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Team Virginia — 2020 Connect-a-Thon

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Date: 17 Jul 2020 to 20 Jul 2020
Location: WikiTreemap
Surnames/tags: Virginia Kentucky West_Virginia
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Virginia Connectors

Amended Sticker Template

{{Recognition Sticker|category=Virginia Challenge Teams |image=US_State_Flag_Images-49.png|imagetext=Connectors |text={{#profile:RealName}} is a member of the Virginia Connectors Team for the [[Project:Connectors|Connect-a-Thon]] Challenge, Summer 2020}}

Welcome to the 2020 "Summer Connect-a-Thon"!

The Leaders for the 2020 Virginia Summer Connectors Team are:

We're your head cheerleaders, but I encourage everyone to play cheerleader to fellow members of Team Virginia! You can chat and cheer on our Google Chat Group.

The purpose of the Connect-a-Thon is to connect all the loose branches around WikiTree to our main Global Family Tree, which is what the Connectors Project does all the time.

Check out the main Team Virginia Summer Connect-a-Thon page for details on scoring and prizes.

Team Virginia Rocks
Team Members Actively Participating 18
Team Virginia Profiles Added2,638
Last update after Sunday 10am EDT / 2pm UTC


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{{Recognition Sticker|category=Virginia Challenge Teams |image=US_State_Flag_Images-49.png|imagetext=Connectors |text={{#profile:RealName}} is a member of the Virginia Connectors Team for the [[Project:Connectors|Connect-a-Thon]] Challenge, Summer 2020}}
produces this: (just copy and paste to your profile)
... is a member of the Virginia Connectors Team for the Connect-a-Thon Challenge, Summer 2020

The "official" Connect-a-Thon sticker is out now also:

{{Connect-a-Thon|team=The Virginia Connectors|year=2020|profiles=123}} will create this sticker:
... ... ... participated with The Virginia Connectors during the 2020 Connect-a-Thon, and added 123 connections.

Are you working on West Virginia or Kentucky? Use this flag image instead:

West Virginia: US_State_Flag_Images-51.png
Kentucky: US_State_Flag_Images-20.png

Connect-a-Thon Links


  1. Mindy Silva, Captain: registration post
  2. Sandy Patak, Captain: registration post
  3. William Foster registration post
  4. Elizabeth Coltrane registration post
  5. Liz Shifflett registration post
  6. Gurney Thompson registration post
  7. Susan Catalano registration post
  8. Mike Patak registration post
  9. Ellen Steger registration post
  10. Deena Cross registration post
  11. Michelle Rhodes registration post
  12. Bill Vincent registration post
  13. Pattie Plummer-Everett registration post
  14. Terri Jerkes registration post
  15. Brian Avery registration post
  16. Dan Mortimore registration post
  17. John Yates registration post
  18. Nancy Thomas registration post
  19. Perry Bartholow registration post
  20. Tia Foster registration post


Our goal is to decrease the number of profiles that are not connected to our big tree by adding relatives to existing profiles.

Plan of Action

The cut-off date for registering is midnight on Wednesday, July 17, 2020. This means there is plenty of time to tell a friend and grow our team (wink, wink). It's going to be a fun weekend adding profiles to the existing ones. Check out the tutorial!!


To talk to "just us", post a comment to this page or, use our Google Group where we can chat. You can post questions to the G2G for a wider audience: tag your question with virginia and connectors at least. For questions about the Connect-a-Thon, use the tag connect-a-thon.

How Does this Work?

  • Try the tutorial: Click HERE (This isn't a "walk-through." It's various help sections to make adding profiles easier)
  • Work from your Watchlist (My WikiTree menu in upper right then Watchlist). Click on "Edit Date" to move the oldest to the top and start looking for profiles that need parents, siblings or children!
  • Work from the Virginia Unconnected list. You don't need to connect anything here but it is a good place to find Virginia ancestors. These aren't connected to our Global Tree so they most likely don't have children and siblings attached. (Also: West Virginia, and Kentucky)
Hey - this way you get to help two things at once!
  • Help out other states with DBE 611 (Birth location in lower case)
  • However you do it just add, add, add! As long as you are connecting a relative to any existing profile on WikiTree you get a point for each one.

2020 Connect-a-thon Team Virginia MEMBERS & STATS

If you are new and come up with a nickname of your own you want to use let Mindy or Sandy know. If you are returning and want a new nickname for this Thon, let us know as well. If you have a picture you want used and it isn't on the chart let us know. It doesn't have to be your profile picture, it just needs to be on WikiTree somewhere. Let's have fun again!

List Number Photo Name Position See your contributions Total Profiles added
1Brian AveryBrianSee your work0
2Perry BartholowPerrySee your work4
3Susan CatalanoSusanSee your work17
4Elizabeth ColtraneBusy BettieSee your work66
5Deena CrossDazzling DeenaSee your work86
6 Tia FosterTerrific TiaSee your work13
7 William Foster WilliamSee your work11
8Terri JerkesTerriSee your work230
9Dan MortimoreDanSee your work3
10 Mike PatakMikeSee your work524
11 Sandy PatakSpeedy SandySee your work1172
12 Liz ShifflettLightweight LizzieSee your work111
13 Pattie Plummer-EverettPrecious PattieSee your work261
14 Michelle RhodesMichelleSee your work0
15 Mindy SilvaGedcom GrannySee your work483
16Nancy ThomasThoroughly NancySee your work145
17Gurney ThompsonGentle GurneySee your work244
18Ellen StegerElegant ElSee your work200
19 Bill Vincent Bad Boy BillSee your work768
20John YatesJohnSee your work58
Note: These totals are updated manually by me - once an hour as I can (if I'm awake and at home). On the hours there are Video Chats I may not update these. They are not automatically updated, see the Tracking Page if you want your current total. Thank you for your patience! And Rock On Team Virginia!!!
Last updated: Sunday 10am EDT / 2pm UTC was post-Thon
Congrats Team Virginia! 3rd place with 4,396 profiles connected!
(If the main tracker isn't updating: As long as you are adding profiles they will count - and will show up when Aleš restarts the main tracker.)

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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

Hiya Team,

We've had a suggested change in the template for those using the Team Virginia Thon sticker. Please adjust your profile if you use this sticker. If you need help, you can email me.

Boy do I miss you guys!

... is a member of the Virginia Connectors Team for the Connect-a-Thon Challenge, Summer 2020

See the top of the page for the amended sticker

posted by Mindy Silva
edited by Mindy Silva
Hi Mindy and all others of Team Virigina!

Congrats to you all! 3rd place, right? Wonderful!!

It was a pleasure again to compete with you all. We did a wonderful job, he?

Sweet regards from the Flying Dutch(wo-)men!

Legacy Heirs would like to thank you for helping us make the tree happier, stronger and more beautiful.
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
A big thanks from the Mighty Oaks for joining in the fun and adding 4.397 new profiles to WikiTree. It was an amazing weekend!
Sandy!! I just now saw that you were co-captain this year... THAT explains why you were cheering us on with status updates :D

Thanks so much to both you & Mindy for captaining a really fun ship!

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Truly, ALL credit goes to Mindy. She has the task of signing us all up, keeping track of all of us and motivating all of us. Seriously, she has all the work of organizing and keeping Team Virginia going throughout. I was just a cheerleader for Sunday. Well, and also, I wanted Team Virginia to jump up to 3rd place.  :)
posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Well done everyone!! So impressed with us :D

Third place with 4,396 & a respectable "normalized" score of 244 (which is used to level out the playing field a bit, between really big teams & smaller teams).

See the stats by Teams & Users here.

Special congratulations to our top five:

  1. Sandy M. Patak with 1,172 (65 "normalized"... I think it has to do with Sandy's share in our total)
  2. Bill Vincent with 768 (43)
  3. Mike O. Patak: 524 (29) - and so glad Sandy convinced you to join the fun :D
  4. Mindy L. Silva, Team Captain & Cheerleader Extraordinaire: 483 (27)
  5. Pattie A. Plummer-Everett: 261 (14)

And congrats to Gurney, Terri, and Ellen, who all hit 200. Nancy - you were way closer to 200 than I was, but I'm thrilled to have broken 100 with you!

Way to go to ALL Y'ALL! Each and every one helped improve WikiTree.

If you missed it in the hangout (I think either today's 8 am or 4 am hangout), WikiTree normally gains about 1000 unconnected profiles a day (I think it was a day) & that while last year's Connect-a-Thon lowered the number of unconnected profiles added, this year's not only compensated for all the new unconnecteds being added but decreased the number the base number.

See for links to the hangouts - pretty sure that you can watch the youtube ones, although I haven't figured out why on some you can see the chat and some you can't (it's more fun when you can).

Till next time everyone. Thanks for all you did this weekend, and all you do year round!

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hello Team. I’m in the states, EST so what time do I have until to try to add more profiles for the Thon? Anyone? Thanks all.

Susan Catalano, Team Virginia

The event runs until Monday at 8:00 AM EDT, July 20, 2020.

Are you getting the emails too?

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
8 am EDT, Monday Morning. (Sleep is just a luxury.)
posted by Bill Vincent Ph.D.
1,923 profiles connected by Team Virginia and we're holding strong in 4th place! Way to go Team. If you aren't in the Google Group be sure to check out the updated stats.


posted by Mindy Silva
i have to call it quits for today. See everyone tomorrow. Unfortunately, not sure I will have as much time but can still do a few.
posted by Nancy Thomas
501 Profiles added and we're in 8th place now. Go Team!!
posted by Mindy Silva
Hi team members,

If you didn't just receive the link to the kickoff chat on YouTube that means you are not listed in the Google Group, or not marked as receive all emails. Please let me know if I need to add you (I'll need your email) or fix your settings.

Gooooo Team Virginia!!


posted by Mindy Silva
I didn't receive it. Nancy Thomas
posted by Nancy Thomas
I am so confused by this. I am still showing nothing above and on Google you said I only had three so far but I have six. What counts and what doesn't???
and to really confuse me, I add 6 people but my stats now show 8.