Dust Busters

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Date: 28 Sep 2018 to 1 Oct 2018
Surnames/tags: source-a-thon Dust_Busters data_doctors
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Welcome to Team Dust Busters!
We are a team who works by names, families and/or locations. For the Source-a-Thon
this means each member will source by surname(s), families and/or location(s) of their choice.

When Do We Start and Finish?
Technically, it kicks off at 08:00 AM EDT, on Friday morning, Sep 28
and ends at 08:00 AM EDT Monday morning, EDT Oct 1.

The registration cut-off is Thursday, September 27, at 11:59 pm, EDT


Team: Dust_Busters

NEW: Sept. 28 - Oct 1, 2018 Source-A-Thon

Questions ?

Start at: Help:Source-a-Thon OR Source-a-Thon

It's great to have you on Team: Dust Busters!

  • This team is unique in that we can each pick what Unsourced Profiles we want to work on! Some of us will start with our own Surname or WatchList, some with specific locations, such as individual US States, some will work off the big Unsourced List, while others may choose to work on profiles from a specific time period or a project. There are plenty to choose from!
  • WE START at 08:01 EDT ON SEP 28 AND END 08:00 EDT ON OCT 1. This means if you live in the USA Central Time Zone, you will be starting at 07:01 AM on Friday Sep 28 and ending Monday 07:00 AM October 1. This link will help you translate these times into your Time Zone:

Members & their plans for the weekend

  • Kimberly McComb - McComb, Sessions, Parnell, Weaver, Olson, Aston, Beck, & Ward Surnames. IF I have any time left I'm going to start on some of my biological family's surnames including Curtis, Parchman, Westphal, Buck, & Pfundheller.
  • Chet Snow - Starting with Unsourced "Snow" name profiles
  • Patricia Roche - Will work on 1800's USA profiles
  • Elizabeth X - Washington State profiles
  • Melissa Mutimer - Family and Georgia profiles
  • Kathy Hoch - I will start with the Unsourced Profiles and see where it goes.
  • Nanette Pezzutti - Starting with Indiana, then other US States
  • Emily Holmberg - My Watchlist
  • Amber Brosius - Start with some Filbys connected to my own family, then move on to the lists of unsourced people, looking at US states, England, and perhaps Luxembourg.
  • Barbara Schmidt - checking the Mecklenburg region then moving on to last names NICOLAUS, TZRASKOWSKI and KOPPETSCH. I only have the Friday, I guess that is enough
  • Susanna Dodgson - I will be adding onto the Blossfeld-Noerdlinger-Loewi lines in Germany and adding what I can to the Uprichard-McMordie-McKibben lines in Belfast. I will be in and out - we have a Quaker retreat - probably doing most work Sunday evening.
  • Aleš Trtnik - I will try to do a few sources. I will look into ways to automate adding sources or at least source hints, that could mean a lot in the future. I was already playing with that based on FAG but due to its reputation, I gave up on that. I will look into FS this time.
  • Kevin Lalor -
  • Alice O'Dea - Starting in Genesee County, New York
  • JoAnn Cianfrocco -
  • J Ulshafer -
  • Charles Comerlatto
  • Brian Reed

SUGGESTIONS WHERE TO START: You can choose your own Surname (or any Surname) by going to a profile with that Surname and using the "My WikiTree" pull down tab - upper right side. Look for "Surnames" and click there; go down to "Unsourced **** Profiles" and you have a list. This pull down tab gives you all the Surnames back to your Great-Grandparents if they are on WikiTree.

Another way to find this list is to use this Link: (Substitute your name for "Snow" in the above link).

You can also use the "Research" option under the "WikiTree-ID" pull down tab if you use WikiTree+ . See the Video for how to use that option.

About Our Team Members

  • Kimberly McComb - I just realized I asked everybody to introduce themselves but I didn’t introduce myself :-) I have been on WikiTree since about 2015 and have really dug in over the past year working on more than just my own ancestors. I am currently a member of the Adoption Angels, Data Doctors, Greeters, US Civil War, Alabama Roots and I have joined the McCombe One Name Study and the Puritan Great Migration projects. I’ve never been a co-leader or leader for a Source-A-Thon before so have patience with me and definitely offer suggestions if there is something I can improve on. Looking forward to competing with y’all!
  • Chet Snow - Since I discovered that I am a descendant of 2 "Mayflower" passengers from 1620, with significant Quaker and French Huguenot roots in other parts of my family tree, as well as being descended (some lines still unproven) from all of the Magna Carta Barons, I have concentrated on those areas of our One World Tree and currently Lead the Huguenot Migration Project. I also am a Data Doctor. I love that WikiTree is Free and Open to All, and that we collaborate on improving and confirming mutual ancestor profiles. I am honored to join Kimberly in co-leading this Source-A-Thon team.
  • Patricia Roche - Joined WikiTree about four years ago and have been working on the data_doctor project for a couple years. Most of my WikiTree time is spent working on duplicate profiles, with short breaks to correct place names or prefix errors. When not fixing data_doctor errors, I enjoy expanding my tree twig, connecting to other families.
  • Elizabeth X - I joined Wikitree a few years ago and fell in love with it. I've met lots of distant relatives through Wikitree. I do like researching people that no one else cares about.
  • Melissa Mutimer - I live in Georgia and have been researching my family since I was a young girl. Right now, I volunteer on data doctors and sourcerers. I am a member of the McAlpin one name study, and the Mayflower project. I also work on the "Unknowns," I find it very satisfying to track down all the lost maiden names.
  • Emily Holmberg - I currently live in Western Massachusetts. My family settled in East Tennessee prior to or after the American Revolution. I grew up listening to my Grandmothers, Mom, and Aunt having discussions of who married who and how various people were related.
  • Barbara Schmidt - I live in Frankfurt, Germany and research my family for over 20 years now, starting at around 20. In addition to my german family I have some branches emigrating to the US, UK and Australia. According to my DNA test I am 50% Germanic and the other 50% share Eastern European, Scandinavian and Western European.. no surprise there.
  • Alice O'Dea - I was born and raised in rural Western New York and currently live in Chattanooga, TN. I'm just getting started in genealogy, so have a lot to learn!

Participation: Adding Sources and Counting Sourced Profiles

Participating means removing profiles from the Unsourced Profiles category. They cannot be profiles that you created or ones created this week.

Select an Open (white) profile from anywhere in the category or one of its subcategories and search for sources to back up the facts of the person's life.

Valid sources include Census Records, BMD records/index references, military documents, land documents, wills, etc. etc. A source cannot be another family tree, such as Geni or an Ancestry Member Tree - if such a tree has valid sources, cite them!

If you find a valid source:
  1. Edit the profile to add the source, according to our Sources guide.
  2. Remove the {{Unsourced}} Research Note Box tag.
  3. Remove any in-line Reference that says "A source for this information is needed." or similar. You can replace it with your newly-added Source!
  4. Save the Profile and click the Challenge Tracker button.
  5. On the Challenge Tracker, select the Source-a-Thon checkbox.
  1. Visit the Source-a-Thon Instruction Video
    for a step-by-step walkthrough of these instructions.

If you don't find a source after searching, please add a Research Notes section to the profile. Say where you have looked and sign your comment with four tildes (~~~~) so it is dated. For example: "Looked for John in the US Census records for 1900-1940 and couldn't find him on FamilySearch or Ancestry." This way the next researcher knows where to start.

For more details:

  • Do NOT work on ANY profiles created on 23 Sep. 2018 or later. They will NOT count, nor will profiles YOU just now created without Sources.


How to do it

1. Choose a profile to work on from Unsourced Profiles .
2. Click on the Status button at the right-hand side and check to see what others have already done, if anything.
3. Find at least ONE valid Source and add it to the Profile - don't forget to remove the "Unsourced Category" and any Footnote that demands a Source. OR choose an option to explain why no valid Source seems available. If the profile isn't one that you manage, be very careful about any "corrections" you make and explain your changes in the box provided.
4. If you still want some more instruction, review these 2 pages:

How To Get Credit For Your Corrections

1. After adding a Source, click on the Challenge Tracker for the Source A Thon - top of page.
2. Be sure to enter your WikiTree ID in the box that says "Status Set By WikiTree ID"
3. Choose the appropriate status and add a comment if needed.
4. Click the ADD button at the bottom to save it. When saved, it will appear in the status history.

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From sunny South Africa (Team Springboks)

To all members congratulations and well done !! We had a lot of fun sourcing and hanging out with you.. You rock !!!

Félicitations from Team Acadia for all your hard work improving the tree this weekend! We had beaucoup fun trying to compete with y'all. Thanks for all you do!

Joyce and Steff

posted by Stephanie Ward
Congratulations from Team Massachusetts. Together we improved over 72,000 profiles. Another great Source-a-Thon. Maybe next year we can hit 100,000. Source On by participating in the monthly Sourcerers Challenge.
posted by Bob Keniston Jr.
Hi everyone thanks for a great Source-a-Thon 2018 ! Team Flying Dutchmen-Vliegende Hollanders
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Congratulations from the Windsor Warriors for all your amazing contributions to the tree this weekend. We had a lot of fun hanging out with you guys. Thanks for all you do.

Susie and Wendy :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
I believe it is 8 AM EDT and that means that the 2018 Source A Thon is officially OVER! Congratulations to all Dust Busters members who participated - our total of 750 profiles sourced may not be the highest but I would stack up the Quality of our work against any Team out there. Go Dust Busters and THANK YOU to all who participated! Now for some sleep!!
posted by Chet Snow
I'm going to bed. Thanks for a great SaT!
posted by Elizabeth x
Help! If all you have is person's name and possible birth year plus one relation, this case a son, and you find a possible record-is there a best way to determine to add it as a source. In this case a found Armed Force Grave registration for son with correct name for father. Found some possible census records but the father was older than possible birth date would suggest.
posted by Kathy (O'Brien) Hoch
I will start with the Unsourced Profiles and see where it goes.
posted by Kathy (O'Brien) Hoch
Best wishes for a Great Source-a-Thon from Team Virginia!
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett

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