Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (19 January 2019)

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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 (202k points)
In case you didn't see the thread or the WikiTree Family News, we accomplished a lot this year.

Fifty-six Sprinters registered for the weekly challenges in 2018 and improved 11,659 profiles with another 2,157 profiles worked on by WikiTree members who didn't register for a weekly challenge.

Thanks for everything you all do ... Sprinters are Awesome!

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.

Why and What to Source

We add sources so that we can resolve discrepancies, identify relationships, and discover more about our ancestors. The key ingredients of a good source is to let the reader know Who, What, Where, When, and Where Found.

  • Who - the names as found in the record. Don't correct or standardize the names; instead, add [sic] after obvious misspellings.
  • What - the type of document or event. If citing a document, use the name as found on the document (e.g., Certificate of Death no 23, Death Certificate no 32, Application for Marriage License no 31384, etc.). Other things you might cite are Interviews, ephemera (identify the item), Bibles, etc.
  • Where - the location where the event occurred. Use as much information as is known, including country.
  • When - the date of the event, interview, etc
  • Where Found - the website, collection, or archive in which the information was discovered. This might be an online database (include the website and database name), an archive (include the archive and collection names as well as the location), a personal collection (include how the item was acquired and the current location), etc.
In practice, the citation will look something like this (all made up):
  • WHO: Tom Jones and Mary Smith, WHAT: Marriage Certificate, WHERE: Montigua County, Virginia, USA, WHEN: 30 February 1813; WHERE FOUND: inherited by Janna Rosnoski from her maternal grandmother Mary Sue Jones in 1912, personal collection of Janna Rosnoski, Wingboro, Tyrone County, Pennsylvania, USA
That Is not a perfectly formatted citation according to Ms. Mills' ''Evidence Explained''. It is, however, completely functional.and provides all the information needed for someone else to find records and confirm relationships. 

12 Answers

+6 votes
I will get a few more this weekend.  Count me in.
answered by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Mach 6 (64.9k points)
Great! Thanks, Gurney.
+5 votes
We are supposed to be getting snow, so I shall stay in comfy and cozy with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows, and work on some sources!
answered by Louise Halpin G2G6 Mach 2 (27.8k points)
Sounds better than my reason, Louise. We're quarantined til Monday 'cause my husband is being treated for the flu LOL Good luck this weekend!
+5 votes
I'll try to do some with the tracker.
answered by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 3 (32.9k points)
Thanks, Kyla. Good Luck!
+5 votes

I'm supposed to be out weeding the garden, but I'll do this instead wink

answered by Jessica Manners G2G6 Mach 1 (15.6k points)
LOL Much of the US is jealous of your ability to weed at this time of year, J.

Thanks for sourcing with us instead. Good Luck!
+4 votes
Count me in again.
answered by Sarah Black G2G6 (10k points)
Good Luck, Sarah! Thanks
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I will be after those Knox county Indiana records and Indiana in general in the 1800s.


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answered by Anonymous Crewe G2G6 (7.6k points)
edited by Anonymous Crewe
Great, thanks! Indiana researchers will thank you.
have to sleep
you can see I am sometimes a night owl and up until the wee hours New England time. However I am back at it now.
hope you rested well. Since you are using the tracker, you don't have to post the WikiIDs here, though I enjoyed taking a look at them. Really nice work.
thank you, I am poky but thorough. I am a tortoise, not a hare. My partner is the hare in the family and I will leave him to it.
+5 votes
Normally I would, but it’s my wife’s birthday... I would be doomed if I spent her day on the computer working on Wikitree stuff. Maybe next time.
answered by Alex Stronach G2G6 Mach 6 (64.8k points)
Real life, and wives in particular, should always come first. Go help her enjoy her birthday. We'll be here next week!
wise man!
+3 votes
I'll do a few.
answered by Karen Lorenz G2G6 Mach 3 (32.7k points)
Thanks, Karen. Good Luck!
+3 votes
Hi, Debi. I'll do a few.
answered by Steven Bohlen G2G5 (5.1k points)
Thanks, Steven. Good Luck!
+3 votes
Count me in for today!
answered by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (497k points)
Good to see you, Star. Good Luck!
+3 votes
I've got a busy weekend, but I am squeezing in a few. I'm sure I won't win, but at least I may be able to contribute a bit.
answered by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 1 (10.7k points)
Thanks, Alicia. Every one brings us closer to the goal of the Best Sourced world wide WikiTree.
+2 votes
I am in for this.
answered by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (279k points)
Thanks, Linda. Good Luck!

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