Help:Surname Spotlight Challenge

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The Surname Spotlight Challenge focuses on new surnames each month. Members work together to see much collaboration and improvement we can make happen on that month's surnames.


How It Works

The first Sunday of the month, we post the surnames we're featuring in a G2G post with links to those surnames' One Name Study pages, as well as that month's theme: sources, errors, connections, or biography building.

How to Participate

To participate, choose a spotlighted surname. It doesn't have to be one of your family names,

Post in the G2G challenge thread which name you have chosen.

Let's say you've chosen Jones. You'd then do one of the following, depending on that month's theme:


Profiles always needing sourcing. Focus your efforts on the Unsourced Jones for that month. They can also be counted for the month's Sourcerers Challenge.

Correct errors

Correct some Jones errors/suggestions -these are easy to find with our Data Doctor project's various reports. Depending on the Data Doctor's Challenge that week, those might count there, as well. Contributions will be tracked using the WikiTree+ status update system.

Make connections

WikiTree has plenty of unconnected branches, and focusing on one surname might connect a lot of folks at once, or may help you or another member break down a Jones brickwall. You'll need to tally these manually in the G2G thread. They will also count in the Connectors Challenge.

Build a biography, or ten

Is writing biographies and adding images your thing? Find Jones profiles that need some TLC and write a biography for them. These are great to then share on social media to attract other Jones family and to show off your mad skills. Depending on the theme, these may also count in the Biography Builders Challenge.


The winners each month will be the members of the surname team with the most contributions accumulated during the month for that surname. We'll award a template to the winning team members, as well as the One Name Study page for that surname.

More Ways to Collaborate with Surnames

Whether the surname is still being featured or not, there are a lot of ways to collaborate with other researchers interested in surnames on WikiTree. You might consider:

  • Going to the Jones One Name Study free-space page to see what's been happening with Jones research on WikiTree. Say hi! Share your Jones family connection. Add something about Jones history and research to the page.
  • Head up a Jones Challenge Team. Did you enjoy working with those other Jones? Consider putting together a permanent Team Jones that could work together on various challenges and Thons at WikiTree. You might even think about helping coordinate things on the Jones surname thread for that month.
  • Look at the Jones genealogy page to see who is following the Jones tag. Comment on their page or send them a message to see if they'd like to come collaborate on Jones genealogy with you-the surname project, this challenge, or something new.
  • Look at your Jones family (if you have any) and see if any new DNA matches have appeared and check your results with theirs to possibly ID new cousins.


August 2017

September 2017

S is for September and September is for Sourcing!

October 2017

Oktoberfest! German Surnames

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