Challenge of the week: Clean up as many location names as possible [closed]

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Hi WikiTreers,

Will you join our "Data Doctors" Challenge? This week's challenge focuses on location fields.

Aleš has prepared a report of profiles from around the tree that have potential errors in their locations. These are usually simple typos that are easy to fix. But a thinking genealogist needs to give them a quick "reality check" and consider the intent of the original member and the sources before making any changes. Will you try some?

Click here for the list.

After making a change, click the "challenge tracker" button and then the edit the status. This will record a point. The member with the most points at 11:59pm EDT on Sunday night will get the badge and the bragging rights. But we'll all benefit from a neater, cleaner shared tree.

If you're participating, please post here to let us know. This helps us coordinate and cheer each other on. Or post if you have any questions about how to participate.

Thanks for helping!

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closed with the note: Challenge is finished
asked in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
closed by Eowyn Langholf  spreadsheet link 

All updated and ready to go. Below is a link on the G2G post explaining how to do Data Doctor Challenges with screenshots. 

Challenge Tracker

I have a question.  On many locations, there is a large number in the birth and death locations, such as "Annapolis Royal, 1654145, Nova Scotia, Canada" such as [[Rice-6558]].  We get 605 and 635 "number in birth/death location".  What should be done with that number?  I don't know what it is, so I don't want to remove it, or just add it to the bio text area without some explanation.  Does anyone have an idea about how to handle those?   Thanks

I just found an answer to a question that someone else had posted about this problem.  Looks like the consensus is to just put it into the bio area since it seems to be GPS coordinates, but I only see one number usually.
The tracker is not updating!!!

17 Answers

+6 votes
Where's Tibbitts when you need him?
answered by Stephanie Ward G2G6 Mach 3 (32k points)
I updated. Holy cow. LOL

(just so you know, Aleš does it whenever he gets to it. I have to manually update the spreadsheet sometime after everyone can see it all got updated.)
+4 votes
I'm back and I'm ready to help on this.
answered by Robin Shaules G2G6 Mach 4 (48.6k points)
+5 votes
I'll try to clean up as many as I can.
answered by K. Anonymous G2G6 Mach 2 (22.2k points)
+4 votes


answered by A Smaltz G2G3 (3.8k points)
+4 votes
I will work on some English ones if I have time.
answered by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Mach 3 (31.1k points)
+3 votes
I'm definitely keen to join!
answered by Amy Utting G2G6 Pilot (110k points)
well I was not paying attention again , but I have been changing quite a few that were messed up for time frame or some that were abbreviated too so yay me
+4 votes
I’m game for some tidying. I’ll help where I can! :)
answered by Robin Helstrom G2G4 (4.5k points)
+3 votes
I’ll work on some of these
answered by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Mach 1 (12.8k points)
+3 votes
I'll jump in and try a few!
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I'll chip away at some more Scottish ones.
answered by Sheena Tait G2G6 Mach 3 (34.2k points)
+2 votes
I am participating.
answered by Ashton Carter G2G Crew (900 points)
+2 votes
I would like to help on this!
answered by Cheryl Hess G2G6 Pilot (127k points)
+5 votes
This is a sore point with me, so YES, I will join.

When I first joined wikitree someone criticized me for not putting USA or United States after the state names. Now I'm very aware of when that' appropriate or not by date. But I'm also aware of how many people in other countries abbreviate provinces or whatever and leave off the country names. It is starting to offend me. Sometimes I'm not sure where the location is.

So Yes, I will work on locations.
answered by Judy Bramlage G2G6 Mach 2 (23.4k points)
+2 votes
I'll do as many as I can fit in.
answered by Beverly Benfer G2G6 (7.7k points)
+3 votes

Yes, I’ve already fixed several.  Standard locations really help connect profiles and with sourcing.

answered by John Auborn G2G3 (3.5k points)
+2 votes
I will work on the English ones when I can
answered by Janet Wild G2G6 Mach 2 (27.3k points)
+1 vote
Is anyone having trouble tracking right now? I am able to clean and save profiles, but not able to track them.

Thank you.
answered by Cheryl Hess G2G6 Pilot (127k points)
The tracker on the Wikitree+ Servers wasn't responding but is back on line
Thank you Graeme

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