tracker.
by Rakelle Teschner G2G6 Mach 3 (36.4k points)
+15 votes
I'd like to join the challenge again for July and I'll use the tracker :)
by Katharine Tepper G2G1 (1.0k points)
+15 votes
I'd like to jump in on this month's using the tracker.
by Jessica Merkel G2G1 (1.3k points)
+14 votes
I'm in again for July, tracking is so easy.
by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Pilot (303k points)
+14 votes
Auf geht's!
by Hans Hofmann G2G6 Mach 2 (27.0k points)
+13 votes
I'm still working on 20th Cent. Illinois
by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 6 (66.4k points)
+13 votes
I will source a few and use the tracker
by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (420k points)
+13 votes
I'd like to join but after reviewing the challenge page it refers to tracking results but no info on how to get it or what it is.  Can someone point me in the right direction?

While I love the idea of wikitree, it is not new user friendly and this is a perfect example.
by Michelle Whitnah G2G2 (2.0k points)


After you save an edit, a green banner appears at the top of the page. In the banner is a black “button” labeled Challenge Tracker. Press that, and on the page that comes up, select Sourcerers challenge and the appropriate comment (or fill in your own if none of the canned answers fit what you did). Hit Add Action and you’re done. The Tracker tracks the number of profiles you add sources to. You can see the current Tracker at:

Hope this answers your question. 


Thank you Bob!  I've always considered myself very tech and internet savvy, yet this site confuses me like no other.

I’d be happy to help you out. Just pm (private message) me with any questions or problems.

And, Bob, we'd love you more if you put this information in your Sorcerer's Challenge introduction each month!
Bob, I cannot figure out how to PM someone on here. I got an email notification that I have a message, and other than replying via email (which failed for 3 days and never went through) I cannot figure out if there is an internal mailbox on the site or what. I just looked at your profile after clicking your name and saw nothing about how to send a PM.   

Literally this site is frustrating beyond belief.  I've headed statewide genealogy projects, I've been a charter contributor at several for almost 2 decades and yet this site is so user unfriendly I can barely believe it works.  If there is a tutorial page explaining how the site features work, please point me to it.   I spend more time trying to figure out what the terminology is or how to do something, then actually working on the tree itself.

I don’t host the Challenge every month. There are 4 of us who rotate hosting. But we all usually just copy the previous month’s post, so I’ll try to work in Tracker instructions into the post. Might not be easy as we’re close to the max number of characters.

+13 votes
New month, new bunch of profiles needing some meat on the bones!
by A Hayes G2G6 Mach 1 (12.7k points)
+13 votes
I am using the tracker.
by N Gauthier G2G6 Pilot (147k points)
+11 votes
I'm in and will be using the tracker
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (200k points)
+12 votes
I'm in this month.
by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (321k points)
+12 votes
I’m in again and will use the tracker.
by Erin English Bailey G2G6 Mach 1 (15.8k points)
+12 votes
Time flies when you're having fun! I'm in again!
by Louann Halpin G2G6 Mach 6 (62.3k points)
+12 votes
I already started this morning - using the tracker.
by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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