Project: Sourcerers/Saturday Sourcing Sprints

Categories: WikiTree Help | Challenges | Saturday Sourcing Sprint Winners

See sourcing_sprints in G2G for the current challenge.
See the archived Saturday Sourcing Sprint Citation Examples for past tips.


What are Saturday Sourcing Sprints?

Sourcing Saturday Sprints are one-day challenges. They're casual mini-versions of our fun annual Source-a-Thon.

To participate, register in the most current Genealogist2Genealogist (G2G) Forum post (that may be the one for last weekend).

  • Click answer at the bottom of the first message to open an edit box
  • Tell us that you plan to add some sources
  • Include your GMT time zone and team name, if any
  • Click the Add Answer button

That's all it takes! Go ahead and use the Challenge Tracker to count your profiles sourced (see the rules below and the weekly thread for instructions).

One of the Sprint Facilitators will notice your answer and respond but you don't have to wait on them. We also use the weekly thread to brag, complain, commiserate, and generally share, so check back in if you have time. You can post replies to your own answer and the answers of others. Teams aren't required for the Sprints but, if you included a team name, don't be surprised if you get cheered on by teammates and others. Check the Challenge Teams FAQ to learn more.

We now have a Google Hangout where we can chat real time. It will be as quiet or busy as we make it. A facilitator is always in the room, so post something in the Hangout. The facilitator will respond to help get the conversation started.


  • All profiles improved must come from the Unsourced categories or already be present on WikiTree and unsourced (don't create new profiles without sources and then add them).
  • If the only source is a link to a profile on another website, a search results page from another genealogy website, the words "Ancestry tree," "," "Pedigree Resource Files" from FamilySearch, or the like, adding a better source will be a valid update for the Sourcing Sprints. If you add better sources to the profiles, use the Challenge Tracker to include it in your tally.
  • If you find a source listed on a profile page at another genealogy website or at tertiary website sources such as Wikipedia,, Rootsweb, etc., track down the real source, add it, and include it in your tally. If you don't have time or know how, see the next point.
  • If you attempt to add sources to a profile and just cannot find any, please add a note under a == Research Notes == section giving where you tried to find records. Adding four tildes to the end of your note will add your name and date to the end (you won't see it until you save). That way the next researcher knows where to start. Do not remove the Unsourced Template and do no count in your tally. Examples:
    • "Looked for John in the US Census records for 1900-1940 and couldn't find him on FamilySearch or Ancestry"
    • "Searched Google for an obituary and didn't find one."
    • "FamilySearch's Pedigree Resource File has a record for this person but no sources are included" and give the link
    • "An Ancestry profile has sources attached but I couldn't find citations for the individual sources" and give the profile link
    • "Has a Wikipedia entry that (does/does not) include sources" and give the link
  • The tally is of profiles improved, not sources added. That said, if you can add a number of sources to a profile, all the better. Remember, your sources need to be as full and specific as possible, so others find them useful. That means, if the source is online, you should link to it. If it is a page from a book, the page number should be included so others can easily see where you found the reference.
  • If you find a match and can merge a profile into an already sourced profile, that counts too. You still found a source, plus you eliminated a duplicate.
  • If you add a source, remove {{Unsourced}} from the edit box.
  • If you add a source which names other family members, check to see if their profiles exist.
    • If not, add [[Category:Needs Profiles Created]] to the first line of the edit box
    • If so and there are no sources, add the source. Use the tracker to count that profile too

Follow the tag sourcing_sprints to get the weekly posts.

Changes and Suggestions

The Saturday Sprints started November 2016 and are still evolving. See this G2G post for changes and suggestions.


For cumulative stats see the Sprint Tracking Spreadsheet


Challenge Tracker

Saturday Sourcing Sprint Calendar pages contain links to specific events results. To review them, click the Tracker link:

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Saturday Sourcing Sprint Logo
... sourced the most profiles in the ??dte?? Saturday Sourcing Sprint Challenge

It's always good to have you join us, ??. Thanks for all your sources. —>

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