Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (15 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 (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 Unindexed Images

FamilySearch is digitizing more records every day and making the images available for browsing. That part can be done rapidly because it's all based on technology. Unfortunately, those images often do not have an easily copied citation. I was working with one of those this morning and thought I would share the citation I created.

The first part of the citation is all about the image I was looking at:

  • Union County, North Carolina, Standard Certificate of Death no 187, Mrs. Lillie Genetta Thomas, 13 December 1938

Next, I created a link to the image so that anyone could review it:

  • Union County, North Carolina, [https:/ /www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9PL-Z9YW-7 Standard Certificate of Death no 187], Mrs. Lillie Genetta Thomas, 13 December 1938

The next thing to include is where anyone could find the record if it was no longer online. This information was found by clicking the information tab at the bottom, then clicking the link for the Catalog Record (I usually open it in a new tab). Review the page, looking for information about where the originals can be found, like this sentence "Microfilm of originals in the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh, North Carolina." The location information is what gets added:

  • Union County, North Carolina, [https:/ /www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9PL-Z9YW-7 Standard Certificate of Death no 187], Mrs. Lillie Genetta Thomas, 13 December 1938; North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

The last part is where I found the information. Since FamilySearch hadn't provided a citation, I had to create one using the same basic information that they usually provide:

  • Their business name with double quotes to italicize it
  • The kind of record
  • The name of their database
  • The link to that database and when I accessed it
  • The breadcrumbs to the specific record

All of that information gets added to end of what I had already created for a full citation:

  • Union County, North Carolina, [https:/ /www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9PL-Z9YW-7 Standard Certificate of Death no 187], Mrs. Lillie Genetta Thomas, 13 December 1938; North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; ''FamilySearch'', database with images, "Death certificates,1906-1994 and indexes 1906-1967; still births,1914-1953; fetal death indexes,1950-" (https ://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/63904 : accessed 15 December 2018) > Film # 004219380 "Death certificates file no. 2075-2076 1938" > image 629 of 891.

When that citation is saved on the profile, it will look like this:

  • Union County, North Carolina, Standard Certificate of Death no 187, Mrs. Lillie Genetta Thomas, 13 December 1938; North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; FamilySearch, database with images, "Death certificates,1906-1994 and indexes 1906-1967; still births,1914-1953; fetal death indexes,1950-" (https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/63904 : accessed 15 December 2018) > Film # 004219380 "Death certificates file no. 2075-2076 1938" > image 629 of 891.

3 Answers

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Best answer

Please count me in again.

answered by Sarah Black G2G6 (10k points)
selected by Debi Hoag
Will do, Sarah. Thanks for all you're doing for the health of WikiTree.
Way to go, Sarah. Thanks!
+1 vote
Was not going to sign up this week but just found a profile that needed sourcing whilst doing some cleaning up.
answered by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Mach 4 (43.5k points)
LOL we've got our hooks in you, you can't escape. It's great to have you join us, even if unintentionally.
+1 vote
I am in. I will join today, and a least do a few!!
answered by Carla Mascara G2G6 (6k points)
Hi Carla, long time no see. Thanks for joining us this weekend. Good luck!

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