Gulf Coast Hurricanes Team Chat - 2019 Connect-a-Thon

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 Gulf Coast Hurricanes 

Welcomes you to Team chat! 

Let's all work together to fill in those branches and grow our global tree in the new WikiTree Connect-a-Thon! This event will focus on adding profiles to fill out families -- siblings, spouses, and children that don't yet have a profile. The goal of this challenge is that by expanding our tree, everyone will have a better chance of finding and connecting to their ancestors!

This chat post is where we can prepare for the big event, which starts on July 12th, as well as communicate with each other and cheer each other on! To get started,

  1. See the Team page for registration information and more.
  2. Register on G2G to participate! Just ANSWER the question and mention the Gulf Coast Hurricanes!
  3. Come back here to introduce yourself, make comments, or ask questions!

It will be fun!

in The Tree House by Joyce Rivette G2G6 Mach 8 (83.1k points)
edited by Joyce Rivette
LOL all those years of working overtime til the wee hours of the morning gave me lots of practice! But I can't keep it up like I used to! Will probably shut down soon and try to get a few more in before it ends in the morning..

Ugh well I was up later than I planned. Thought I'd let y'all know that as of 2am we are in 15th place Woo hoo!! Got past the Cornbread Catchers! Only ahead by 6 points so it won't last LOL, but it felt good anyway! See y'all in the morning for the final push! laugh

WOW, Joyce, you got us up to 15th place all by yourself last night and we're still there!!  Amazing!!  Great work, everybody!!

I'm glad I set my alarm and added a few more this morning to keep us there! The last hour was a real Whirlwind -- or dare I say it -- Hurricane! laugh

Thank goodness Barry petered out, or you wouldn't be able to make that joke!cheeky But you, ma chérie, were a force majeure!! As always, it was a pleasure working with you!

Sorry I over slept this morning but I enjoyed working with y'all. After this I can see how many more profiles I need to add.  Joyce, Stephanie, Gigi, & Dana looking forward to next time.  Sorry I missed Kitty in our group.

It was awesome everyone thanks for participating, all the great work and congratulations from team Flying Dutchmen (and women) - Vliegende Hollanders  !

Enjoy some well deserved sleep or rest, have a wonderful week and hope to see you all again next thon ! laugh

Just want to let you know I'm sorry I couldn't join in this past weekend. My family had its annual reunion and I am one of the organizers of it. Congratulations to those who participated and a job well done!
Sounds like a great way to sneak in some one-on-one family research (recipes AND genealogy!) while keeping those connections strong! We did miss you, though, and hope you'll join us in the fall for the Source-a-thon!
Edie, we understand! I was just lucky that nothing else came up last weekend. I hope you had a great family reunion! We look forward to doing this again and hope you can join in next time!

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Hi y'all, I'm Steff, co-captain with Joyce. I'm from southeast Texas, but my mother was born in southwest Louisiana, and our family blew into the metro-New Orleans area just ahead of Hurricane Betsy, one of the big bad ones. Spent most of the next summer in Gulfport, Mississippi, which was obliterated just a few years later by the other big storm in my pre-Katrina memory-- Camille, which literally flattened the Gulf Coast, but gave me a personal silver lining in the form of a stray pup that night that nobody ever claimed. Anyway, that area's always going to be home in my heart, but it's only half of my tree. I'll be adding some Georgia and Tennessee profiles as well!
by Stephanie Ward G2G6 Mach 7 (76.1k points)
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You've got me as part of the team again. I've not done much connecting, but am willing to give it a try.
by Dana Johnson G2G6 Mach 2 (25.3k points)
Hi Dana, this one will be a simple matter of expanding your families and filling in with siblings, children, additional spouses, etc. We'll post some hints about easy ways to accomplish this as the date gets closer! Welcome to our Team!
Dana, thanks so much for working with us on this challenge! The 63 profiles you connected made a big difference in our score, but more importantly, that new growth strengthens our shared tree! Hope you'll join us again in future challenges!
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There's been talk about team goals. I know Joyce has a personal goal. I'm wondering if we should set a team goal, and what would it be? Any thoughts?
by Stephanie Ward G2G6 Mach 7 (76.1k points)
I don't think a "team goal" needs to be set but I think if we all spend a couple of hours over the next two weeks planning ahead we can add/do more than we know.

I plan to make a list of each branch I will be adding to with a secondary list of family members names, who they married, parents, siblings, where they lived and were born. All those along with any other pertinent information added so I can move quickly from profile to profile.

I also know of at least one profile that I added for a friend when she sent me her family information. This family had at least 10 children. I entered the birth and death dates on the father's profile so I plan to pick those up and get them added and profiles made.

I am hoping to at least make a good showing by setting a goal of at least 50 completed profiles.
Hey Gigi! Welcome! I didn't realize you'd signed up! Really glad to have you back with us!

Joyce came up with an easy way to make a list: go through your watchlist, profile by profile. Some of yours, especially if they are part of Louisiana Families Project, may already have lists of children and other relatives-- with sources-- and without profiles. To those just add a personal category, something like [[Ward-11xxx|add relatives]] (first you have to create the category), and then it's a simple matter of working from that space page.

See this link for details on how to create a personal category:  Help: Personal Categories

Once you've created your personal categories, it's easy to add them to any of your profiles in edit mode using the category picker. Just start typing your Wiki-ID and they will show up on the drop-down list, then click on the one you want to add and save the profile. If you're not familiar with the category picker, see this help file:  Help: Categorization

Hope that helps!

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Hello!  I'm Kitty Cleveland from New Orleans.  Just joined Wikitree and thought I'd do my part to fill in what I can.  Have so enjoyed learning about my deep LA roots, going back to its founding!  Had no idea.  And it seems that this site has the most accurate information.  Hope I can help!
Hi Kitty, we're so glad that you've chosen to be a part of our team! If you are a brand new member, you'll need to make sure you've completed the process to become a full contributing member of WikiTree. A WT Greeter should have posted a note to your profile to tell you what your next steps are. We'll be happy to help you get started on your new adventure here!

Welcome Kitty! See you in the Eye of the Storm!! 

LOL!  Hope we won't have any hurricanes this year! laugh

Kitty, let us know if you have any questions while you're getting up to speed on WikiTree!
Kitty, I hope you and your family are OK. Barry's timing couldn't have been worse, but I'm glad he went easy on New Orleans. Obviously you weren't able to participate, but your team is still here for you if you have any newbie questions about WikiTree-- and we'd love to have you join us again! There'll be another challenge in the fall, so there's plenty of time to get you ready for it! Just reach out whenever you have any questions!
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Hello All, I am a Mississippi Girl with close ties to Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas. I will be adding profiles to my collateral lines that I have been putting off. Not sure how many I will get done since I tend to add more than just a source and move on. I like doing as complete a profile as I can. Since most of these lines have at least one family member that I have encountered in person while gathering information on my family hopefully my notes contain some good photos and stories also. This challenge sounds like the perfect Thon for me!

Stephanie, I remember Camille well. I was about a 3rd grader and we lived in Holmes County on a huge farm my parents had. I had no clue what a hurricane was but I stood outside for the first hour when the winds hit and loved the feel of the wind in my hair. I finally went into the house when a large oak tree blew over near me. My Mother was raised in Washington Parish so she knew what a hurricane was even if her kids didn't.

When the storm was over I remember my Daddy and Mother gathering at a town meeting of our little small town of West, Mississippi to see what we could do for our neighbors down south. Someone who farmed had some large trucks with open beds they parked on the street in front of the town hall and people brought what they could for the people of Gulfport and surrounding areas. I remember that just a few short days later at night my Mother took us with her and drove Daddy to town. He had volunteered to drive our towns donations to Gulfport. The two trucks were packed full of donations. I was amazed at the generosity of the people of Mississippi. Also, the other thing that strikes me as I type this is that all those donations were in the back of those trucks starting the day before and no one stole anything, no one tried to run a scam to get government help, people for the most part, were honest and cared about their neighbors.

When Katrina came inland and all eyes were focused on New Orleans, Waveland Mississippi which is a small town was basically wiped off the map. Mississippians again took care of the people of the state.

This again reminds me that those of us who come from "Dixie" come from pioneer stock and know how to get the job done!! That means we must care for Our Tree as we care for those through floods, fires, and hurricanes.

I look forward to working with you all on our shared collateral tree and getting some branches added to my own grafted section of the tree!
by Gigi Tanksley G2G6 Mach 3 (32.3k points)
Welcome, Gigi, we're happy you'll be joining us again! I love your story about your family's involvement in the Camille and Katrina recoveries! We also had family and friends in Mississippi during those storms. Some lost everything, but were able to rebuild their lives thanks in great measure to that sort of generosity. Looking forward to working with you!
Hey GiGi! I did not know you had lived in Waveland pre-Katrina! Katrina came right down the middle of my street - Pine Ridge Drive 39576! Allan
Gigi, thanks so much for all you were able to contribute in spite of Barry! Your 155 connections made a big difference-- both to our team and to the growth of our shared tree! It's always a pleasure to work with you, and I hope you'll join us again in the fall for the Source-a-thon! Maybe we can recruit your former neighbor Allen for that one!
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Today, Wednesday July 10, is the last day to register for this weekend's madness!
by Stephanie Ward G2G6 Mach 7 (76.1k points)
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Hi, I'm Barbara Lantz Behringer (Lantz-808) and I'm a G2G Rookie.  I just registered for the Connect-a-Thon and your Team.  All of my mother's family was from Louisiana so finding information has been fairly easy.  My dad was from Nebraska and information is not always so easy.  I have been a casual WikiTree user but I'm trying to fix/clean up my mistakes.  I'm excited about helping this weekend but I'm also visiting my young grandchildren so I might be doing most of my connecting at night.
by Barbara Lantz G2G Crew (870 points)
Hi Barbara, happy you chose to be part of our team! Whatever you have time for will be good! Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!
Hello, and welcome! Every little bit helps-- the point is to have fun with the whole community while improving our shared tree!
Barbara, thanks for adding 85 new connections to WikiTree! Not too shabby for a rookie with grandchildren to visit with!! You made a difference to our team and to our tree, and we hope you'll join us again in the fall for the Source-a-thon!
Thanks Stephanie, I look forward to next time.
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The July 2019 Gulf Coast Hurricanes Team is now six- women strong! We may be one of the smallest teams, but we will make a difference! Let's make it a great weekend!
by Stephanie Ward G2G6 Mach 7 (76.1k points)
I'm looking forward to working with everybody on the team this weekend!!
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Got a late start here as your token Wisconsin team member, but I'll hold the fort for the team if your weather gets too nasty for you folks to work on Wikitree. Be safe!
by Dana Johnson G2G6 Mach 2 (25.3k points)

Thanks Dana! You are our off-site backup! laugh But so far I think it will miss me in Houston...

The team name is unfortunately relevant for this weekend. I hope that all stay safe!
Thanks Ellen!
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The Nor"Easters would like to offer congratulations on weathering the Connect-A-Thon. It was a big success adding many profiles to the tree and we had lots of fun. We also now have a huge spotify playlist to listen too while working on WikiTree. We were glad to have your team onboard in the effort.

by Steven Tibbetts G2G6 Pilot (276k points)
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Great job growing the tree and making connections! Looking forward to working with you all on the next "a-Thon"!

Western Red Cedars 

by Azure Robinson G2G6 Pilot (168k points)
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Everybody should check their Suggestion Lists!blush

by Stephanie Ward G2G6 Mach 7 (76.1k points)
I found 30 new errors from Connect-a-thon profiles. A bunch were "False Errors" due to those weird names of yesteryear. Surprisingly, several were wrong gender-- and they were!
Thanks for that reminder! I have a bunch of new errors for Findagrave links, which I expected, and unique name spellings, which are probably all false. A handful of missing genders are false errors due to unnamed infant deaths. Guess I have some cleaning up to do!
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Did y'all see Eowyn's Connect-a-thon wrap-up? We came in 3rd place by averaged scores!! Wow!! Great teamwork! Thanks, everyone, with a special shout-out to Joyce, who connected up a storm!

by Stephanie Ward G2G6 Mach 7 (76.1k points)
I would also point out that our team was mentioned during the final wrap-up video chat, on the last day of the Connect-a-thon, as taking an amazing third place using averaged ("normalized") scores.

Stay tuned, I'll be posting some statistics very soon on how our team did -- our mini wrap-up!

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