Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (18 August 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," "Geni.com," "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 (235k points)

Citation Tip of the Week

This is not an endorsement of any one source or citation style. Tips are provided to help you learn how to cite the sources you find. There is no requirement to look for sources of this type.

WikiPedia articles are authored works, created and edited by many volunteers (much like a WikiTree profile). The articles should not be relied upon as the only source for facts about a person and are not considered a "good enough" source for removing the Unsourced template or tracking. At the bottom of a Wikipedia page, there will be a list of sources used to compile the article. Review those sources to see if more complete information can be obtained.

If you do not have time to track down better sources, add citations for Wikipedia and the books to the See Also portion of the profile's biography. DO NOT remove the Unsourced template and DO NOT use the Challenge Tracker to count the profile.

For instance, the Wikipedia article on Tom Jones, a British trade unionist, includes his dates of birth and death. The article includes citations for two books (more authored works), each of which includes page numbers. Those books should be consulted to determine where the information was found. Both the Wikpedia article and the cited books are clues as to where to find better sources. 

To cite a Wikipedia article, scroll down to the Tools section of the link column under the globe logo. There you will find a "Cite This Page" link which, when clicked, will open a page with all the information needed to cite the article. Take a moment to read the Note at the top of the page.

All the data needed to create your own citation can be found in the "Bibliographic details" section of the page. There are also pre-formatted versions for various style guides although there is not one specific to the "Evidence Explained" (EE) method. Chicago Style was used as the stepping off point for EE and is fine for our purposes:

5 Answers

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Count me in will see what I can do.
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Mach 6 (63.1k points)
+5 votes
I'll do a few using the tracker.
by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 3 (35.1k points)
+2 votes
Count me in
by Jill Claus G2G6 Mach 1 (13.3k points)
+2 votes
I would like to give this a try. I will follow directions, but if anyone notices me doing something incorrectly, please let me know!
by Sarah Mason G2G6 Mach 2 (27.9k points)
+1 vote
Count me in for a few!
by Louann Halpin G2G6 Mach 4 (43k points)

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