Team Tennessee Volunteers 2020 Scan - A - Thon

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Date: 10 Jan 2020 to 13 Jan 2020
Location: Jonesborough, Tennesseemap
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Welcome to Team Tennessee!!
Team Tennessee!!
Team Tennessee Volunteers!!
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January 10 -13, 2020, is our first annual Scan-a-Thon. Our mission: to scan and share all those old family photos and other items that have been piling up! !

In January we will have our first annual 72-hour scanning marathon, to parallel our fun and successful annual Source-a-Thons and Spring Clean-a-Thons.

Our mission: to scan and share all those old family photos and other items we've been meaning to get to!

The party starts Friday morning, January 10, at 8 AM (ET) and runs until Monday, January 13, at 8 AM (ET). (Eastern Standard Time is GMT -5.) We're encouraging genealogists from all over the world to participate at the same time.

Will you join us?

Here's the link to register:

To register, just click the ANSWER button and say "Sign me up!" or whatever and include a few words about your location or genealogical interests. This will enable us to match you with a team.

If you're already part of a team from a previous challenge and want to stay on it, mention that. Not all teams are available for the Scan-a-Thon so you may not end up on the same one. The current teams are listed here. More may be added.

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It's easier than ever to join in the fun. Participation means uploading original images to WikiTree person profiles or free-space profiles. If you don't have boxes of unscanned photos laying around (like some of us do!) you can still participate. Examples of other items that can be scanned and uploaded:

• Letters • Postcards • Ephemera • Funeral Cards • Primary Documents

If you don't have a scanner, there are apps like Genius Scan and JoyFlips that are free and function like a scanner. See Greg Slade's G2G post for more information. Here is the post link":

Please be sure to read the rules of participation. Here is the link to the rules of participation: Thanks!

Only upload images once

Images should only be uploaded once. If you have different resolutions of the same image, upload the higher-resolution version. However, note that images cannot be over 10MB. If there is more than one person in a photo, identify the additional people on the image edit page after uploading it.

For more info, see our our Photos FAQ.

Only original images

The challenge is limited to original images, i.e. images that you have scanned, photographed or otherwise obtained yourself. Images downloaded from other websites should not be counted.

This does mean that it will be harder to participate if you don't have photos and documents that need to be scanned. You might consider asking family members, contacting a local library or historical society, or coordinating with your team members to find other sources.

Only 10 images per profile

WikiTree isn't meant for storing large collections of family photos. If everyone scanned all their childhood photos and put them on WikiTree we couldn't remain a free website. Other websites are designed for photo storage. We are a genealogy website.

Therefore, we have made the rule that only the first 10 uploads to a profile count. That is, if you're uploading more than 10 photos of the same person, only the first 10 will count toward your Scan-a-Thon score.

Only Public and Open profiles

The only images that will count are those uploaded to Public and Open profiles. Private images will not be counted.

Always respect copyrights

See the Legal Genealogist's "Copyright and the old family photo." If you aren't sure if something counts post your question in this G2G thread [coming soon].


Tracking and reporting will be done automatically. You can track your progress as well as that of the other participants here:


Every registered participant will get a Scan-a-Thon badge.

The 10 participants who upload the most original images over the 72-hour period will get a Scan-a-Thon Winner badge, as will all the participants of the winning team. There are no prizes for winning — just the badge, bragging rights, and the community's appreciation.

We are also planning a Profile Sticker that you can put on your profile after the race is over to show number of images uploaded and your final position.

Here is your team page:

Here is your team G2G chat thread:


We're hosting video chats every 3 hours. Join us! Here's the schedule:

We'll announce winners there also. We're doing random drawings for a unique Scan-a-Thon t-shirt or mug so tune in to see if you win!

We also have a Google Calendar you can add if you'd like to get reminders before each chat. You can find that here.


We thought it would be fun to share photos of ourselves scanning over the weekend! You can post one of you in this G2G post: . You can also share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just be sure to use #wikitree in your post so we can find out.

Participants are eligible for a Scan-a-Thon t-shirt or mug.

We will do random drawings in the 2 PM (ET) hangouts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to pick the winners.


Any questions can be asked on your team chat thread or on the official G2G Scan-a-Thon Question thread:

It will have other helpful links and announcements, as well.


If you're a Facebook member, please tell your friends and family what you're doing this weekend. This helps spread the word about WikiTree. Maybe share your Scanning Selfie! :)

Keep Calm and Scan On at WikiTree this weekend!

Team Members

  1. Linda Barnett Team Captain
  2. Judy Bramlage
  3. Geneadiva Mere
  4. Lynnette Hettrick
  5. Marie Wallner

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Good Morning,

Our team is small this time. I will be at my regular JOB today but will try to upload some over the weekend. I just don't think I have that many documents that are ready to be uploaded, but we will see. Whatever you do, just have fun!

posted by M. (Tull) Meredith
Hey folks, I've joined a different team for this one but wanted to pop in and wish y'all good luck!
posted by Beverly (Lamb) Swann
Beverly, We will miss you so much! Have fun with your new team!
posted by M. (Tull) Meredith