Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (1 December 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," "Geni.com," "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 (210k 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: New England Historical and Genealogical Register

I ran across a profile with the following source. It is a good source be itself with plenty of detail to help another researcher find the information:

  • New England Historical and Genealogy Society, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, v. 40 pg 208.

I would like to have seen a little more information though. For instance, the title of the article and a note about what evidence was being used from that source.

  • New England Historical and Genealogy Society, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, v. 40 pg 208, item 2, "Notes and Queries - Facts gathered from the Town Record of Norwich Ct." [Identifies Hannah's father's name, her marriage date, husband's name and his father's name, and the names and birth dates of their 11 children.]

One other nicety would have been a link to the Space page which has been created for the NEHG Register. A lot of work has been put in to that page which includes direct links to images of the various issues at Archive.org. To add that link, the Wiki code would look like this:

  • New England Historical and Genealogy Society, [https:// www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:NEHGR New England Historical and Genealogical Register], v. 40 pg 208, item 2, "Notes and Queries - Facts gathered from the Town Record of Norwich Ct." [Identifies Hannah's father's name, her marriage date, husband's name and his father's name, and the names and birth dates of their 11 children.]

and would look like this in use:

  • New England Historical and Genealogy Society, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, v. 40 pg 208, item 2, "Notes and Queries - Facts gathered from the Town Record of Norwich Ct." [Identifies Hannah's father's name, her marriage date, husband's name and his father's name, and the names and birth dates of their 11 children.]

By the way, I've finally updated the tracking sheet and awarded all the stickers. Just a couple of stats that I found and was so impressed with you all:

Sprint Stats
2017 total 2018 so far Monthly avg
10551 11591 1054
We have already surpassed the 2017 total and averaging more than a thousand per month. Based on that, it is possible that we could break 13,000 for 2018!
 Way to go, Sprinters!!!!
Great information , thanks.  I will be helping in the sprint tomorrow.
Count me in again this week
Good to see you both, Sarah and Katie. Good luck sourcing.

By the way, if you interested in winning the weekly sticker, please click answer and add a reply. I can't add a star to comments.

Definitely interested in winning the weekly sticker. smiley

Sarah, scroll up or do a search for the "answer" link. Click that and add your own answer.

Sorry I thought I had added it as an answer. Have now done so.

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Count me in again this week.
answered by Sarah Black G2G6 Mach 1 (10.4k points)
selected by Debi Hoag
There you are. Thanks, Sara! Good luck
Congratulations, Sarah, on sourcing the most profiles in this weekend's Sprint. Way to go!
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I have decided to do an audit of my watchlist...I didn't realise that I had adopted random profiles with the intention to source them and got distracted and forgot about them. Even some of my own profiles have slipped through the net (it's a bit embarrassing as a sourcerer to find your own profiles are in need laugh)

answered by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (107k points)
I have quite a few in need of updating Michelle because I imported a large GEDCOM. Some are no longer connected to my family after further research but may eventually get reconnected.
I'm doing the same as I have a bunch that were anecdotally sourced and are in dire need of more legitimate sources.
I was so glad to see your post as I have done the same thing! Always nice to know I'm not the only one!
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I'm in for this Saturday.
answered by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (210k points)
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I'll do some with the tracker
answered by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 3 (33.4k points)
Great, Kyla. Good luck.
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I'm Going to be Sourcing this weekend
answered by Katie Sell G2G3 (3.4k points)
Great! Thanks Katie.
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Looks like I might be able to do a few today :)
answered by R Teschner G2G6 Mach 2 (20k points)
Thanks, R. Good luck!
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Celebrating my two daughter's December Birthdays today, but I'll do what I can.
answered by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 2 (27.8k points)
Beverly, we always love having you join us but the living are much more important than those who have already gone. Enjoy your daughters' day and tell them "Happy Birthcake!" from a random internet stranger *grin*
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I am in for a few today.

Exciting to see the updated stats, I'm sure that helps make everyone feel good about doing these challenges!
answered by Louise Halpin G2G6 Mach 3 (31.9k points)
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I will do some today - PT zone
answered by David Dodd G2G3 (3.5k points)
+1 vote
New at this, but thought I'd give it a try.
answered by Julie Yilek G2G1 (1.5k points)
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Greetings!  I'd like to participate and register for Saturday Sourcing Sprints.  As per instructions my Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) zone here, wasn't quite sure what you mean by that, according to Wiki, it's about 05:40 tomorrow (06 December 2018).  Is GMT the same as Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)?  The time I have is 9:48 PM 05 December 2018.  (California)

I plan to add sources.  I noticed profiles sourced with Find A Grave links, do not always go directly to that persons memorial.  I plan to correct and fix links to include Find A Grave memorial I.D.'s.  

HappHoliday's SeasonGreetings!

answered by Paula Reinke G2G6 Mach 4 (42.9k points)
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I plan to add sources. I live Sydney, Australia.
answered by Julie Rourke G2G4 (4.9k points)

Thanks, Julie. I have just posted the 8 Dec thread. Would you add an answer there so that I can keep track easier. Thanks!

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