Sourcerers Challenge

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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 8236

2. Robert Keniston 4496

3. Carolyn Martin 3053

4. John Elkin 2221

5. Lucy Lavelle 1610

6. Jayme Arrington 1508

7. Marj Adams 1321

8. Star Kline 1264

9. Myrtis Jane Bishop 1204

10. Charlotte Shockey 1152

December 2016 Participants

Participants

Last NameFirst NameSourced ProfilesMonthly Challenge Winners
AcksMarty438
AdamsMarj1081(September 2015)
AllisonTrace904
AndrusAlison166
AnonymousAntonia185
ArringtonJayme1493(August 2016)
AtkinsMary24
BAnne517
BairdDavid5
BakerAnne10
BartlettSherry310
BenferBeverly51
BishopMyrtis Jane855March 2016
BlackDebby36
BocskayMiki10
BreenErin31
ByersDale9
CameronTess231
ChadwickHenry87
ConnollyGaile29
CooperLeanne30
CramerBeulah242
DanielsTalicyn6
DeaPaula129
EkebladEva141
ElkinJohn1517
FK4
FitzmauriceSusan76
FoleyBrad39
FordHelen42
FranklinLisa6
FrostChristine141
GalePhilip88
GauldenMags21
GodwinElizabeth6
GomezSusan4
GravesConnie221
GrisleyJacob9
HallBobbie33
HarlowLaura39
HateleyStuart2
HaywoodRos565
HendricksonChristian4
HerouxRG28
HessKirk13
HoagDebi326
HofmannHans52
HoganKathryn376
HoytChris24
JarrellRon7
JesterLynette6
KenistonRobert3958November, December 2015, January 2016
KensilCharlotte38
KerrValerie5
KlineStar1264August 2015, February 2016
LakeSteve16
LambertMel35
LambertNan227
LandersNancy35
LarsonJim5
LavelleLucy442October 2015
LavoieLianne21
LiardDanielle965
LindquistNorm547
MacklerAllison141
MajewskiVicky422
MartinCarolyn2300April 2016, June 2016, July 2016
MerrittKristin35
MillerKent9
MillerSharlene10
MolierB. W. J.220
MorrisRebecca54
MurrinLeigh11
NanceMary928
OrmanSummer58
OrtonAl9
PartridgeCarole27
PezuttiNanette523
PhillipsTerry1
PiazzaVincent28
PowellAndrea30
RickettsJulie96
RogersSamantha9
RosenfeldMaureen111
RowenIgor234
ShifflettLiz6
SkordahlCheryl42
SladeGreg377
SmithPhilip23
StratmanJames8
StutzJudi61
SvedahlMarie12
ThorntonLori7
ToboKaren668July 2015
TownsendElizabeth1
VarnellCharlie4
WardKirsty4
WardStephanie21
WatsonDerrick40
WattVic15
WeddingtonEric675May 2016
WentzLaurie34
WhalenPeter107
WhangerSadie21
WijmaBea29
WilderCarolyn93
WilliamsVeronica4
WillsonS3
ZimmermanDoug131
ZippererKathleen336


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