Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (28 July 2018)

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Hi WikiTreers! 

imageJoin in on this week's 24-hour Saturday Sourcing Sprint!

It's basically a casual mini Source-a-Thon.

When it's Saturday where you are, get sourcing! 
(And quit when it's Sundaysmiley)

Anytime you want to compete for the Weekly Winners badge, click answer at the bottom of this post, We use the Challenge Tracker to record the profiles we sources. 

Tell us about your successes, discrepancies, stories that tug at your heart strings, and new amazing sources. We have a Google Hangout if you'd like to join us. It will be as busy or quiet as we make it.

  • All profiles improved must come from the Unsourced categories or be already present on WikiTree and only have links to other profiles, links to search results from another genealogy website, or the words "Ancestry tree," "," "Pedigree Resource Files" from FamilySearch, and the like. Do not delete these items as they can provide clues for other researchers.
  • If you cannot find any sources, create a Research Notes section, list where you tried to find records, and add four tildes to the end of your note as a date stamp (you won't see it until you save). Do not remove the Unsourced Template and do not use the tracker or count in your tally. Example:
    • "Looked for John in the US Census records for 1900-1940 and couldn't find him on FamilySearch or Ancestry"
  • Sources citations need to provide a way for anyone to find the source. We strive for the Evidence Explained format to tell where, what, who, and when, as well as where the was source was found. Do not delete existing items in the Sources area as they can provide clues for other researchers. 
    • Examples of citations can be found in the Tip of the Week first comment in each post and in the Citation Example page where the Weekly Tips will be archived.
  • If you add a source which names other family members, check to see if their profiles exist. 
    • If not, add  [[Category:Needs Profiles Created]] to the first line of the edit box
    • If so and there are no sources, add the source. Use the tracker to count that profile too

See the Sprint Help Page for full details. 

When you save the profile, a green bar for the Challenge Tracker will appear at the top. Due to the security changes for the implementation of GDPR regulations, unlisted profiles are not eligible for challenge tracking. 

For all others, click the Challenge Tracker button, add or verify your WikiTreeID, select a pre-defined comment or add your own to indicate which type(s) of source(s) you added, put a check mark in the "Saturday Sourcing Sprint" box, and click "Add Action." If you participate in the Monthly Sourcerers' Challenge you can click both boxes. For visual learners, this YouTube video starting at about the 4.30 minute mark will explain how to use the tracker (earlier parts of the video explain how to find sources and add the citations to profiles).

You can track your progress on the Challenge Tracker report.

Don't forget to removed the Unsourced template if you are able to add a source!

in The Tree House by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (412k points)
edited by Debi Hoag

Citation Tip of the Week:

This is not an endorsement of any one source  A FindAGrave memorial page with no gravestone picture or other image is not a valid source for the Sprint. provides a citation on every memorial page. It can be found by clicking the "view source" link beside the memorial page number in the heading. A single click on the citation will copy the entire paragraph. That paragraph can be pasted in the edit box of a biography. By default, it will look like this:

  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 26 July 2018), memorial page for Abraham Lincoln (12 Feb 1809–15 Apr 1865), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7376, citing National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

A couple of edits are recommended. First, change the words in red above to those below to create a link to the specific memorial page at FindAGrave. Second, remove the redundant space before the period at the very end. The result will look like this in the edit box:

  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 26 July 2018), memorial page for Abraham Lincoln (12 Feb 1809–15 Apr 1865), {{FindAGrave|7376}}, citing National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave.

When you preview the biography and/or save the changes, the citation will look like this:

  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 26 July 2018), memorial page for Abraham Lincoln (12 Feb 1809–15 Apr 1865), Find A Grave: Memorial #7376, citing National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave.

The FindAGrave template is used to make inevitable link format changes easy to manage. With one change by the team in the background, all pages will be updated. Review the FindAGrave help page for a full explanation of the template and how to properly cite a memorial page for someone other than the subject of the profile. For example, if a parent's memorial page includes a transcription of an obituary that names the subject of the profile. If the "sameas=no" parameter is not used, the profile will appear on the following week's suggestion reports.

Count me in again. Not going for the win just trying to contribute what I can!

Thanks for the info on Find A Grave. I will need to practice a few times to make sure I'm understanding it! If I need help I'll holler!
I got it on the first one! Yay me! I will say that once I clicked on the view source on the Find A Grave page then re-read what you had written it all fell into place.

With that being said now on to the 2nd phase making the inevitable link format when someone else is mentioned.
I'll do some this week. I am trying to reduce the number of error '511 Unique Name (Spelling)' in Yorkshire. Most of them are unsourced, so need to find a source in order to correct the name. Killing two birds with one stone.
Thanks, Joan, and good luck with your Yorkshire 511s.

I'm going to be traveling much of today, so I don't know that I'll get more than my goal of one. Every one helps, right!
I am merrily going along finding a West family with many members needing sources. So I start a family tree for the family in my ancestry account and gather sources and family members. Ready to get rid of all of those unsourced West's I find a complete duplicate family on Wikitree. So I don't want to upset the profile managers so I only send 4 merges initiated and introduce myself and ask to be put on their Trusted List and offer to help adding that I have additional sources to add. So if I am remembering correctly I got one profile sourced today.

West-1551 and West-13436

West-8055 and West-13435

Oliphant-54 and Oliphant-543

So ends another Saturday Sourcing Sprint!

That's the way it goes some days, Louise. Nice thing is that you'll be able to count them toward the Sourcerers Challenge when they are merged (do a bit of cleanup on the profile when you get notified so that the tracker will show up). If it connects those duplicate profiles to the world wide tree, they also count toward the Connectors Challenge.

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Best answer
There are only a little over 300 profiles for Illinois 20th Century, so I'm switching to the 19th Century.  Most of the profiles from the 20th Century are not open, so it is getting too difficult sorting through them.
by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 8 (89.8k points)
selected by Debi Hoag
Welcome back, Beverly. Good luck in the 1800s.
Congratulations, Beverly, on being the highest scoring registered Sprinter!
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Might get a few done so include me. Working in morning so will not be many.
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Pilot (328k points)
Thanks, Hilary. Good luck
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Count me in again. Not going for the win just trying to contribute what I can!

by Louann Halpin G2G6 Mach 7 (73.5k points)

Glad to have you, Louise, and thanks for letting me know the tip was helpful. 

Good luck finding some "phase 2" memorials too. I love it when memorials have newspaper citations included with the transcriptions of marriage notices and  obituaries. I've even seen some with images of the death certificates. Tracking down the originals of those is always better, of course. 

+7 votes
I am in for this weekend.
by Living Barnett G2G6 Pilot (511k points)
Good luck Linda. Thanks
+6 votes
count me in
by T Walker G2G6 Mach 3 (30.5k points)
Great, T! Good luck
+7 votes
Me again! Team GB-Gen
by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (176k points)
Excellent, Michelle, it's always great to see you.
+7 votes
Count me in - Team GB-Gen.
by Peter Cameron G2G6 Mach 2 (26.2k points)
Welcome back, Peter. Good luck!
+6 votes
Looking forward to sourcing a few profiles this weekend.
by Brigitte Theuma G2G6 Mach 1 (17.1k points)
+6 votes
Count me in! The FindAGrave tip was handy too!! Thanks!
by Andrea Hochstetler G2G Crew (810 points)
+6 votes
I will try to do a few this evening.

by Linda Green G2G6 Mach 2 (23.3k points)

Hi Linda. The Sprint ended at 12pm Saturday night, wherever you are. There will be another one next Saturday. In the meantime, the monthly Sourcerers Challenge is ongoing. If you have already added an answer there, use the tracker's Sourcerers Challenge check box for recording your sources  If you haven't answered in the Sourcerers Challenge, head over to that thread, read the guidelines, and add an answer.

Yes - I goofed up. Sorry. I responded to the monthly sourcerers challenge after I realized this one was over.


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