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Challenges are friendly competitions that make growing our shared tree more social and fun. Join us and give one a try!

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Schedule for previous month, current month and next month.

See challenges in G2G for open challenges you can participate in.

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Big Annual Events

These four 72-hour marathon challenges are our community's biggest events.

Connect-a-Thon (12-15 July 2019)

The Connect-a-Thon is a marathon focused on adding missing family members to existing profiles. Our goal for the Connect-a-Thon is to decrease the number of profiles that are not connected to our big tree.

The Connect-a-Thon takes place mid-July. This year it's July 12 to July 15 — register now.

Source-a-Thon (4-7 Oct 2019)

The Source-a-Thon is a sourcing marathon with thousands of dollars worth of door prizes donated from around the genealogy community. Our goal: find sources for as many Unsourced Profiles as possible.

The Source-a-Thon takes place the beginning of October to kick off Family History Month. This year it's October 4 to October 7 — register starting September 1.

Scan-a-Thon (10-13 Jan 2020)

The Scan-a-Thon is about scanning and uploading photos and other items such as letters, postcards, ephemera, funeral cards, and primary documents.

The Scan-a-Thon takes place place the middle of January to kick off the new year. This year (2020) it's January 10-13 — register starting December 1.

Clean-a-Thon (TBD)

The Spring Clean-a-Thon is a marathon to clear out as many Data Doctor suggestions as possible.

The Clean-a-Thon takes place in April. In 2019 it was April 26 to April 29.

Ongoing Challenges

These are challenges that you can participate in right now.

52 Ancestors

Each week there is a new theme posted in G2G. To participate, you share a profile/story about an ancestor that you feel ties into the week's theme. Badges can be earned for milestones. For more details see 52 Ancestors. For updates when the theme comes out, follow 52_ancestors.

52 Photos

Each week there is a new theme posted in G2G. To participate, you share a photo that you feel ties into the week's theme. Badges can be earned for milestones. For more details see 52 Photos. For updates when the theme comes out, follow 52_photos.

Data Doctors Challenge

Every week we focus on a different type of problem on our shared tree. It's one that has been identified by Aleš Trtnik through his WikiTree+ deep data analyses — the problems are identified mechanically, but need to be investigated thoughtfully by a genealogist.

See the Data Doctors Challenge page for what we're doing this week, and then join in! Everyone who helps appears in the leaderboard. The participant who does the most that week gets a badge — and we all win with a cleaner shared tree.

Sourcerers Challenge

The Sourcerers Challenge is a friendly competition to see how many profiles we can clear from the Unsourced Profiles category in a month. Everyone who participates get the Sourcerers badge. Those who tally the most by the end of the month get the Sourcerers Challenge Winner badge.

See the Sourcerers Challenge page for a link to the current G2G challenge post or see sourcerers.

Saturday Sourcing Sprint

If it's Saturday, you can also participate in our Saturday Sourcing Sprint. These are mini versions of the Sourcerers Challenge that run for 24 hours.

Connectors Challenge

The Connectors Challenge is about linking unconnected profiles to our "big tree." A new challenge starts every other month.

Bio Builders Challenge

It is easy to get in a groove creating profiles, tracing ancestries, adding sources, and making connections on WikiTree, and forget to build profiles to their fullest potential.

Many profiles on WikiTree, even from our best members, have sources but no human substance. What do the sources tell us? What has your research revealed about the person? Who were they? The Biography section of a profile is an opportunity to tell the person's story.

The Bio Builders Challenge is a personal growth challenge to create meaningful biographies.

A new challenge opens every month so there is always one that's open. Join the group now.

Integrators Challenge

The primary goals and tasks of the Integrators Challenge are:

  1. Create profiles from unanswered G2G questions.
  2. Answer unanswered questions. (For the challenge, these need to be from at least two months from the current date and earlier.)
  3. Connect questions to existing WikiTree profiles.

Some months may feature specific tasks to accomplish these. See the Integrators Challenge Project Page for more info.

Periodic Challenges

These challenges may not be open right now, but if not, a new one will be starting soon. Follow challenges or a specific project tag to hear when new challenges open.

Magna Carta Project Challenge - magna_carta Help improve profiles related to the signers of the Magna Carta.

French Roots Project Challenge - french_roots Help improve profiles for individuals who have french roots.

Dutch Roots Project Challenge - dutch_roots Help improve profiles for individuals who have dutch roots.

Quakers Project Challenge - quakers Help improve profiles for individuals connected to the Quakers.

Past Challenges and Challenge Ideas

These challenges have been hosted in the past and may be hosted again. Maybe you would be interested in getting one restarted, or creating something similar?

Surname Spotlight

Periodically, we post a handful of featured surnames. Participants in the Surname Spotlight Challenge choose one surname and compete as a group with others who are working on that surname: sourcing, connecting, correcting errors, and writing biographies.

Cemetery Challenge

The Global Cemetery Project has hosted a few unique challenges, such as taking as many headstone photos as possible and creating profiles for them.

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is a search for profiles that fit the clues. The Notables Project hosted a Scavenger Hunt in 2015 to find notable profiles that weren't connected to the Global Tree.

Brick Wall Demolition Derby

The Holocaust Project hosted a Brick Wall Demolition Derby last year. Who can break down a brick wall first?

Connection Combat

Connection Combat is a head-to-head challenge between profiles. A team for each profile competes to connect it to the Global Tree.

Other Ideas

  • Transcribing and Indexing: A transcription or indexing challenge to encourage members to look at sources and create profiles based on them. The Cemetery Challenges are similar to this.
  • Photos or Images: A photography challenge would ask participants to take photos relevant to the project. Again, there have been Cemetery Challenges like this. There might also be challenges for finding and adding copyright-free images to a project's profiles.
  • Profile Creation: A profile creation challenge specifically prioritizes the creation of new profiles and biographies to fit within a project's guidelines. The Notables Project has hosted Note-vember Project Creation Challenges.

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