Saturday Sourcing Sprint (29 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 (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: Drouin Collection at Ancestry

The Drouin Collection is a massive microfilm collection started in the 1940s by the Institut Généalogique Drouin which contains records pertaining to French Canadian Birth, Marriage, and Death. It is available at Ancestry and the Institut Généalogique, both of which are subscription websites. If you have ancestors in Canada, the databases can be well worth the money. 

But how do you know? Ancestry will let you search for free. The results are not enough to remove the Unsourced Template but they can provide clues to the value of a subscription or for later researchers who have access.

A Research Note for the Drouin Index would look like this:

  • Index records for Marcelline Gauvin were found in the Drouin Index at Ancestry. By hovering over "View Record" links with the mouse, additional data appears showing that Dosite Richard is also sometimes mentioned. It is unclear to what these records pertain. Access is needed to for further research:
    • ''Ancestry'', index database, "Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1757-1946" ( : accessed 28 December 2018), record for Marcelline Gauvin and Dosite Richard, Acadie (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick)

If a person were a member of Ancestry with access to the Drouin databases and images, they could determine that at leasat one of the records is for the marriage of Marcelline Gauvin and Dosite Richard. The citation for that record could be designed as follows:

  • ''Ancestry'', database with images, "Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1757-1946" ( : accessed 28 December 2018), S > St-Anselme > 1866-1898 > image 1 of 197 "Register of Baptisms & Marriages for the Parish of St Anselme of Peticodiac 1866-1898"; image 6 of 197, pg 6, record M13 for marriage of Marcelline Gauvin and Dosite Richard, 12 Nov 1866; Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin.

Note that I cited two images, the first from the title page of the register; the second, from the page on which the marriage appears. Ancestry's database descriptions and breadcrumbs can be used to find the record in their databases. Providing the name of the register may help someone who has access to the Institut Généalogique databases.

5 Answers

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Hi there,

Last Saturday Sourcing Spring for 2018!  Where is the time going?  Never mind, I know the answer...count me in for tomorrow!

answered by Janine Barber G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
Thanks, Janine, and good luck. They say time flies when we're having fun ... that means we're having more fun as we get older, right?
+1 vote
Sign me up please
answered by Skip Magyar G2G6 (9.6k points)
Got you, Skip. Good luck this final Saturday of 2018!
+1 vote
Wow last Saturday of 2018!

Please count me in for a few!
answered by Louise Halpin G2G6 Mach 2 (28.6k points)
Counting on counting you in, Louise LOL gettimg slap happy, i better head for bed.
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I will be participating again for the last Saturday for 2018.
answered by Sarah Black G2G6 (10k points)
Great, Sarah, thanks. Good luck
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Count me in.
answered by Tina Chase G2G6 (9.3k points)
You're counted, Tina. Good luck!

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