Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (22 Sept 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 (194k 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.

Source Category

If you search Google for a name, sometimes you will find a Family History book which provide information about a person. Citing those books can be a bit of a challenge but ... did you know that a lot of those books have Space pages on WikiTree? Those pages usually have a suggested citation already written for your use. To find those space pages, review the Category: Source list, especially the Family Genealogies and Periodicals lists. You can also use the Text search to search for "Space" plus some words from the title of the book. For instance:

That page includes a citation for the book already written for you.

6 Answers

+3 votes
I'll try to do a few with the tracker
answered by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 2 (26.6k points)
Good to have you join us, Kyla. Good luck!
+3 votes

I will try to get my normal few for the day. I do see that I'm getting ever so slightly better both at sourcing and getting more than 1 or 2 done.

In the beginning there is a mention about this being a casual mini I think I'm going to start the morning off and stay in my PJ's so I'm really casual!

answered by Louise Halpin G2G6 Mach 1 (13.6k points)
I think that sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning, Louise. Good luck!
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I'm in to do some this Saturday - getting ready for Source-A-Thon next weekend. Will be using the tracker
answered by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Mach 1 (12.9k points)
Hope the Sprint helps get you in shape for next weekend, Emily. Good luck!
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I would like to add some sources. I am a newbie and need to know what is next for me to do. Thanks.
answered by Jackie Cobern G2G2 (2.3k points)

Hi Jackie. The goal for the Sprints is to get at least one source on each profile. If profiles that you manage are unsourced and were added at least one week before the Sprint, that would be a good place to start. The other goal is to have fun.

See the profile for Lula (Holder) Morguson for an example of a source. I used the RootsSearch tool (WikiTree ID menu > Research) to find that record at FindAGrave. Notice the change comment that I used; it gives enough detail that the profile manager doesn't have to go look at the change log to know what I did.

Once you have added the source and saved the changes, a big green banner will be at the top of the profile with a link to the Challenge Tracker. See the YouTube video referenced in the post at the top of the page to learn how to use the Challenge Tracker.

If you have questions, add a comment and we will find answers. Most of all, have fun! 

If all of the profiles you manage are sourced, you can look for others a variety of ways. I like to work on specific surnames (for instance McGee for me or maybe Cobern for you). To look at the unsourced for a different name, just change the name at the end of the URL.

+1 vote
Count me in for a few
answered by E J Gooden G2G6 (8k points)
The Sprints are over until October 6. Please join us then for the next round.
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I'll help fill in some blanks.
answered by M Hilliard G2G6 (9.2k points)
The Sprints are over until October 6. Please join us then for the next round.

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