Sourcerers' Challenge Month of August 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 results in 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 current 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! 

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
edited by Debi Hoag

If anyone is interested, citation tips are being shared in the Sprints. They are archived at Sprint Citation Tips of the Week. Last week was FindAGrave, this week is Census records.

I'm in for August. Wow time seems to just keep flying by!
Have lot more sources to my tree and it's been awhile since I've been on - some hints would be great thank you.  I  know I'm a little late to the party
Keep getting error, "Can't find page" when trying to reach Error Tracker.  Just started about 15 minutes ago (2:20 PM EST)   Will post changes to my answer for the time being.

Email has been sent to Aleš alerting him to the problem. It's o'dark-thirty where he is, so it may be a while. Good idea, Terri, to keep track on your post.

While I was typing that, it got fixed LOL

Thank you.   Now I'm getting error msg for Family Search..  Guess everyone is trying to use it.  Will try later. or tomorrow.
Do I need to go back and enter those in the Tracker?...Please, please tell me I don't.
Anyone else having trouble not adding all the sources that are found?  And wanting to do even more research on some of these profiles?  I must be addicted!!!
I always add all the sources I can, Terri, that's why my score's fairly low. :D
Understand.  I usually look for at least 2, sometimes can't find that, but sometimes, there's just a treasure chest of sources so I end up adding quite a few more.  I am glad the month is ending, computer chair needs to recover.
Count me in for September, using the tracker.

Paula, if you want to be counted for the September challenge you will need to answer, not comment, in the September thread, here.

55 Answers

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count me in for August, using the tracker,
by Kevin Sweet G2G6 Mach 1 (18.6k points)
Awesome, Kevin. Thanks!
+16 votes
Did over 100 in July after knee surgery with lots of recovery time.  Hope to match it in Aug. with the tracker
by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Pilot (574k points)
Wow, Beulah! I do hope your knee is on the mend.
+15 votes
count me in - using tracker
by T Walker G2G6 Mach 2 (28.7k points)
Thanks, T. Glad you've joined us this month.
+15 votes
I'm in and will use the tracker also.
by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (288k points)
Good to see you here, Carolyn. Thanks!
+15 votes
I'll be in for August -- missed out on July and will miss September, so I'll try to max out this month.  Using the tracker.
by Jim Angelo G2G6 Mach 6 (63.9k points)
Thanks, Jim! It all helps.
+15 votes
I’m sure I’ll source a few profiles this month.
by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (267k points)
+15 votes
I'm in again this month!
by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (408k points)
Yay, Debi!
+15 votes
I’ll use the tracker.
by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (610k points)
Thanks, Kay!
+14 votes
I'm in for August.  I am working on 19th Century Illinois.
by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 8 (88.6k points)
Thank you, Beverly!
+15 votes
Count me in.  It will be my first time to participate.  I'll be using the tracker.

I've already made a mistake by commenting and not answering, but I realized it and am answering!
by Kathryn Morse G2G6 Mach 6 (67.7k points)
Thank you, Kathryn, and welcome!
+14 votes
I'm in for August! I'm using the tracker.
by Erin English Bailey G2G6 Mach 1 (18.6k points)
Hi, Erin, thank you!
+14 votes
I will join in again this month.
by Edie Kohutek G2G6 Mach 9 (99.0k points)
Thank you, Edie.
+14 votes
Will be doing more Sourcerers magic again this month.
by Erin Klein G2G6 Mach 2 (28.6k points)
Nice, thanks, Erin!
+14 votes
I'm in and will be using the tracker.
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (298k points)
Thanks so much, Traci!
+15 votes
I will help too - using the tracker.
by Jill Claus G2G6 Mach 2 (21.3k points)
Thank you, Jill!
+14 votes
Count me in for August, using the tracker.  

by Janine Barber G2G6 Pilot (236k points)
Awesome, Janine, thanks!
+13 votes
I'm in, am using the tracker.
by Rakelle Teschner G2G6 Mach 5 (51.2k points)
Thank you!
+13 votes
I am in and using tracker
by Robert Foster G2G2 (2.9k points)
Thanks for helping out, Robert!
+14 votes
I will try to participate this month, will use the tracker, now that I think I know what I'm doing as far as the trackers go.
by K. Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (148k points)
Wonderful. If you have problems, just let us know.
+13 votes
Play it again, Sam!
by Hans Hofmann G2G6 Mach 3 (33.4k points)

Ahhh, the ever reliable, Hans. wink Thanks!

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