Project: Sourcerers

Categories: Profile Improvement Project | Unsourced Profiles | Challenges

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Sourcerers' Challenge

The Sourcerers' Challenge is a challenge to motivate our members to get sources on the many unsourced profiles across WikiTree. As some of our members like to say, "Genealogy without sources is Mythology!"

Each month we'll start a new challenge and encourage everyone, from the newest researchers to the longest lived, to start adding sources across the tree and tell us about the work you're doing. In return, those who tally the most additions will get to wear the Sourcerer badge. Everyone who participates gets the participation badge. We also have a monthly winner and badge, which that winner will keep. They can only earn it once (like our Photo of the Week winner.) Then there is the all-around top Sourcerer template which only one person on WikiTree will ever have at any time, as it will travel from top Sourcerer to top Sourcerer. We'll keep track of our top ten Sourcerers here on the page, as well as archive from the previous month who participated.

Here is an archive of what has been accomplished with the challenge each month.

Here are the rules:

  • All profiles improved must come from the Unsourced categories or be already present on WikiTree and unsourced-you can't create new profiles and add sources just to up your tally. The hope and goal is to improve the numbers already on WikiTree that need sources. Adding sources will help merges happen, too, which will improve our tree. Showing folks what sources you're using helps newer researchers see just what's available out there for us to access.
  • The tally is of profiles improved, not sources added.
  • If you attempt to add sources to a profile and just cannot find any, please add a note under a section like === Research Notes === giving where you tried to find records and you can sign it with the four tildes (~~~~) so the date is applied as well. Something like "Looked for John in the US Census records for 1900-1940 and couldn't find him on FamilySearch or Ancestry" would be fine. Or, "Searched google for an obituary and didn't find one." That way the next researcher knows where to start.
  • If the profile has just Geni or Ancestry (or the like) tree for a current source, adding better sources can count it for the contest.
  • Profiles that you end up finding a duplicate of and merge to add the source count, too.
  • Sources must be as complete and precise as possible, according to our Sources style guide.
  • If a profile needs cleaned up while you're there, please do so! Many are leftover from gedcom imports and need a little love on top of the sources you add.

Top 10 Sourcerers of All Time

1. Hans Hofmann 18969

2. Robert Keniston 4746

3. Carolyn Martin 3084

4. John Elkin 2459

5. John Noel 2151

6. Emma McBeth 2092

7. Jayme Arrington 2084

8. Lucy Lavelle 1849

9. Charlotte Shockey 1522

10. Marj Adams 1463


To view all of the Sourcerer participants to date, view the Google sheet here.

Saturday Sourcing Sprints

Sourcing Saturday Sprints are one-day challenges. They're casual mini-versions of the Source-a-Thon last October that was so popular and fun.

For details on how to participate and to see current tallies, go here.

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