Saturday Sourcing Sprint! (26 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," "," "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 (209k 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: National Library of Australia Digital Archive (TROVE)

I recently helped a member find an alternate source for a Death Notice in the digital archive of the National Library of Australia, more commonly called TROVE. They have digitized and indexed more than one-thousand titles. The Advanced Search screen provides many options for narrowing the results in case the names you are searching for make it difficult (think Smith, Wood, Swan, etc).

A citation for a Death Notice found at TROVE would look something like this (remove bold items):

  • "WHO: Kerr, James Hamilton (When: 8 June)," Where (Paper name/location): ''The Argus'' (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 19 June 1920, [ p. 13], col. 3, item 1, What: death notice; Where Found: digital images, National Library of Australia, ''Trove'' ( : 25 January 2019).[Abstract: age 23, accidentally killed, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Kerr of Port Melbourne, brother of Peter, Thomas, Alexander, William (deceased), Bertie, Floria (Mrs. Bull?), Henrietta.]

The abstract is not necessary because this record does not require a paid subscription. It can, however, save you and others time when looking for clues. 

Always review the original if you can for items which were not included. In this case, I did not include the home address of the parents (clues for distinguishing between two people of the same name), nor the notation that he was privately interred.

9 Answers

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Best answer
Count me in again.
answered by Sarah Black G2G6 Mach 1 (10.4k points)
selected by Debi Hoag
Welcome back, Sarah. Happy Sourcing!
Congrats, Sarah, on sourcing the most this week.
+4 votes
I will participate again.
answered by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Mach 6 (69.2k points)
Thanks, Gurney. Good luck!
+4 votes
I'll do some with the tracker
answered by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 3 (33.4k points)
Good luck, Kyla. Thanks!
+5 votes
Ready, set, Saturday Sourcing Sprint, go!
answered by Louise Halpin G2G6 Mach 3 (31.9k points)
Good luck, Louise. Thanks!
+2 votes
I'll kill off a few from the Lincolnshire unsourced list...

answered by Stephen Trueblood G2G6 Mach 1 (10.7k points)
Thanks, Stephen. Good Luck!
Someone has to represent my web-footed fen-dwelling ancestors...
LOL and they are blessed to have a champion in you.
+3 votes
I've sourced a few Aussie profiles today :)

Also, Trove is one of the most addictive places for Australian geneaologists on the's a very deep black hole that easily steals hours of your time when you weren't intending it!
answered by Jessica Manners G2G6 Mach 1 (16.6k points)
Thanks, Jessica. Good Luck!

I've loved the few times I worked with the Trove databases. I need to remember to do it  more, even when I'm not looking for people from Australia. I keep forgetting that they have digitized papers from all over the world. How was the citation? Look like what you would have used?
It's more detailed than I tend to use. I always adapt the MLA citation given at Trove itself - to get that, when looking at an article click on the 'i' tab on the top left of the page. There you will find lots of citation styles, links, and the ability to download the citation into Endnote etc. It's very handy :)
LOL I used to use the simpler style of citations until that one time when I had to search a page to find the article that I had cited. It was a page much like that one I linked above and I wanted to review it to see if it had any more information. I had cited it as the source for an estimated death date on a parent's profile because the Death notice said "was predeceased by her parents." The problem was, the couple had six daughters that had married and I hadn't noted who had died. I had to do a separate search for each married surname. That's when I started including who the item was about and where on the page it was located.
+1 vote
I'm in, using Tracker
answered by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (612k points)
Good luck, Chris. Thanks!
+2 votes
Snowy day.  Should be able to find a few sources.
answered by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 2 (27.7k points)
Stay warm, Beverly, and Thanks!
+2 votes
Finally I have a Saturday where I didn't sleep all day! I'll use the tracker.
answered by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (288k points)
Good morning, Bright Eyes. Good luck this week, Lucy!

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