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What is the Data Doctors Challenge?

In April we host an annual Spring Clean-a-Thon to investigate and fix database errors found by Aleš in his WikiTree+ data analyses. These events have been a great way to improve our shared tree and have fun while doing it. This success led us to create weekly mini-challenges that are easy for anyone to participate in.

Early in the week we post the details in a G2G message. Everyone who helps appears in the leaderboard. The participant who does the most that week gets a trophy badge.

Below are the details on this week's challenge and how to participate. To make sure you hear about next week's challenge, follow the tag data_doctors or challenges.

Do you have a suggestion for a challenge? Add it here.


Challenge start date is approximate. It generally starts within few hours of posting new errors. It depends on when Aleš manages to prepare the errors.

Participation and Tracking

To participate, first click to the table on the report page for the current week.

The rows of this table show categories of errors, warnings, and suggested changes.

The columns show centuries, e.g. 1700-1799.

The cells have the number of profiles of people who were born or died in that century that have that error or suggestion.

Click on one of these numbers. That will show you the table of profiles. In the last column of this table are "STATUS" buttons.

When you correct an error, simply set the status and enter a comment for it.

There are five status options:

  • Comment (no change in status): This enables you to add a comment without changing the status.
  • Not corrected: This sets the error as not corrected. It will continue to be shown in all lists.
  • Corrected (hide until next recheck): This sets the error as corrected so it will be hidden from error reports until the next week. After that it will be shown again if it was not actually corrected.
  • False error (hide forever): This sets the error as a false error. It will be hidden from WikiTree+ error reports forever.
  • Proposed merge (hide for 30 days): This hides the error for 30 days thus giving a merge time to be completed. The error will be hidden from prepared error lists.

Each time you work on an error and set the status, you'll earn a contribution point.

Only the errors in the special report for the challenge (this week: 5_Star_Profiles_IX) count for the challenge.

Tracking Results and Winners

Current challenge results

Reports By User By Suggestion By User and Suggestion By Suggestion and User By Suggestion Group and User Update frequency
Simple User Suggestion User and Suggestion Suggestion and User Sugg. Group and User 5 min
Detailed User Detailed Suggestion Detailed User and Suggestion Detailed Suggestion and User Detailed Sugg. Group and User Detailed 1 hour
By Day User by Day Suggestion by Day User and Suggestion by Day Suggestion and User by Day Sugg. Group and User by Day 1 hour
Total By Hour By Hour 1 hour

Previous challenge results

Challenge winners

Each weekly challenge ends Sunday at 11:59 pm EDT. The participant with the most points will be the winner for that week and earn the badge.


Here are the winners of previous challenges:

1World War II1,797NJ J. Penny689
2Father's Day1,340Emma McBeath275
3Merged Biographies3,959Darren Kellett652
4Vacation3,362Natalie J. Trott (Durbin)678
5Independence6,523NJ J. Penny2,042
6Marriage5,379Hans Hofmann1,125
7Merged Biographies2,490Darren J. Kellett235
8Notables1,735Paula J. Cullen472
9Names11,039Emma McBeath1,927
10Dates3,917Joe Cochoit1,061
11FindAGrave2,738Paula J. Cullen476
12Merged Biographies3,793Natalie J. Trott (Durbin)546
13Locations17,351Carolyn Martin 4,585
14Reference Tags16,151Dorothy Barry 2,466
15Orphans7,494NJ J Penny 1,001
16Merged Biographies 2,139G Redmond 376
17Locations22,366Morgan Mulligan 4,006
18Marriages2,870Amy Weimer 595
19Merged Biographies2,892Linda Barnett487
20Names6,140Dana J. Johnson847
21Dates1,693Joe Cochoit201
22Locations9,423Linda Green1,172
23Reference Tags9,430Morgan Mulligan1,603
24Merged Biographies2,154Esmé G. van der Westhuizen257
25Orphaned Profiles8,595 Deb Love 1,717
26Marriages2,564 Darren Kellett 501
27Find A Grave2,086 Jo M. Gill 198
28Names4,710 Linda Barnett 653
29Dates1,495 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 444
30Locations11,772 Martin White 2,801
31Reference Tags11,008 Carolyn Martin 2,156
32Merged Biographies4,023 Kevin Sweet 931
33Orphaned Profiles8,688 Carolyn Martin 1,420
34Marriages 2,056Kevin Sweet 583
35FindAGrave2,484 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 327
36Names2,531 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 548
37Merged Biographies1,023 Melissa Mutimer 159
38Dates1,048 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 230
39Locations10,636 NJ Penny 1,189
40Reference Tags8,658 Carolyn Martin 2,152
41Orphaned Profiles7,522 Rodney Long 1,810
42Marriages4,998 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 930
43Death Dates5,099 Rosetta L. Link (Helm) 736
44Death Dates2,338 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 288
45Death Dates2,403 Aleš Trtnik 425
46Death Dates3,658 Jelena Eckstädt 1,898
47Merged Biographies3,328 Terry McClintock 435
48Locations17,286 Terry McClintock 2,640
49Names4,557 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 900
50Duplicates3,343 Brian Bourn 797
51Reference Tags7,580 Bobbie Hall 1,053
52Orphaned Profiles7,550 Rodney Long 1,369
53Marriages5,066 Jill Claus 735
54Find A Grave3,577 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 703
55Locations10,883 K Anonymous 1,980
56Dates2,430 Merryl Hunkin 514
57Duplicates1,611 K Anonymous 288
58Merged Biographies1,875 Cindy Cooper 330
59Names3,870 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 776
60Reference Tags6,366Andy Gürth 1,348
61Orphaned Profiles7,679 Carolyn Martin 1,526
62Marriages2,776 Linda Peterson 579
63Find A Grave4,357 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 620
64Locations 10,830Cheryl Hess 2,088
65Dates2,761 Sherrie Shoforth 720
66Merged_Biographies2,925 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 699
67Names10,814 Helen Bowden 1,534
68Reference Tags6,658 Helen Bowden 1,298
69Orphaned Profiles10,817Rodney Long 2,590
70Marriages3,868 Cory Fulmer 683
71Find A Grave7,525 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 1,509
72Locations13,422 Dana Burns2,461
73Dates2.033 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 505
74Merged Biographies3,686 Helen Bowden 597
75Names5,386 Helen Bowden 1,065
76Reference Tags6,464 Rick San Soucie 1,109
77Orphaned Profiles7,560 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 1,270
78Reference Tags9,744Helen Bowden 1,255
79Marriages1,466 Paula Reinke 248
80Find A Grave3,632 Ginger Lawton 550
81Locations8,537 Rosetta Link 1,862
82Dates1,510 Andrea Taylor 273
83Names5,608 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 1,061
84Merged Biographies3,447 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 700
85Merged Biographies2,250 Kristin Merritt 470
86Reference Tags7,179 Amy Weimer 1,350
87Marriages2,416 Ginger Lawton 438
88Find A Grave3,935 Jill Claus 511
89Locations9,991 Al Beard 1,706
90Dates1,813 Debra Akin 408
91Orphaned Profiles6,475Ginger Lawton 1,423
92Names1,951 Debra Akins 428
93Reference Tags3,916Helen Edwards 972
94Add Dates6,174 Helen Edwards 1,520
95Marriages1,172 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 256
96Find A Grave2,367 Helen Bowden 306
97Locations5,891 Esmé G. van der Westhuizen 962
98Dates3,123 Helen Bowden 705
99Orphaned Profiles6,699 Porter Marsh 1,816
100GEDCOM Data998 Terry McClintock246
101Names2,747Helen Bowden 669
102Reference Tags4,448Azure Robinson 953
103Add Dates821 Carolyn Martin149
104Marriages962 Teresa Downey217
105Find A Grave3,342 Carolyn Martin 722
106Locations9,950 Chris Hoyt 2,623
107Dates1,251 Helen Bowden378
108Orphaned Profiles4,744 Cindy Cooper1,518
1095 Star Profiles1,122 Helen Edwards357
110GEDCOM Data1,287Missy Berryann504
111Names2,185Esmé G. van der Westhuizen827
112Reference Tags4,459Esmé G. van der Westhuizen782
113Add Dates387Esmé G. van der Westhuizen90
114Marriages1,129Graeme Olney306
115Find A Grave3,256Esmé G. van der Westhuizen506
116Locations3,382Esmé G. van der Westhuizen605
117Dates1,148Ron Lamoreaux201
118Orphaned Profiles484Helen Edwards228
119Star Profiles840Terry McClintock359
120GEDCOM Data2,065Carolyn Martin612
121Names1,192Walter Steesy338
122Reference Tags2,801Sarah Mason839
123Add Dates423Tim Varney77
124Marriages1,146Helen Edwards227
125Locations7,847Paula Franklin1,714
126Dates1,968Ron Raymer663
127Orphaned Profiles6,162Ron Raymer1800
128GEDCOM Data1,951Helen Edwards554
129Names967Colleen Chapin125
130Reference Tags4,820Derrick Watson1,153
131Add Dates473Kay Sands77
132Marriages1,132Dean Anderson453
133Locations2,848Jennifer Robins307
134Dates995Sam Howes79
135Orphaned Profiles4,029Helen Edwards820
136Star Profiles659Linda Peterson234
137GEDCOM Data6,953Helen Edwards1,042
138Reference_Tags6,498Jon Stennett1,352
139Names3,857Carolyn Napoli607
140Add Dates1,444Carl Dickason309
141Merged Biographies5,169Star Kline1,250
142Marriages1,190Kelley Rosenbach232
143Locations5,641Koen Van Hoof1,250
144Dates812N Gauthier152
145Orphaned Profiles2,105Paula Franklin178
146Star Profiles594Paula Reinke308
147GEDCOM Data3,930Anders Lönnermark1,180
148Names3,380Koen van Hoof960
149Reference Tags5,800Chris Hoyt753
150Add Dates508Chris Hoyt103
151Merged Biographies1,996Helen Bowden497
152Marriages1,304Derrick Watson324
153Locations6,006Tommy Buch927
154Dates972N Gauthier141
155Orphaned Profiles4,047Christina Mckeithan917
156Star Profiles361Tommy Buch103
157GEDCOM Data2,762Helen Edwards1,202
158Names1,744Koen van Hoof339
159Reference Tags2,559Derrick Watson553
160Add Dates609N Gauthier125
161Merged Biographies1,408Helen Bowden369
162Marriages3,778N. Gauthier706
163Locations7,772Helen Edwards1,122
164Dates1,016Helen Edwards170
165Orphaned Profiles4,722Helen Edwards1,206
166Star Profiles298Barbara Regan92
167GEDCOM Data2,633Helen Edwards662
168Names1,654Helen Edwards362
169Reference Tags5,050Roger Davey734
170Merged Biographies1,670Jay Klock437
171Marriages1,791Helen Edwards222
172Add Dates645N Gauthier153
173Locations3,785John Elkin1,039
174Orphaned Profiles10,074Sheila X1,813
175Star Profiles286Kandita Post76
176GEDCOM Data2,296Loretta Corbin764
177Names1,670Jay Klock179
178Reference Tags5,027Derrick Watson505
179Merged Biographies1,244Sarah Grimaldi366
180Marriages2,617Jay Klock384
181Add Dates649Chris Hoyt93
182Locations6,952Ann-Marie Hamblett924
183Orphaned Profiles
184Star Profiles

Please join the challenge! Everyone on WikiTree wins with a cleaner shared family tree.

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