Sourcerers' Challenge (June 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) if this is your first month or if you can't use the Challenge Tracker. 


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 if you are new to the Sourcerers' Challenge. If you opt to use the Tracker you are good to go.  If you opt to add your sourced profiles, add an 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. 


You can add sources to any profile. The tracker should only be used when the profile meets the Monthly Challenge definition of Unsourced.

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 for any monthly challenge using this link. The current month is at the bottom

All profiles improved must come from the Unsourced categories or be already present on WikiTree and unsourced. Orphaned profiles are another great place to look for unsourced profiles. The hope and goal is to improve the profiles already on WikiTree that do not have 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.

  • Only track improvements to profiles that were created more than a week ago.
  • Only track improvements to profiles that do not have sources. 
  • If the only source is a link to a profile, a search results page from another geneathprofileslogy website, the words "Ancestry tree," "," "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 profiles like this, use the Challenge Tracker to include it in your tally.
  • 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 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 has up the minute stats for those of you using the Challenge Tracker.

Ask any questions here in the thread, otherwise, SOURCE! 

See this thread for info on milestones 

in The Tree House by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (304k points)
edited by Debi Hoag
Count me in. Not my first month, and I'll use the tracker.
thanks, Kay. Have fun
Sign me up please :)

Congratulations to Philip Smith! He is the registered Sourcerer with the highest improved profile count in June.

26 Answers

+13 votes
Sign me up for another month
by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Pilot (183k points)
Thanks, Gurney. Good luck!
+13 votes
First time I have done this but I’ll give it a go.
by Ginger Lawton G2G6 Mach 1 (16.4k points)
Welcome to the Sourcerers' Challenge, Ginger. Let us know in a comment here if you have any questions. Good luck!
+14 votes
I'm in for June
by Fred Adamson G2G6 Pilot (126k points)
Thanks, Fred. Good luck!
+14 votes
I’m in this month!
by Alex Stronach G2G6 Pilot (307k points)
Thanks, Alex. Have fun!
+11 votes
Debi, The challenge link is down again.
by Vicki Kennedy G2G3 (3.5k points)
Thanks, Vicki. I sent a message to Ales as soon as I saw your message so hopefully it wasn't down too long. I just verified and it is up now.
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Debi, I guess I was mistaken.  I thought I read that once you did a Sorcerers' Challenge that you didn't need to sign up every month that you could automatically do it.  Was I wrong? If so please sign me up again for June.  Hope you saw my message about the challenge tracker being down.
by Vicki Kennedy G2G3 (3.5k points)
you're correct, Vicki, you don't have to register each month any more. I did see your message and alerted Ales Right away. Thanks for sending it. You can do it like you did or as a comment to the first post. I'll get alerted either way.
+11 votes
Count me in for another month.

by Barbara Geisler G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
Thanks, Barbara. Have fun!
+11 votes
Add me to the list for June Please!
by Pam Dale G2G6 Mach 5 (58.3k points)
Thanks, Pam. Have fun!
+11 votes
This will be my first time.

Please sign me up.
by MaryAnn Thomas G2G6 Mach 2 (25.0k points)
Welcome to the Sourcerers' Challenge, MaryAnn. Let us know in a comment here if you have any questions. Good luck and have fun!
+11 votes
Hi,  Count me in, I'll use the tracker.

by Janine Barber G2G6 Pilot (172k points)

​​​​​Thanks, Janine. Have fun!

+9 votes
Count me in, I've done a couple already this morning :) Using the tracker.
by Rakelle Teschner G2G6 Mach 3 (34.0k points)
Thanks, R. Have fun!
+8 votes
i'm again for this month
by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (437k points)
Thanks, Dean. Good luck and have fun!
+7 votes
I'm in again.
by Beverly Ahrens G2G6 Mach 6 (61.0k points)
Thanks, Beverly. Have fun!
+7 votes
OK sourcerers challenge sounds like me. Will use tracker.
by Rosetta Link G2G6 Mach 1 (12.4k points)
Thanks, Rosetta. Have fun!
+7 votes
I will do what I can again this month.
by Sharon Glover G2G6 (8.9k points)
Thanks, Sharon. Have fun!
+6 votes
I am in for this month
by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
Thanks, Linda.
+6 votes
I am having trouble with the links, esp. the unsourced list and the orphaned list
by MaryAnn Thomas G2G6 Mach 2 (25.0k points)
Hi MaryAnn. I've checked several ways to get to the unconnected and unsourced profile lists. Everything seems to be working now. Would you check and let me know if things are working. If not, will you let me know the link that doesn't work.

The challenge link gives me an HTTP404 Error

 The Unsourced link is spinning with no response

The orphaned source link is working right now

Thanks for your help :-)

I've fixed the challenge link in the original post. The Unsourced and Orphaned links are running slower than normal for me too but both displayed the page eventually.

I like to work particular surnames, so I usually go to the unconnected and orphaned links from the Surname Genealogy page. For instance:

The surname is always in caps and one exists for every surname in use at WikiTree. At the top of the Surname Genealogy page are a bunch of links including both orphaned and unsourced for just that surname. 

+5 votes
I'm in for another month.
by John Elkin G2G6 Mach 7 (73.6k points)
Thanks, John. Have fun!
+6 votes

I'm in for June

by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (539k points)
Thanks, Star. Have fun!
+6 votes
I would like to give it a go, please sign me up!
by Kathi Ware G2G Crew (380 points)
Welcome to the June Sourcerers' Challenge, Kathi. I hope you have fun. Let us know if you have any questions.

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