Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (8 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," "," "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: Government Civil Registration Databases

Government registration of births, marriages, and deaths can be found in many places. Sometimes there are images of the actual documents; other times only an index is provided  The citations should provide enough detail to help the reader understand what was viewed. Examples:

  • ''NSW Government'' (https: // : accessed 7 December 2018), "Justice Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages," marriage database entry for John O'Neil and Sarah A Watkins, Waterloo [New South Wales, Australia], Registration no 7308/1900.
  • ScotlandsPeople (Https: // : accessed 4 Nov 2018), birth database entry for Alberth William Dick (age at death 81; Mother's Maiden: Proudfoot, Died 1993, Ref 350/849; RD Name Dundee).
  • ''Mecklenburg County [North Carolina, USA] Register of Deeds Web Access'' (http: // : accessed 8 December 2018), marriage database entry for Frank NMN McGee and Pattie Lee Biggers, 18 July 1934, License # Book-Page 000286.
  • Duval County (Florida, USA) Public Records (https: // : accessed 28 September 2017) > Book 7320, Page 1569, image 2, Florida Certificate of Death, Harry Ottis Dowling, 24 June 1988. Death Certificate and Affidavit recorded 30 April 1992 by Kent A Dowling, son of Harry Ottis Dowling, as part of the estate process for Ila H Dowling, widow of Harry O. Dowling.

13 Answers

+2 votes
Best answer
Please count me in again
answered by Sarah Black G2G6 Mach 1 (10.4k points)
selected by Debi Hoag
Thanks, Sarah. Good luck!
Congratulations, Sarah! Thanks for improving 287 profiles last weekend.
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I'm in for a few, I haven't done one for a while.
answered by Peter Cameron G2G6 Mach 1 (15.9k points)
Thanks, Peter. Good luck!
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I will probably get something done. Looking forward to see what Citation tip you have this week.
answered by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Mach 4 (45k points)
Thanks, Hilary. It took me a while but the tip is finally there.
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I'll try to do some with the tracker
answered by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 3 (33.4k points)
Great. Thanks, Kyla.
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I'll try to do a few...
answered by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (107k points)
Thanks, Michelle. Good luck!
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I added several sources already, but missed tagging them for the sourcing sprint. Adding a few more - probably won't place, but am still participating.
answered by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 1 (15.3k points)
It is not Saturday yet here in the UK we have another hour before I can start for this week.
Hi Alicia, thanks for joining us. As Hilary mentioned, the Sprints are for 24 hours whenever it is Saturday where you are. The Sprint shows up on the Tracker for more than 24 hours so that people all the way around the world get a chance to participate.
+2 votes
I will try this - my first SSS
answered by Rick San Soucie G2G6 Mach 2 (23.4k points)
Great to have you join us, Rick. Good luck and let us know if you have any questions.
What is the start and end window for this challenge?
12:01am  to 11:59pm on Saturday based on your own time zone.
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I am going to try and do a couple.
answered by Louise Halpin G2G6 Mach 3 (31.9k points)
Thanks, Louise. Good luck!
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I'll take on a few...been on a break but back now.
answered by Susan DeFoe G2G6 (6.9k points)
It's good to see you, Susan. Good luck!
+1 vote
I'll try a few.
answered by Peggy Moss G2G6 Mach 1 (11.9k points)
Thanks, Peggy. Good luck
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I will  work on some!
answered by Cheryl Hess G2G6 Pilot (206k points)
Good to see you, Cheryl. Good luck
Thank you Debi - thanks for the welcome!
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I almost completely forgot about the sprint. I guess we will see what I can do in 4 1/2hrs smiley

answered by Amanda Frank G2G6 Mach 4 (45.9k points)
I'm right there with you, Amanda. Finally settled down and trying to do some sourcing. Good luck!
I got stuck in some rabbit holes so I didn’t get as many as I wish I could have gotten done.
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I'll chip in!
answered by Shanna Leeland G2G6 Mach 1 (10.5k points)

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