Northwest Terriers

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Date: 17 Jun 2020 [unknown]
Location: Ohio Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesotamap
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This is the page for the ‘’’Northwest Terriers,’’’ dedicated to profile additions and improvements for the states formed from the original Northwest Territory. We compete in WikiTree’s Clean-a-Thon, Source-a-Thon, Scan-a-Thon, and Connect-a-Thon events.

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Northwest Terriers

This is a new group, focusing on adding, completing, and connecting profiles of people with roots or shoots in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin and Minnesota: those who had at least one documentable life event in one of those states. These might include birth, marriage, death or census. If you are uncertain which profile and profile changes count during a ‘Thon, here’s a helpful link: What Counts?
And here's the link to the United States "Unsourced" pages: Unsourced by State

Let’s celebrate the contributions these mid-westerners made to the country! Remember, every fact has a source, or it’s fiction! Join us!

Contact Team Captain Jean Andrews with questions or to sign up. You know how terriers are! Once we get our teeth into something, we don’t let go until it’s finished!

The Northwest Terriers "mascot", the Traveling Terrier, sits beneath the caption "Northwest Terriers".  In the upper right corner is the WikiTree DNA tree logo, and beneath it is the people carrying files logo for the Scan-a-Thon.  To the left of the DNA tree is the puzzle-piece tree logo for the Connect-a-Thon, and in the left corner is the people carrying folders logo for the Source-a-Thon.  Beneath that is the people with cleaning implements (a duster, broom, bucket and paint roller) logo for the Clean-a-Thon.
Northwest Terriers Challenges Team


Team Members for the Connect-a-Thon

Traveling Terrier with Connect-a-Thon puzzle tree. Check out our Connect-a-Thon page for more information!

Team Members for the Source-a-Thon

Traveling Terrier with Source-a-Thon people with folders. Check out our Source-a-Thon page for current team members and more information!

Team Members for the Clean-a-Thon

Traveling Terrier with Clean-a-Thon people with cleaning tools.

Team Members for the Scan-a-Thon

Traveling Terrier with Scan-a-Thon people with piles of scanned files.

Links to "How're We Doing?"

Links to Handy Apps

  • Ancestry Citation Builder for Image
    • A form you can use to create a citation for a record/image/media found on that can be used as a Wikitree citation. Also adds a link to a free-to-view image so that non-Ancestry-subscribing Wikitreers can view the original source. (Highly recommended!)
      • Link to profile built with above app (so you can see how it works): (Marcoux-401)
  • Here's a shortcut inline source for FindAGrave: "Full name as on memorial (life-dates)": {{FindAGrave | memorial#}}
    • For example, here's a link to my uncle's memorial, just to give you an idea of how it looks and works: "Mervin Lewis Kirch (1914-1980)": Find A Grave: Memorial #11618934

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Thank you Northwest Terriers Team for your participation in the 2023 Source-a-Thon from your friends on Team Nordic Noir! We appreciate all of your contributions to the global tree and look forward to participating with you in the next WikiTree Thon.

Jeffrey (Wall -7415), Captain for Team Nordic Noir

posted by Jeffrey Wall
Thank you for participating in the October 2023 Source-a-Thon, and contributing to the accuracy of our global tree!

See you at the next marathon! Azure, Sondra, & the Western Red Cedars

posted by Azure Robinson
From the Mighty Oaks teams to your, team thanks for joining in the Sourcing weekend. We all did a great job this weekend, thank you, a job well done, we hope you had fun.

Thanks again for this weekend, you rock

Joan, Janet, Maddy and Fran

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Rocky the Appalachian

From our team, Appalachia Roots, to yours, thanks for joining in a fun Sourcing weekend!

We had a great time participating with all your members. They were awesome! Can't wait to do it again at the next Thon in 2024.


Patty & Sandy - Appalachia Roots Co Captains

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Sign me up for Northwest Terriers
posted by Brittany Kaylor
Team Dutch Genealogists is thanking you for the great collaboration during this Source-a-Thon. We are happy with the improvement of our One World Tree, we did great. As WikiTree veterans, it was good to be back again, and enjoying this weekend together.

Warm regards on behalf of all of the Dutch Genealogists,

Margreet and Joan

Dutch Genealogists says "Thank you".
posted by Joan Hollander
Huge thanks from the Mighty Oaks Roots and Branches for your contributions in the 2022 Source-a-Thon!

We all had a good time and hope to see you in the next Thon :)

Mighty Oaks

Joan, Janet, Maddy and Fran

Thank you for your contributions to the Source A Thon 2022 from your cousins the Welsh Dragons!


posted by Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby
Thank you to all on Team Northwest Terriers for all yeer sourcing during Source-a-Thon 2022! Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!

Thanks to all our efforts there are now 63,445 less unsourced profiles in our shared tree.

We hope to see ye in future 'thons!

- Feargal, Jen and all the Irish Seanchaithe.
posted by Feargal Hennigan
Thank you for participating in the October 2022 Source-a-Thon, and contributing to the accuracy of our global tree!

See you at the next marathon!

Azure, Sondra, & the Western Red Cedars

posted by Azure Robinson
What a fantastic Source-a-Thon!

.Team Virginia thanks you for sourcing profiles during the Thon!!! It was a blast! We look forward to seeing you at the next one.

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posted by Mindy Silva

Well, it was a fun weekend, we hope you enjoyed yourself. Thank you for joining the fun. The total overall figure was 56,972 profiles sourced.

Thanks again for this weekend, we look forward to working with you on the next Thon

Mighty Oaks

Thank you Northwest Terriers for participating in the 2021 Source-a-Thon. You added 356 sources and made our global tree healthier in the process. It was an honor to work with you!

Mindy Silva & Sandy Patak

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posted by Mindy Silva
Thanks for participating in this year's Source-a-Thon!

Western Red Cedars

posted by Azure Robinson

Good Luck this weekend from the Mid-Atlantic Team!

The Mighty Oaks wish you the best in your endeavor to connect our global tree. Thank you, for helping improve its health. We're looking forward to another fun weekend Thon! We'll see you there.

The Mighty Oaks thank you for the sources you added to WikiTree during the Source-a-Thon. We appreciate all that you did! It was another great showing of community collaboration. We hope you had fun and are looking forward to the next thon.

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in the 2020 Source-A-Thon for the Northwest Terriers! Like our namesake, we may be small, but we're mighty and we hold on! We had only 11 people, but we came in 15th (out of 25), and we sourced 1,215 previously unsourced profiles from the Northwest Territory states. Leading the pack was Kathy Z, with a whopping 716, closely followed by Faith V, with 176. Again, thank you all. You're fantastic!


posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
Wanted to let everyone know they should check their local library's website. I found out this month that my library has access from home for free thru the end of the year and yours might too!
posted by Faith (Waite) Vittitoe
We at Nor'Easters wish you the best of luck in the 2020 Source-a-thon. Just over 8 hours to go before we kick it into high gear. And remember, HAVE FUN!!!!!
posted by Steven Tibbetts
The crew of the Flying Dutchmen is wishing you a wonderful 5th S-a-Th! Just hoping for breaking records. :D

Team Flying Dutchmen-Vliegende Hollanders
The Mighty Oaks send best wishes for the Source-a-Thon. Have fun and thank you for wanting to make our global tree healthier!
Team Missouri looks forward to working with you on this year's Source-a-thon.

Best of luck and most importantly, have fun!!!

Good Luck and have lots of fun this weekend during the Source -a- Thon

Team Springbokke

Thanks for all the hard work done making connections on our tree, during this year's Connect-a-Thon!

Hope to see you all at the next marathon!

~ Western Red Cedars

posted by Azure Robinson
I wanted to share my best connection I made. We didn't have much genealogy on my husband's side. We knew as far as his grandparents and in one case great grandmother. I took a break from my side and found records that lead me to Sarah (Botkin) Malcom who tied into the bigger tree! First big connection for his side. The branch she connected to can go back to 1380! Henry Bodkin She was born 1857 and is my husband's great great grandmother.
posted by Faith (Waite) Vittitoe
Wow! That is such great news! I know how it feels to break down a brick wall and finally see sunshine on the other side. Congratulations!

And thank you so much for your efforts this past weekend. You were the team point leader!

posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
The Virginia Connectors thank you for the 388 new profiles you added to WikiTree during the Connect-a-Thon. It was another great showing of community collaboration and we appreciate all that you did!
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posted by Mindy Silva
A big thanks from the Mighty Oaks for joining in the fun and adding 388 new profiles to WikiTree. It was an amazing weekend!
Am I doing something wrong? Just for fun, I checked the history of some of the highest scorers. Looks like they are adding a profile every minute! Are they uploading GEDCOMS? Only putting in the minimum one source? It takes me at least 15 minutes to exhaust all easily found sources and get the citations cut and pasted. Am I supposed to be just getting profiles added as quickly as possible with the minimum one source and pretty it up later?
posted by Sue Eshelman
Are you aware of the app for chrome called Wikitree X? Here is the link to the Wikitree Help file on it.

It allows you to add a profiles from all the major sites including FindAGrave, but without full citations for the sources. I've been using it a lot today from

posted by Karen (Rollet) Lorenz
Just read it over. Sounds scary to me. The amount of wrong information on Family Search is incredible (example: while I am willing to believe my grandfather might have had a wife and child none of us knew about before he met my grandmom, I refuse to believe he did this at the age of 8 and I don't believe my Moorehead line can be traced back to Jacob bin Judah), and it doesn't save much time if all the sources and dates must be checked. I may as well do my own search and add sources manually.
posted by Sue Eshelman
I only have as many as I have due to a printed family genealogy that I recently started inputting / sourcing. I heard of the connect-a-thon and held off adding people til this weekend. I agree with your take on the info on familysearch. The profiles there are a good jumping off point but people add sources that make no sense. I like picking at all the threads and suggestions there to see what rabbit holes I can go down. For this weekend I ended up with a bunch of profiles looking like Mildred Waite just listing a bunch of sources but definitely not all the sources I could find if I really dug. Now I have alot of work to go back and do. I'd rather they be more like Alexander McKinley though I still need to figure out how to cite a source multiple times and only have it list once in the source list.
posted by Faith (Waite) Vittitoe
edited by Faith (Waite) Vittitoe

No, you are not doing ANYTHING wrong at all! At least, not in my mind and from my perspective. I don't really think it's super important for us to "win" anything, but rather to improve our own family trees by adding in "collateral" lines that make it easier for others to "find" the people we add and tie in.

I'm adding slowly, too. But one way to possibly "speed things up" a bit is to add the whole family (if you don't already have them) from a census or church record. Then I copy the first properly formatted source from "dad," paste it on a note pad, and go about adding the kids with the same source. That way I don't have to format each source for each person.

Another way to speed things up a bit is to check the "similar records" that show up on Family Search when you find "person A" and add those sources when you're working on one particular person. Or, if that person has a "linked to family tree" symbol on the record, you can see what sources have been used on that family tree, click on the link, and add that source. If you do this, however, be extra careful to make sure it's the person you're actually working on. As you said, there are LOTS of errors on FS!

I am soooooo happy with everyone on this team! I've checked the "History" link (on the Score Sheet) on everyone at the end of each day, and you are ALL doing a fabulous job! IMHO, anyhow! (BTW, if you're interested, you can check that "History" link on anyone to see how and what they're adding. I think some people have things "qued up" that they save for these contests. I'm not that organized!)

posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
edited by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
That makes me feel so much better. Maybe I will save up for the next one too. I'm not super organized but if I have everything laid out on my personal tree software it would make it go faster.
posted by Sue Eshelman
OMG! I just found the Ancestry citation builder app and the tutorial for creating a free, shareable ancestry link. Where has this been all my life?!
posted by Sue Eshelman
Good morning, Terriers! It's a new day here in Missouri, and there are people to add! You have all done a FABULOUS job so far! We are one of the smaller teams in this Thon, but my, we're busy!

I will be around most of the next 10-12 hours. Hope I get to pick up my share to add to our points today, since I lagged yesterday. I was pretty busy just keeping up with housekeeping here on the site.

posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
Gentle Reminder: Every profile you enter MUST have a checkable source (not something like "personal knowledge" or "family tree handed down to Joe Doe.") Please try to find something—a census record, a vital record (birth, marriage, death, burial) or at the very least a published source (county history biography, documented genealogy source, church record)—that you can cite that is NOT behind a pay wall (membership required to see source). All census records (except the special schedules, like Mortality, Agriculture, DD&I) are available free on Family Search, and are much better to cite (with link copied from the "Information" tab or the "Document Information" section). If you cite FAG, please link to the memorial specifically, and don't just say "Find A Grave."

There are lots of experienced Wiki-Tree members on this team and I'm sure they'll help you out with any questions. Just ask! Good hunting and linking!

posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
edited by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
I don't know what I'm doing wrong with Family Search but all my searches there come up a big fat "0". If anything at all comes up for the person it tells me I have to go to a FHCL to see it- not that one can find one open nowadays, so I had given up on it. I'll give it another try. Or it gives 27,000+ hits the first couple hundred having nothing to do with the persson I was searching for. Any attempt to narrow it down by adding a middle initial or restricting location results in 0 hits. It's the reason I shelled out the cash for Ancestry last month. I used to like FS, I don't know what happened in the few months I've not used it.
posted by Sue Eshelman
edited by Sue Eshelman
Just did a FS lookup. Found only 3 census records and FAG. On Ancestry I found an obituary, marriage license, death certificate, birth certificates for him and his children and another census record. A profile that contains only a couple census records and FAG seems poorly sourced to me.
posted by Sue Eshelman
Sue, can you give me a link to that profile so I can look at it and try to figure out what's happening? I also have an Ancestry account, and that is frequently my "first search," since they seem to have better "hints." But I can nearly always find the same source on FS to use as the citation.
posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
edited by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
Sorry. I don't even remember which one it was now. Others have been doing better though.
posted by Sue Eshelman
How does this apply to living relatives?
Hi, Sandy,

It's my understanding that living relatives can be sourced IF there are sources available (maybe birth or marriage record online, or maybe military record), but since no one who is not on your trusted list can even see the profile, just do your best.

At least that's my advice. Someone on the team with more experience might be of more help.

posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
If I already added someone with "family genealogy" will they count if I go back and add a family search source? I only had 5 this applies to...
posted by Faith (Waite) Vittitoe
I'm not sure how the "count" gets tabulated, but a nicely-sourced profile is always the goal. That "counts" more in my book than the points in a Thon. :D
posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
Good point -I had used a personal category to mark they needed more sources in excitement but then realized since I like pulling the threads of records I'd switch approaches.
posted by Faith (Waite) Vittitoe
I think I misunderstood you anyway. You aren't saying ALL sources have to be from a non paywall site? As many as I can find is good so long as at least a couple are non pay?
posted by Sue Eshelman
I'm not saying that ANY sources HAVE to be from free sites, Sue. I'm just suggesting that as many source citations as possible come from sources easily accessible/available to anyone, even if they don't have a membership at Ancestry or at Newspapers. For example, if you have a membership and locate an obituary there, it would be really nice to cite it from the source ( AND clip it and add as a "Photo" to the profile. ( does not claim copyright on obituaries, so you're not breaking any laws, and that allows others to see the actual obit.)

Does this take extra time? Yes. Will it be greatly appreciated by those who land on the page searching for info? You bet! But it's all up to you, as PM, to decide to what lengths you wish to go. No profile is ever, in my mind, complete and finished; there's always some fact or source found later that can be added. But at some point, I think we all just decide "finis" and go on to the next.

posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
Well this is embarrassing. I took today off work so I could devote the day to this but... I wrecked my truck on the way home from work yesterday. Have to leave in a few to see if we can find used driver side door plus rear suicide door for my old Silverado. If not, I will have to total it.
posted by Sue Eshelman
Oh no! I am so sorry, Sue, but VERY happy that you appear to be not hurt! This is a small thing (this challenge) in anybody's world. Take care of yourself and your family first. We will be thinking of you.
posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
Im back. Turns out he cant do it today. Supposed to get back to me with an estimate today and fix it Monday. Yeah I'm fine. Nothing hurt but my pride. It was a really dumb mistake.
posted by Sue Eshelman
I'm glad you are okay. Better your truck getting injured than you. Good luck in the car door hunting.
posted by Karen (Rollet) Lorenz
Hi from England! Have we started? I am ahead of you by 5 hours. So not sure if the additions for the challenge will be counted yet.

I was born in Ohio as were many of my relatives. First timer for this sort of challenge. Not so sure how this works, but willing to give it ago.

Yes. It was to start at 8 am EDT and I have 8:16 EDT right now. Have fun!
posted by Sue Eshelman
edited by Sue Eshelman
Thanks so much!!

Right, here we go!

Hello team!

Looking forward to a great connect-a-thon. I'm from Michigan and, among other things, will be working on many of the Unknown profiles that I found LNAB for.

posted by Karen (Rollet) Lorenz
Hi, Carole

I was also born in central Ohio and spent a lot of time in Knox County before moving out to Arizona. A lot of my mothers relatives lived in Licking County while my fathers ancesters lived mostly in Franklin County.

posted by Dave Dardinger
This is exactly the region many of my family is from. Looking forward to the Connect-a-thon!
posted by Faith (Waite) Vittitoe
Hi, Faith,

Have you registered for the Connect-a-Thon? If not, go to this link, at the very tippy-top of the page, click the ANSWER button on Eowyn's original post (make sure you're logged into WikiTree) and type "I'm in, and I'll join the Northwest Terriers."

Glad to have you!!

posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
Greetings from Michigan to the rest of the Old Northwest!
posted by Thomas Fuller Jr
Greetings, Thomas! Hope you join us to help add to the tree this challenge!
posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes