Our goal for the Connect-a-Thon is to decrease the number of profiles that are not connected to our big tree by spending 72 hours adding missing relatives to existing person profiles.
We're starting Friday morning at 8:00 AM EDT (GMT -4), July 12, 2019.
The event runs until Monday at 8:00 AM EDT, July 15, 2019.
Here is a time zone calculator if you need help figuring out the right time in your part of the world.
We will be hosting live YouTube video chats throughout the weekend to cheer each other on and announce t-shirt prize winners. There will be a chat every four hours, around the clock, with one winner drawn per chat.
Registration is closed. You wouldn't be eligible for team points or t-shirt drawings but you are still welcome to participate with us if you'd like!
You need to register in advance.
Simply post an answer saying "Yes, I'd like to participate" along with what team you'd prefer, if any. If you're not sure about a team, say a few things about your location, genealogical interests, and/or what you like to work on at WikiTree.
After you post, we will award you the participant badge.
To participate you need to be a WikiTree member who has signed the Honor Code. If you're not already a member, login as a Guest now. You'll be invited to "volunteer" to help grow WikiTree. There are a few steps involved, but it's all just about verifying that you understand what WikiTree is about.
The cut-off date for registering is midnight on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
If you have any trouble or questions, contact Eowyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For fun, participants are divided into teams.
If you don't choose a team (see the list below) we will assign one that seems to fit your geographic or genealogical interests.
Starting a team
Would you like to organize a team? Teams can be organized around anything, or just for fun.
Team captains are expected to:
- Create a free-space profile for your team to communicate on.
- Recruit for your team by replying to members who post on the register messages asking if they'd like to join your team.
- Communicate with team members to encourage them and cheer on the group.
- During the Connect-a-Thon, post to the team thread on G2G with updates about how the team is doing.
Are you interested in being a team captain? Contact Eowyn at email@example.com and let her know. If you don't have an idea for a team, she can let you know which ones are needed.
- Every participant should be on one and only one team.
- Teams can have co-captains.
- Aleš can offer weighted team statistics (number of contributions divided by number of team members) so we will not be splitting teams this time.
- Canadian Connectors. Captain: Christine Daniels
- Germany Genies. Captain: Kylie Haese
- Tree Nuts (non-geographical). Captains: Eowyn Langholf and Julie Ricketts
- Western Red Cedars (covering Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Idaho). Captain: Azure Robinson Team Goal: 750
- The Wizards of Aus. (Australia) Captain: Kathleen Cobcroft.
- Flying Dutchmen (Netherlands). Captain: Bea Wijma and Astrid Schellenberger
- Kiwi Crew (New Zealand). Captain: Robynne Lozier.
- Sandringham Strollers (England). Captains: Gillian Thomas and Janet Wild
- Spic-n-Span Scandinavians Captain: Maria Lundholm
- Windsor Warriors (England). Captains: Susie MacLeod and Wendy Sullivan
- Bama Bushwackers. Captain: Topher Sims
- Cornbread Catchers, (Southern USA, formerly Southern Sourcers). Captains: Sarah Rojas and Debi Hoag
- Gulf Coast Hurricanes. Co-captains: Joyce Rivette and Steff Mandarino.
- Massachusetts 600 (covering errors in Massachusetts profiles, mainly 600 Location suggestions). Captain: Bob Keniston.
- Team Mid-Atlantic US, (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey). Captain: Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz.
- Team Missouri (Missouri and surrounding states), Captain: Lori Zukerman.
- Nor'Easters (covering Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island). Co-captains: Chris Whitten and Steven Tibbetts.
- Southwest Sunshiners (covering Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah) Captain: Russ Gunther
- Super Sweepers (covering Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas). Captains: Lisa Linn and Dorothy Barry.
- Team Tennessee. Captain: Linda Barnett
- Team VIrginia (covering Virginia & West Virginia, Kentucky researchers also welcome). Captains: William Foster and Mindy Silva
- A Rose By Any Other Name Captain: Emma MacBeath. Team Goal: We've added the heads of family of the slaves sold in 1838 to keep Georgetown University from bankruptcy (GU272). Our goal will be to add as many of the descendants of these 50 families as possible.
- Legacy Heirs. Captain: Lisa Murphy
- The Musty, Dusty Team covering Pre-1500 profiles. Captain: Marty Acks.
Our goal is to reduce the number of Unconnected profiles on WikiTree. About 80% of the profiles on WikiTree are connected within 100 degrees of each other. This leaves about 20% out in the cold.
Since tracking connections is somewhat complex, for this challenge we are just counting the number of parents, siblings, spouses and children you add to existing person profiles. Often these will be "collateral" relatives that members neglected to add when adding their family tree. Each relative you add increases the chance that a tree will intertwine with our global tree.
Where to work from
There are a few different ways to choose profiles to add to:
- Work from your Watchlist
- One of the easiest ways to participate is to work on building out your own family lines. Sometimes we focus so much on our direct lines that we forget about the collateral ones. You can work on building outward, not just upward or downward.
- Work on your Unconnected Profiles
- If you click here you will see a list of the people on your Watchlist who are not yet connected to the main tree. You can sort that list several ways, and also limit it to a particular surname. If you click on the highlighted word "total" in the first paragraph on that page, you will see a list of all unconnected profiles on WikiTree, which works the same way.
- The Connectors Chat Page
- The DBE Unconnected page
- The DBE Unconnected page lists reports for different countries in the world, showing unconnected branches with at least one profile which says that the person in the profile was born or died in that country.
- Needs Profiles Created Category
- This category exists as a way of noting profiles that have sources for family members who do not yet have profiles on WikiTree. For example, a member might have only created a profile for a daughter mentioned in a census. However, the rest of the family still needs to be added to WikiTree.
- See also: Places to find unconnected profiles.
If you'd like further help, Mindy Silva created this great tutorial.
Each time you add a new profile to an existing one, you will earn a point. New profiles must have at least one valid source.
Note that for scoring purposes it doesn't matter if the person for whom you're adding a parent, sibling, spouse or child is connected or unconnected. Every missing family member we add increases the chances of connecting people.
Here is how to see the current totals for individual members and teams. These progress reports are from WikiTree+.
|Reports||By User||By Team||By Team and User||Update frequency|
|Simple||User||Team||Team and User||5 min|
|By Day||User by Day||Team by Day||Team and User by Day||1 hour|
|Total By Hour||User By Hour||Team By Hour||1 hour|
You can also view the family members that are being added right now on this feed: Newly-Added Family. These additions are what are being counted in the reports above.
We will be awarding special "2019 Connect-a-Thon" t-shirts as prizes.
- The top five winners who add the most profiles will get t-shirts.
- We will draw one participant at random during every video chat (see the section above). You don't need to be in the chat to win but you do need to register in advance and be participating.
Every participant can get only one t-shirt, therefore if you win a drawing, you can't win again or get a t-shirt as a top contributor.
- 12 Jul @ 12pm EST: Randall Gardner - Team Missouri
- 12 Jul @ 4pm EST: Jillian Kern - Southwest Sunshiners
- 12 Jul @ 8pm EST: Wanda Horn - Bama Bushwackers
- 13 Jul @ 12am EST: Jody Rodgers - Tree Nuts
- 13 Jul @ 4am EST: Darren Kellett - Windsor Warriors
- 13 Jul @ 8am EST: S Stevenson - Canadian Connectors
- 13 Jul @ 12pm EST: M A Cater - Spic-n-Span Scandinavians
- 13 Jul @ 4pm EST: Pam Stone - Western Red Cedars
- 13 Jul @ 8pm EST: Shawn Ligocki - Mid-Atlantic US
- 14 Jul @ 12am EST: Pip Sheppard - Super Sweepers
- 14 Jul @ 4am EST: Stephen McCallum - Legacy Heirs
- 14 Jul @ 8am EST: Wjj Lynton - Wizards of Aus
- 14 Jul @ 12pm EST: Mindy Silva - Team Virginia
- 14 Jul @ 4pm EST: Rhonda Zimmerman - Legacy Heirs
- 14 Jul @ 8pm EST: Jerry Baraboo - Team Roses
- 15 Jul @ 12am EST: Sandy Patak - Team Virginia
- 15 Jul @ 4am EST: Beverly Swann - Team Tennessee
- 15 Jul @ 8am EST: Susan McNamee - Nor'easters
In addition to the participation badge, the top winners will get the 2019 Connect-a-Thon winner badge. These winners will include:
- The top 10 winners overall.
- Everyone on the winning team who participated (both overall and by average).
If you have Connect-a-Thon questions, please post them in G2G (discussion thread coming soon).
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