Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (6 October 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 (203k 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.

Source: FamilySearch FindAGrave Index is a wonderful resource for Saturday Sourcing Sprints. Using the RootsSearch tool from the profile page, you can quickly get in to FamilySearch, discover a FindAGrave index record, and do a little analysis to make sure it applies to the profile you are working on. If it is a match, please DO NOT stop there; remember, our goal is to add as complete a citation as possible.

Too often, FindAGrave memorial pages contain no sources for the information on them. For instance, the memorial page of Obediah Allen does not have a picture of a headstone nor a source for the included short bio. Another instance is the FindAGrave memorial page mentioned in the Research Notes on the profile of Martha McGee. Her gravestone does not provide information about her parents and the profile does not include information about a husband. These ARE NOT sources; they are clues for more research. For FindAGrave memorial pages like these, add a ==Research Notes== section like the one on Marth's page and include the FindAGrave citation with a note that there are no sources.

FindAGrave memorial pages, like these for Madelyn Rae (Freeman) Cahill and George Freeman, may include sources such as a picture of a gravestone, an image of the death certificate, a transcription of an obituary with the name and date of the publication, etc. In cases like those, the memorial pages ARE valid sources and should be cited. The FamilySearch record can be added to the "See Also" section at the bottom of the page like this:

  • ==Sources==
    <references />
    * Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 05 October 2018), memorial page for George Washington Gibson (19 Nov 1845–17 Aug 1923), {{FindAGrave|142869540}}, citing Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by astroboy (contributor 47971303) .

    See Also:
    *"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch( : 15 December 2015), George Washington Gibson, 1923; Burial, South Amherst, Lorain, Ohio, United States of America, Evergreen Cemetery; citing record ID 142869540, Find a Grave,
I have just started sourcing for today and the Saturday Sourcing Sprint is not showing up
The trackers not showing the Saturday Soucing Sprint
Sorry all, I just fixed it. Source On!
Thank you Debi
Tracking for the sprint option is still not showing when I try to get credit.
Thanks for letting me know. I've double checked all the things I can do and don't see anything. I've sent a message to Aleš asking for his help.

11 Answers

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Best answer
Another soccer day, so I'll do what I can.
answered by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 2 (25.4k points)
selected by Debi Hoag
Catching up. Thanks for sourcing the most profiles in the 6 October Sprint.
+4 votes
I'm in again...
answered by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (188k points)
+5 votes
Count me in.
answered by Kathy Kitrel G2G4 (4.3k points)
+6 votes
I am in for tomorrow
answered by Steph Meredith G2G6 Mach 6 (68k points)
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I might do some not sure how many.

Not as many as last weekend as I have things to do.

answered by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Mach 4 (43.5k points)
Not been able to use the tracker today so will list here. I have added to monthly challenge.
+4 votes
I'll do some
answered by Joan Whitaker G2G6 Mach 5 (53.8k points)
+4 votes
I'll be sourcing :-)
answered by Susie MacLeod G2G6 Pilot (154k points)
+3 votes
I will be doing some on Saturday.
answered by Louise Halpin G2G6 Mach 2 (28.5k points)
+2 votes
I'm in again, too.
answered by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (126k points)
+2 votes
I am going to do a few today...
answered by Louise Halpin G2G6 Mach 2 (28.5k points)
+2 votes
Hi,  It's raining again.  I'm in...
answered by Janine Barber G2G6 Pilot (133k points)

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