Location: New Zealand, UK
Surnames/tags: Clean-A-Thon new_zealand The_Kiwi_Crew
Chat Page for the 2018 Clean-a-thon
The 2018 Spring Clean-a-thon is now calling for participants, so if there is anyone either from NZ or who wants to support NZ, who wants to join us, please sign up on the below thread. Thank you.
This Clean-a-thon will be happening over the weekend of April 21-23, (Sat-Mon) except that in NZ those hours will be from 4 pm Saturday 21st to 4 pm Tuesday 24th.
The reason for these hours is so that everyone does this all at the same time for 3 days from start to finish.
My name is Robynne Lozier and I am the Captain of the New Zealand team. As you can see, we call ourselves the Kiwi Crew. While I currently live in Canada, I was born and raised in NZ until I emigrated in November 2000.
Graeme Olney has been co-opted as Co-captain for the 2018 clean-a-thon, because he is the Database Errors expert and I am not.
The Results from the 2017 Clean-a-thon can be seen below - in case you are interested.
Please note that there is now a new tag for the clean-a-thon. Please add it to your tag list so you get all the news. You can replace the source-a-thon tag if you need to.
Please also note that I have moved the Database Errors link closer to the top of this page. It is now immediately below this section. The Clean-a-thon will be working on cleaning up the database errors.
Here is a tutorial on HOW to clean up database errors.
Here is a link to the Video Chats that happen during the event if you want to see/hear what's happening.
The 2018 Clean-A-Thon is now over and you can read some of the amazing Statistics on this G2G post. https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/599663/have-you-seen-the-stats-from-our-clean-a-thon The Kiwi Crew ended up in 4th Place - which was a phenomenal effort. Team Members can be VERY PROUD of their work!!
The Next Thon is the 2018 Source-a-thon due for October.
Link to find Database Errors for New Zealand
The below link is to find any and all errors on Wikitree. We will not be restricted to just NZ this year. It has been decided that the Kiwi Crew team can work on any category of errors from anywhere on Wikitree that they choose. NZ simply does not have enough simple errors to clear out without having to do the sourcing as well.
For the Non-dynamic (dont update as you work on the suggestions) lists look here - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:DBE_Errors_By
To create your own dynamic reports Look here - http://wikitree.sdms.si/default.htm
and just in case you missed it the Spring Clean-a-thon Tutorial - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Spring_Clean-a-Thon_Tutorial
One last reminder of what to do to clear these suggestions or errors, before the Clean-a-thon starts - You don't use the tracker at the top of the profile after saving like we did for the source-a-thon. Instead, you use the status button from the error report. Click on the status button after clearing the error, pick the status, click save, and boom, automatic point. Nothing else is necessary for keeping track.
Calling all NEW ZEALANDERS and anyone with NZ ancestry who want to be part of a Challenge team for Wikitree challenges. Even if your partner or spouse is a kiwi and you are not, then feel free to sign up if you wish. Especially if you are doing their NZ genealogy.
Instead of being just the New Zealand Team, we are THE KIWI CREW. Thanks to Fiona Gilliver for our new Team Name. Thanks to Graeme Olney for the Silver Fern Background and Many Thanks to Campbell Braddock for our wonderful Kiwi Crew Logo!!
Whenever there are Challenges, Sprints and Thons, for activities such as Data Doctoring (fixing up Errors), Sourcing, Connecting, finding Notables, Writing Biographies, Photographing Cemeteries, etc etc, we will CONCENTRATE on NZ profiles as much as we can.
2018 Team Members Results
Kiwi Crew placed 4th overall team with a total of 9,031 errors corrected, 3 team members made the top 20 Contributions
|List Number||Photo||Name||Position||Statuses by User||Total Error Corrected|
|3||Darren Kellett||Team Member||8||2.844|
|4||Paula Cullen||Team Member||17||1.586|
|11||Lisa Bridson||Team Member||44||1.033|
|10||A Brickland||Team Member||55||769|
|5||Campbell Braddock||Team Member||77||503|
|1||Robynne Lozier||Team Captain||108||309|
|12||Fiona Gilliver||Team Member||110||305|
|7||Brigitte L. Theuma||Team Member||271||38|
|8||Norma Crozier||Team Member||306||30|
|6||Hans Maurer||Team Member||n/a||n/a|
|9||Neil McNicol||Team Member||n/a||n/a|
In New Zealand this means the Source-a-thon runs from 5 pm Saturday 30th September to 5 pm Tuesday 3rd October. If any of you can get that Monday or Tuesday off work, that would be very helpful.
The times stated above matches the 0001 EDT start time (BST-4) so that everyone starts AT THE SAME TIME, no matter where they are in the world.
If you wish to participate and get a source-a-thon number, please post your request on the above linked thread, labelled SOURCE-A-THON SIGN-UP POST. Please also mention that you are on the Kiwi Crew Team, if you are already a member. If you wish to become a member of the Kiwi Crew team, please state that on the request as well, and it will (eventually) be arranged.
If anyone wants to see the results of the First Source-a-thon held last year - this is the page with the final results. [2016 Source-a-thon Results]
And if anyone wants to see the (youtube) video livechats for the hangouts and door prizes for the 2016 source-a-thon, the links can be accessed on this page - [2016 Hangouts and Door Prizes for the 2016 Source-a-thon]
The [Source-a-Thon] is the biggest challenge. There are hundreds of profiles on Wikitree that are unsourced., and since Wikitree prides itself as a fully sourced Global Family Tree, we have to to do our part to help.
See the main list for [Unsourced Profiles].
I know most of our Kiwi ancestry leads back to the UK and to Europe, but we need more Kiwi Notables and Kiwi profiles on Wikitree.
This is the current list of [UNSOURCED Profiles from NZ] Please note that there are several pages, each with 200 profiles!! it may look like a long list, but the more sources we can find on the DIA database, the better that profile will be.
If you are somewhat new to Wikitree and to source-a-thons, you might want to read through the above tutorial and perhaps do some practice runs before the source-a-thon actually starts. Just so you know how everything works.
If you want to do some practice runs, you can do some of the Saturday Sourcing Sprints during August.
[This is the page] to check out for details. Also add the following TAG to your Tags list sourcing_sprints
Using the NZ Dept of Internal Affairs [BDM database].
I hope you all know how to use the DIA database for BMDs in NZ? It does have its restrictions, but any NZ person born more than 100 years ago, can be accessed.
And all records after 1840 are recorded, if the person was born, died or married in NZ. Well MOST records are recorded anyway. There may be some restrictions between 1840 and 1848, but I'm not sure of the details.
I always use the Historical Records section. That way you get free access to basic details. Click on Search and then use the Births, Deaths and Marriages sections, depending on whatever record you are looking for.
As for the dates - I always just keep them to 01/01/1840 - or use whatever year you are looking for. It is a nuisance, but that's how they want dates done. I actually find that 01/01/1840 and 01/01/1900 are good divisional points for before the 1900s and after 1900.
Also remember that NZ does the British dating system - Day - Month - Year - not the American system.
Dates of Birth were added to Death records around 1970 or 1971, so pretty much all deaths after 1971, now include the persons date of birth which is quite handy. For earlier records that just have an age at death - you can use that to work out a rough year of birth.
Deaths are recorded once the person turns 80 years old. If they died aged 80 and over, their death record is immediately available. if they died before their 80th birthday, then the system waits until their 80th birthday has passed, and then adds their death details.
You do not have to fill in all the spaces to get your information. Sometimes just a surname is enough. If you are looking for all the children of a particular family, As long as you know the names of both parents, you can put in the surname, the mothers name, the dates and then hit search. You often get the whole family that way if you do the dates right.
Be careful with spelling. Some surnames or christian names are still spelled wrong on the database which makes it hard to find. I recently came across a birth record where the mothers name was Emily, but one of the children had his mothers name listed as Emma. I only found it under a surname search. I have also found Helena spelt as Helina.
Please remember to search for married women's DEATH records under their MARRIED names, not under their birth names.
Adding Sources to Profiles
Please see the following profiles for examples on how to add the DIA records as a source to the profiles. You would need to add the same information, but you can display it in a different order if you wish. This is my grandfathers profile as an example - https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Thompson-31033
This is another profile with an excellent example of adding DIA cited sources -
Because the DIA website keeps Births, Deaths and Marriages all completely separate, the reference numbers MUST be identified on the profile as to what kind of record they are. Birth, Death or Marriage.
Finally, once you have added a source to the profile, you must manually REMOVE the UNSOURCED Template from that profile, before you save it.
One other thing to remember. Unsourced profiles only need ONE new source to be added during the source-a-thon, the challenges or the sprints. If you add more, that is great, but that profile will still only be counted ONCE. So it would be better to add one source, remove the unsourced template and save the profile, before moving on to a new profile. If you make a note of the sources and profiles, you can always go back at a later time and add more sources.
Another place that is useful for NZ records includes the Archives Archway - which is the access point to the National Archives Dept of NZ - https://archway.archives.govt.nz/ - This can be used to find Divorce records, wills, probate details and military records
For World War 1 military records you can use this site - https://www.govt.nz/browse/history-culture-and-heritage/nz-history/get-a-copy-of-a-ww1-service-record/
For those who died in The Great War (World War 1) you can use the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website - http://www.cwgc.org/
While Census records have been taken in NZ for well over 100 years, the early census records were used only for statistical purposes and then destroyed. I believe that all census records from 1966 are now being preserved, but since 100 years have not passed since 1966, there is currently no access to any census records in New Zealand.
Another excellent source that can be used for Obituaries is the [Papers Past] website run by the National Library of NZ. But this site needs a lot of time to go searching through all the articles to find the name you want. Not good for Sprints.
You can of course continue to use Family Search for NZ records - but most of their NZ BMD records come from the same DIA Database that I have linked to above so it's a moot point.
If someone was born in the UK, and married or died in NZ, then of course you have to access the British records. UK records can be accessed through Family Search, FreeBMD, FreeCen, and FreeReg.
I would prefer that you NOT use sources from Ancestry, Find My Past or Scotlands People because those are PAID sites and not everyone has subscription or paid access to their information. While this does restrict access to Scottish BMD information, the Scottish census records from 1841 to 1891 are available on FreeCen.
Many of the larger towns and cities are now putting their cemeteries databases online. Again, if you are not in a Sprint, these are excellent places to look for names and find details.
Dunedin, NZ [Cemetery Database]
Wellington NZ [Cemeteries Database]
Auckland NZ [Cemeteries Database]
Wargraves and Memorials in NZ [World War 1 and 2]
Timaru NZ [Cemeteries Database]
Christchurch NZ [Cemeteries Database]
[NZ Presbyterian Church Archives] - for those who have Scottish ancestry and who belonged to the Presbyterian Church - they have some very good Marriage records that are accessible online.
|List Number||2017 Source-a-Thon Number||Photo||Name||Position||Specializations||Comments/Notes|
|1||Robynne Lozier||Team Captain||Connector|
|2||Campbell Braddock|| Logo Designer and |
|Biographies, Errors and Sources|
|3||Fiona Gilliver||Team Member||Biographies and Sources|
|4||Graeme Olney||Team Member||Errors and Sources|
|5||Darren Kellett||Team Member||Errors and Sources|
|6||Lianne Trevarthen||Team Member||Biographies and Sources, Cemeteries|
|7||Richard Shelley||Team Member||Errors, Notables|
|8||Paula Cullen||Team Member||Sources|
|9||Cassandra Miles||Team Member|
|10||Murray Painter||Team Member|
|11||A Brickland||Team Member||Sources|
|12||Charlene Newport||Team Member||Errors and Sources|
|13||Jean (Cox) Price||Team Member||Errors, Sources, and Cemeteries|
|14||Susan Rine||Team Member|
|15||Valerie Willis||Team Member||Connector|
|16||Image:Livingstone-154.jpg||Kirsty Ward||Team Member|
|17||Raewyn Vincent||Team Member|
|18||Lucy Lavelle||Team Member|
|19||Neil McNicol||Team Member|
|20||Norma Crozier||Team Member|
- Kiwi Crew Chat For the 2018 Clean-a-thon Apr 7, 2018.
- Kiwi Crew Team Chat for the Source-a-Thon Sep 24, 2017.
- New Zealand Team for Challenges and Source-a-Thon is now up and running Jul 30, 2017.
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On 17 Apr 2018 at 01:37 GMT Charlene Newport wrote:
Thanks for inviting me to join the Clean-A-Thon. I'm going to sit this one out. Good luck everyone, hope the Kiwi Crew wins.
On 14 Apr 2018 at 23:06 GMT Robynne (Thompson) Lozier wrote:
Please add Fiona Gilliver to the clean-thon team https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/McMichael-211
Thank you Robynne
On 7 Apr 2018 at 21:50 GMT Robynne (Thompson) Lozier wrote:
On 7 Apr 2018 at 03:34 GMT Robynne (Thompson) Lozier wrote:
The link is here - https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/589619/kiwi-crew-chat-for-the-2018-clean-a-thon
On 7 Apr 2018 at 01:05 GMT Campbell Braddock wrote:
I've added A Brickland to the team list, can we have a G2G chat, probably better than these comments
On 6 Apr 2018 at 14:03 GMT Robynne (Thompson) Lozier wrote:
Could one of you please add Anonymous Brickland to the Clean-a-thon team. Thank you. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Brickland-2
On 6 Apr 2018 at 02:06 GMT Lianne (Irwin) Trevarthen wrote:
On 5 Apr 2018 at 23:30 GMT Robynne (Thompson) Lozier wrote:
On 5 Apr 2018 at 15:46 GMT Robynne (Thompson) Lozier wrote:
On 5 Apr 2018 at 00:59 GMT Norma Crozier wrote: