Sourcerers Challenge - March 2019

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Hello, Sourcerers! It is time to start sourcing! Prior month stats will be posted soon.

IMPORTANT NOTEPlease click the "answer" link (not the comment link) to let us know that you are participating this month. You can use the tracker or list the profiles you source in a comment on your answer. Either one is perfectly fine : )  

                 

To participate:

Remember, your sources need to be as full and specific as possible, so others find them useful. That means, if the source is online, you should link to it. If it is a page from a book, the page number should be included so others can easily see where you found the reference. 

When you can, it is great to do a bit more while adding sources, like clean up the gedcom leftovers or help the formatting from older profiles. Sources are important, but if you cannot find them among all the other stuff, they are not helping as much as they could.

On to the monthly challenge:

You only need to answer this month's post once. If you opt to use the Tracker you are good to go.  If you opt to  add your sourced profiles, add a comment to your answer with the required details. If you exceed the character limit add another comment.  Please number your contributions. Obviously, the Tracker is faster and less work for everyone.  If you have a problem with the Tracker let us know by posting a comment to the thread. 

USING THE TRACKER

After you save an edit, a green banner appears at the top of the page. In the banner is a black “button” labeled Challenge Tracker. Press that and, on the page that comes up, select Sourcerers challenge and the appropriate comment (or fill in your own if none of the canned answers fit what you did). Hit Add Action and you are finished. The Tracker tracks the number of profiles you add sources to. You can see the results in the current month's Tracker at:

http://wikitree.sdms.si/Challenges/SourcerersChallenge/Default.htm  just select the most current date.  

* All profiles improved must come from the Unsourced categories or be already present on WikiTree and unsourced - you cannot create new profiles and add sources just to up your tally. The hope and goal is to improve the profiles already on WikiTree that need sources. Adding sources will also help merges happen, which will improve our tree. Showing folks what sources you are using helps newer researchers see just what is available out there for us to access. Another great source of unsourced profiles is to check out orphaned profiles.

* The tally is of profiles improved, not sources added. That said, if you can add a number of sources to a profile, all the better.

*If you attempt to add sources to a profile and cannot find any, please add a note under a == Research Notes == section (add the section if it is not there) giving where you tried to find records and sign it with the four tildes (~~~~) so the date is applied as well. Something like "Looked for John in the US Census records for 1900-1940 and could not find him on FamilySearch or Ancestry" would be fine. Or, "Searched google for an obituary and did not find one." That way the next researcher knows where to start. Do not remove the Unsourced Template and do not use the tracker to count in your tally.

*  If the only source is a link to a profile, a search results page from another genealogy website, the words "Ancestry tree," "Geni.com," "Pedigree Resource Files" from FamilySearch, or the like, adding a better source will be a valid update for the Sourcerers' Challenge. If you add better sources to the profiles, use the Challenge Tracker to include it in your tally.

* If you find a match and can merge a profile into an already sourced profile, that counts too. You found a source, plus you eliminated a duplicate. Awesome!

The Monthly Challenge runs from midnight the first day of your month and ends at 11:59 the last day of the month. The current Current Challenge Tracker Results Page :http://wikitree.sdms.si/Challenges/SourcerersChallenge/20190301/User.htm has up the minute stats for those of you using the Challenge Tracker. Ask any questions here in the thread, otherwise, SOURCE! 

IMPORTANT NOTEPlease click the "answer" link (not the comment link) to let us know that you are participating this month. You can use the tracker or list the profiles you source in a comment on your answer. Either one is perfectly fine : )  

See this thread for the proposed changes https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/797329/ 

WikiTree profile: Laura Bozzay
asked in The Tree House by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (492k points)
edited by Debi Hoag
What does it mean by “number your contributions?”  I’ve just been using the tracker and hitting save.
What you are doing with the tracker is correct and preferred method.  From time to time we have members who can't get the tracker to appear so we allow for someone to list what they did on their answer thread while we try to work with them to fix the problem
Thanks, Laura!
I'm sure I'm asking a stupid question, but when I look at the stats for the Sorcerer's challenge it shows people in teams with captains.  Do you find out what team you were on after the challenge is over? I'm not sure I understand it all.  I've been working diligently and recording it when I add sources and improve the profile, etc.  I'm pretty sure i'm not going to be one of those with thousands of points.  I usually add as many sources as I can find then clean up the profile as best I can.
This is the link to March.  I will check the thread.  

http://wikitree.sdms.si/Challenges/SourcerersChallenge/20190301/User.htm

This is a link to this month and earlier time periods.  The most current is at the bottom of the list

http://wikitree.sdms.si/Challenges/SourcerersChallenge/Default.htm
Vicki the link in the announcement section takes you to the user view. At the top of the sheet you can select another view so maybe your finger strayed?  No idea why you are seeing the team view but you can also select User at the top and it will change the view. I just checked the link and it does take you to the User view.
Thank you, Laura!

@ Laura .. .. In another thread you posted: 

If you see an issue with Sourcerers Challenge please post on the Monthly Challenge thread because then we get an email and know to find your post.  I just happened to see this in G2G

answered 1 hour ago by Laura Bozzay

.

Does this mean that every time it refuses to track I should post here?  (I'd rather just keep adding sources while I'm "on a roll", so to speak.)

Hi Melanie,  Anytime you want help with the tracker for a Sourcerers Challenge if you post to the Monthly Challenge for that month we get an email and can check it out and if needed notify Ales.  It is up to you if you want to report it or not.  But if you want the work counted it is best to let us know.  Alternately you can post the profile idea in your part of the Monthly Challenge thread but that really is a whole lot more work than using a working tracker.

I have been using the tracker.  I'm just posting here because you posted in that other thread.

There have been times when the tracker stopped working, refusing to load at all.  SO I go on and do other profiles and try again later.

Plus it's not updating, so I have no idea if I'm doing well or not.  (I do not expect to get anywhere close to the top few because I take way too much time investigating and trying to get at least two of the "big three" (BMD).  Still, that's not why I started doing this.  I just wanted to do something outside my own twiglets for a change.)

I can go back and check all my contributions for profiles where I added sources, just to see if it matches what the tracker shows, when it eventually updates.

89 Answers

+13 votes
First! Lol

Count me in!
answered by Alex Stronach G2G6 Mach 7 (79.7k points)
Ok you are counted   Thanks and good luck
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I'll do some with the tracker
answered by Kyla H G2G6 Mach 3 (33.4k points)
Thanks and good luck
+13 votes
Will continue sourcing and use tracker :)
answered by Fred Blair G2G6 Mach 1 (12.5k points)
Thanks and good luck
+12 votes
I'm in again this month
answered by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (209k points)
Thanks and good luck
+12 votes
Sign me up
answered by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Mach 6 (69.2k points)
Thanks and good luck
+12 votes
Although I might have much time to work on this, I will try to do a couple.
answered by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (199k points)
Thanks and good luck
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I am in for this month and I will list it here. It seems I cannot use the tracker it takes so long for it to come up it times out and says it can't reach the page for the tracker for me.This is my problem:

This is what I get every time for chrome, google, internet explorer, and Microsoft edge too.

This site can’t be reached

wikitree.sdms.si took too long to respond.

I have the same thing since I moved and it started when I got a new email address I think it started at the end of December or first of January of this year and I get all the time when I try to use the tracker. I cannot even get a list of what needs to be corrected even the list of errors even.
answered by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (292k points)
edited by Linda Barnett
Ok thanks and good luck
+12 votes
Count me in for March
answered by Kevin Sweet G2G6 (6.5k points)
Thanks and good luck
+12 votes
I am not sure why - but here we go! Happy Day - Hans
answered by Hans Hofmann G2G6 Mach 2 (24.5k points)
Thanks and good luck!
+11 votes
I’m in for this month.
answered by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (171k points)
Thanks and good luck
+12 votes
I'm in again - I'll keep chipping away at the unsourced Australian profiles.
answered by Jessica Manners G2G6 Mach 1 (16.6k points)
Thanks and good luck
+9 votes
Back again for another month (using the tracker).
answered by John Elkin G2G6 Mach 5 (58.1k points)
Thanks and good luck
+11 votes
I am in!  Started late last month, and don't think I entered the contest correctly, but I got this this month!
answered by Liz Parker G2G6 Mach 1 (20k points)
Thanks and good luck and you are showing up with a count of 40 on the tracker for February so you did something right!  

If you did not register on the Feb thread and don't already have a badge you can still register there tonight.  That url is

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/762760/sourcerers-challenge-february-2019
+10 votes
I'll help source in March, using the tracker.
answered by E. Compton G2G6 Pilot (113k points)
Thanks and good luck
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I do some work on Lincolnshire unsourced this month.
answered by Stephen Trueblood G2G6 (9.9k points)
Thanks and good luck
+10 votes
Hi, Im in for March and will use the tracker.

Thx
answered by Susan de Bruyn G2G6 Mach 3 (30.9k points)
Thanks and good luck
+10 votes
I'm in again - using the tracker.
answered by Peter Cameron G2G6 Mach 1 (15.8k points)
Thanks and good luck
+10 votes
Let hope the internet holds:-) Using Tracker.
answered by Ronel Olivier G2G6 Mach 5 (50.3k points)
Thanks and good luck
+10 votes
Count me in this month. I have been collecting sources this last month and need to clean up my own database for sources too.
answered by Judy Bramlage G2G6 Mach 5 (54.4k points)
Thanks and good luck
+9 votes
Can't promise much, but I'll continue to try to add sources when I have the opportunity.
answered by Barbara Geisler G2G2 (2.7k points)
Thanks and good luck

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