Nov/Dec 2018 Connectors Challenge

+9 votes

Hello Connectors!

Let's begin another month of connecting the unconnected across WikiTree. We'll get the project page updated soon with last month's tallies, but for now, it's time to start connecting!

Thanks to all of you who participated in last month's Challenge. If you haven't checked out the Connectors Chat page, you should! There is a lot of chatter there about what everyone is working on.

Now on to the Connectors Challenge Rules:

  1. Answer here to let us know you're in for this month, but use the tracker to record your connections.
  2. Pick any WikiTree profile which is not connected to the main tree. (In other words, that profile does not have a box at the bottom of the page, showing the degrees of separation from Queen Victoria etc.) You can find unconnected profiles using the Unconnected People tool, the Unconnected Profiles category, the Unlinked_Profiles category, or you may run across an unconnected profile in the regular course of your research.
  3. Add a new or connect an existing profile for a first degree relative (parent, spouse, sibling, or child) of the person on that profile as a link toward a connected profile.
  4. Add a source to the profiles involved in the connection showing the relationship between the two profiles. This could be a census record listing a family, a marriage record, a death record listing the spouse and/or parents, a birth record listing the parents, or any source which demonstrates that the two profiles should be connected to one another. Your source needs to be cited as closely to the style recommended on our Sources help page as possible to count towards your tally.
  5. If you are adding a new profile, it is a good idea to add a second, independent source for that profile. (For example, if you add a spouse because of a marriage record, then look for a birth or death record for the spouse you're adding.) (Note: The reason for this rule isn't to discourage you from adding people. But as you have probably already learned, even official documents frequently misspell names, so adding an independent confirmation of the name helps to save other researchers time in trying to find records that don't exist, because the person's real name was not the same as showed up in the linking document.)
  6. The tally is of branches/unconnected profiles connected to the WikiTree tree, not sources or profiles added. That said, if you can add a number of sources to a profile, all the better, and sometimes a connection will take a number of profiles to get added. Every one is different, and each one makes our tree better. 
  7. If either or both profiles you connect did not have good sources before and were already on WikiTree, then you can also count those sources towards the Sourcerers Challenge.
  8. All participants who do not already have a Connectors Project badge, will get one. Winners each month-the person with the most connections made to the tree-will get the Connection Challenge Winner badge, and the Top Connector each month with get a spiffy template to wear on their profile page. Stats will be kept on the Connectors Challenge page, just like we do for the Sourcerers Challenge.           

Ask questions in the comments section here. Thank you! 

 Follow your standings in the Connector Tracker.

WikiTree profile: Space:Connectors_Challenge

asked in Requests for Project Volunteers by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (166k points)

19 Answers

+6 votes
Count me in
answered by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Mach 6 (60.6k points)
+7 votes

I guess you can count me in since I got the baton passed off to me to try and connect Lynn Joseph Frazier. One question though since it’s the tracker do we do it after every person or after we see the global connections.

1. Lois Brackett (Hoar) Frazier Hoar-684 connected to Joseph J (Hoar) Nile Hoar-92

answered by Amanda Frank G2G6 Mach 4 (45.6k points)
edited by Amanda Frank
Use the tracker after you make the connection, not after ther system shows the connection.
Okay. Now one more question, how do you know you made that connection without seeing it on the profile? I’ve never tried to connect somebody before and it originally took me awhile to get connected and then one day I checked to see if I was related to one of the weeks 100 steps and I was connected. I’ve been to every 100 person since.
The idea is to add a person as the parent, sibling, or spouse of a person that is already connected. You might have to fill in several people between your unconnected and a connected profile. the best way is to start at the connected person and work to the unconnected. No matter how many people you add, you only get 1 connection.
I understand the 1 connection credit part which is what caused the original confusion on how it would work with the tracker. And since in my case where my only game plan is finding more sources and adding more family members it’s going to be hoping I can that other profile and in this case remember to look at the very bottom of the profile, lol.

I may have made a mistake Bob and I couldn’t fix it because the tracker decided to hate me and not load at all. What happened was that I found an existing profile for the father I was adding that was connected but when I chose the option to use that instead it just added him and didn’t give me an option for the tracker. I tried to do a quick fix by adding the 1870 census to her bio and saving it to bring it up but then the tracker decided it wouldn’t load for me. sad


Edit your answer and add the connection, with a number, and show both ID’s. I’ll pick it up when I tally this challenge.

Thank you
+5 votes

I'll play along. Count me, please.  

All the best,
answered by Janet Spivey G2G6 Mach 2 (22.2k points)
+4 votes
I'll participate again this month. Will I get a Connectors badge at some point since I participated last month?
answered by Liat Boucher G2G4 (4.6k points)
Yes, you wil.
+6 votes
I'll have a go - but I really have no idea where to start.
answered by Peter Cameron G2G6 Mach 1 (11.4k points)

Peter, there are a few 'Getting Started' ideas on the Team England Connectors page, that you might find useful. Maybe try some location connecting in Lancashire as it's an area that you are familiar with. If you need any help, then do please get in touch. 

Thanks Carol, that's brilliant, I managed to miss that page somehow. I was hoping to work on my Kinghorn ONS in Northumberland / Berwickshire and it seemed like stumbling in the dark, without a system.
+2 votes
One of the profiles that come up as unconnected is an infant with both parents listed, and a DOD. Is there a way to prevent this profile from coming up again as unconnected?
answered by Peter Geary G2G6 Mach 2 (29k points)
Peter, What is the WT ID for that profile?


My error. The mother is missing. I'll fix that and update.
+2 votes
I'm in this month!
answered by Kristina Gallant G2G1 (1.2k points)
+2 votes
I would like to give this a try if I can figure out how have my connections show up on the connector tracker. Is this automatic somehow?
answered by David Alwin G2G1 (1.2k points)
After you edit to make the connection, you have to select the Tracker button above the Saved banner. On the Tracker page, you have to select the Challenge, fill in the comment, and hit Add action.
+2 votes
My watch list has 465 profiles, including me. Not one is connected to the main tree.  I will give this a try!
answered by Lindis Elliott G2G3 (3.7k points)
+2 votes
Count me in; I'd like to try this challenge.
answered by Judy Bramlage G2G6 Mach 3 (39.9k points)
+2 votes
tracker keeps timing out for me
answered by Casey Howard G2G Rookie (260 points)
+2 votes
I'll see if I can do a few of these!
answered by Tara Wildes G2G4 (4.4k points)
+3 votes
Hi - I'd like to take part in the Connectors Challenge this month. Thanks

answered by Corina Seal G2G2 (2.3k points)
+3 votes
Count me in. Connecting has become my new favorite obsession!
answered by Frances Weidman G2G2 (2.9k points)
+2 votes
I am willing to join this, hope I can help though
answered by Pat Kelynack G2G6 Mach 4 (40.4k points)
+2 votes
I was sure I had thrown my name in the hat here, but apparently, I didn't. Now I need to look for an old challenge I entered after the fact. Count me in.
answered by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (621k points)
+1 vote
I'll give it a try this month.
answered by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (175k points)
+1 vote
I'm in Sourcerers for the first time and this fits right in, so I'll give it a try.
answered by Jennifer Lapham G2G4 (4.7k points)
I just connected Barker-5395 to her father Barker-227 but I was not offered a way to report it on the challenge tracker. Did I miss a step?
+1 vote
I'm going to participate in this challenge for the first time.
answered by Sara Buntyn G2G Crew (390 points)

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