Connectors Challenge

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Connectors Unite!

We invite you to take part in the Connectors Challenge. You can help the Connectors Project to link all the unconnected profiles on WikiTree into the main family tree.

Each month we'll open up a thread in G2G where you can take part by:

  1. Pick any WikiTree profile which is not connected to the main tree. (In other words, that profile does not have a box at the bottom of the page, showing the degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon, Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms and the changing weekly connections.) You can look for unconnected profiles using the Unconnected People tool, the Unconnected Profiles category, the Unlinked_Profiles category, the lists on the Connectors Chat or Let others know what locations you are working on pages, or you may run across an unconnected profile in the regular course of your research.
  2. Either add a new profile for a first degree relative (parent, spouse, sibling, or child) of the person on that profile, or else connect an existing profile on WikiTree to the profile you're working on.
  3. Add a source to the profiles involved in the connection showing the relationship between the two profiles. This could be a census record listing a family, a marriage record, a death record listing the spouse and/or parents, a birth record listing the parents, or any source which demonstrates that the two profiles should be connected to one another. Your source needs to be cited as closely to the style recommended on our Sources help page as possible to count towards your tally.
  4. If you are adding a new profile, add a second, independent source for that profile. (For example, if you add a spouse because of a marriage record, then look for a birth or death record for the spouse you're adding.) (Note: The reason for this rule isn't to discourage you from adding people. But as you have probably already learned, even official documents frequently misspell names, so adding an independent confirmation of the name helps to save other researchers time in trying to find records that don't exist, because the person's real name was not the same as showed up in the linking document.)
  5. Answer that month's post, creating a numbered list, and including the two profiles and the kind of source you used to make the connection. (For example: "1. Smith-123 to Jones-456 - marriage".) You only need to reply once. As you make more connections, just edit your post to add your new connections. (See the Connectors Challenge July 2016 message.)
  6. If you make a connection which connects either an isolated profile or an unconnected tree to the main tree, please add "Connected!" at the end of the line which made the connection.
  7. The tally is of branches connected, not sources or profiles added. That said, if you can add a number of sources to a profile, all the better.
  8. If either or both profiles you connect did not have good sources before and already existed on WikiTree, then you can also count those sources towards the Sourcerers Challenge.


To see the top connectors, sort the table by clicking on the little arrows in the connections column. Clicking on it again once it sorts can change it from a top to bottom sort.

Last Name First Name Connections Notes
Adams Carolyn 5
ArringtonJayme42May 2017 Top Connector
Barber Janine 36
Bentley John 13
Byer Nikki 1
Cascio Justin 3
Czarowitz Jon 20
Dane Kyle 1
de BruynSusan
DeaPaulaAugust 2016 Top Connector
Eary Colleen 4
Glann Abby 5
Goodman Luci 1
Graves Connie 9
Hargrave Elizabeth 1
Harrell Kelley 1
Hughey David 26
Keeling Carol 77 May 2016, June 2016, November 2016 Top Connector
Keniston Bob 127 February 2017, March 2017 T-June 2017 Top Connector
Kline Star 13
Kohutek Edie 1
Lowman Laurie 12
Murray J 1
Nelson Jamie 31 July 2016 Top Connector
Parish Jim 4
Pearson Adam 3
Rassinot Isabelle 37
RedmondG.101September 2017, Oct/Nov 2017 Top Connector
Selvaggio-Diaz Luci 14
Shelley Richard 3
Slade Greg 176September 2016, October 2016 Top Connector
Smith Charlotte 259 December 2016 Top Connector
Smith Ellen 109 January 2017, April 2017 Top Connector
Smith Jillaine 1
SusnirJohn 3
Thomas Gillian 22T-June 2017 Top Connector
Tobo Karen 12
Wiemer Amy 4
WillerMichelle 2
Willis Valerie 1
Winter Elizabeth 53
Zimmerman Doug 3

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Connectors Challenge - Connections Made Per Month
Connectors Challenge - Connections Made Per Month

Connectors Challenge - Participation By Month
Connectors Challenge - Participation By Month

Connectors Challenge: Connections Made Per Month
Connectors Challenge: Connections Made Per Month

Connectors Challenge: Participation By Month
Connectors Challenge: Participation By Month

Connectors Challenge - Connections Made Per Month
Connectors Challenge - Connections Made Per Month

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On 16 Oct 2017 at 05:33 GMT G. Redmond wrote:

This page has not been updated since Jul 1st ... shouldn't it be updated every month to add the new connectors & challenge winners ???

I have been joining challenges recently but it seems really hard to get any appreciation from Wikitree. I have also volunteered to help fill in to update things like this ... but also got no response.

This is very discouraging to new users at Wikitree :(

On 2 May 2017 at 02:13 GMT Sarah (Murtaugh) Heiney wrote:

Howdy! This page looks great, I just wanted to comment to point out the accidental "ou're working on" typo in the middle of the page that broke your numbered list. Also, if you are so inclined, you can edit #1 to get rid of AJ Jacobs and Maureen O'Hara since they aren't on the connections thing anymore. Thank you guys for the awesome challenge and all the great work you do! :) ~Sarah