Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (15 September 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!

asked in The Tree House by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (199k points)


There will not be a Sprint the last weekend of September. Please see the Source-A-Thon registration post at the top of the G2G forum if you want to source that weekend.

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.

There are a few databases which seem to be exclusive to If any of the data in the record is the only evidence for a fact, please be sure to include that information in an abstract. 

For instance, the Social Security Application and Claim Index includes data extracted from Form SS-5, the Application for Social Security Number. Those forms, filled out by the applicant and updated at the time of marriage, divorce, and death, can often help find the maiden name of married women (note the data in red in the example). The records can be searched by all the names that a person used. The records can contain a lot of data of interest to genealogists:

Information you may find includes:

  • applicant's full name
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • date and place of birth
  • citizenship
  • sex
  • father's name
  • mother's maiden name
  • race/ethnic description (optional)[1]

Citation Template:

  • Ancestry, online database, "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," ( : accessed Date), Name (b-d); Social Security Administration (Baltimore, Maryland, USA), "Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007." [abstracted info] 

Citation Example:

  • Ancestry, online database, "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," ( : accessed Date), Laura Rachel McGee (1934-1996); Social Security Administration (Baltimore, Maryland, USA), "Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007." [Laura Rachel Helms; b 10 Oct 1932 in Monroe, Union, North Carolina; died 17 Feb 1996; SSN xxx-xx-1840; Parents: Martin L Helms and Seena A Baucom; Also Known As: Nov 1950: Name listed as Laura Rachel Helms; Apr 1956 - 26 Oct 1987: Name listed as Rachel Laura McGee; 26 Oct 1987; 24 Feb 1996: Name listed as Rachel L McGee]

[1], ( : accessed 14 September 2018), "About U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007"

7 Answers

+3 votes
Best answer
Okay if I'm going to be sourcing for monthly and saturday sprints but I'm more interested in getting sources correct than winning a badge should I continue adding my name each week and/or month.

My reason for sourcing is to help as so many have helped me.

And yes I'll be sourcing on Saturday.
answered by Louise Halpin G2G6 Mach 2 (21.5k points)
selected by E J Gooden
Louise, I love seeing who is participating but you are right, if you have answered a Sprint message once, there is no requirement to do so in following weeks.  As far as I know, that is one of the unique things about the Sprints. Please continue to register for any other challenge in which you participate
+3 votes
Not sure how fast my internet cnnection will be tomorrow, but I will do some sourcing for this challenge since I’m not doing the monthly Sourcerer’s challenge.
answered by Erin Klein G2G6 Mach 1 (15.2k points)
+2 votes
will try to fit a couple in
answered by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (106k points)
+1 vote
I only have about 30 minutes.   I'm getting ready for a trip.
answered by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 2 (24k points)
+1 vote
Going to do some today !
answered by Lydia Holland G2G2 (2.6k points)
+1 vote
Hoping to do a few today.

Edit: Strike that, guess I won't at least not offically since I can't get Challenge Tracker to work (can you tell I'm a newbie? LOL)
answered by Valerie Downey G2G2 (2.7k points)
edited by Valerie Downey
+1 vote
I'd like to try.!
answered by E J Gooden G2G6 (8.8k points)

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