Virginia Spring Cleaners - 2018

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Virginia Spring Cleaners

You know it's Spring in Virginia when the daffodils, dogwoods, and redbuds are in bloom.

Welcome to the 2018 "Spring Clean-a-Thon"!

The Co-Captains for the 2018 Virginia Spring Cleaners Team are

We're your head cheerleaders, but I encourage everyone to play cheerleader to fellow members of Team Virginia! I'm not available for the start of CAT weekend, but Mel should be & I'll be online Sunday & Monday. ~ Liz Shifflett

The purpose of the Clean-a-Thon is to decrease the number of database suggestions, which is what the Data Doctors Project does all the time.

Clean-a-Thon Links


  1. Liz Shifflett, Co-Captain (but not online Saturday): registration post
    1. Note - WVa error report has no errors reported for the period 0001-1499.
    2. Addressed all VA errors in 0001-1499 column
    3. Working on VA USA too early (603, 633, 663), in column 1700-1799
  2. Mel Lambert: registration post, Co-Captain, focusing on West Virginia:
    1. WVa, Errors 603, 633 & 663
  3. Mindy Silva: registration post
    1. VA 603 and 633, 1500-1699
  4. Andrea Pack: registration post
    1. WV DBE #811 through #841
  5. William Foster: registration post
  6. Robin Kabrich: registration post
  7. David Douglas: registration post
  8. Pat Hickin: registration post
  9. Sandy Patak: registration post, focusing on West Virginia
    1. WVa GENDER issues errors 203/303/304/402/403/501-510 (excluding pre-1500)
  10. Melissa Dyniec: registration post
  11. Terri Jerkes: registration post
  12. Jamie Ball: registration post
    1. KY 603 errors 1700-99
  13. Terry Thornton: registration post
  14. Tim Boyer: registration post
  15. Virginia Dodier: registration post (available to participate the 23rd)
  16. Amber Whitlock: registration post

Plan of Action

Work on database suggestions for

  1. Click one of the links above (Virginia, West Virginia, or Kentucky) and pick a "cell" - post what you're working on by your name in the members' list and as a comment on this page (for example: VA #603, 1700-1799)
  2. Address the suggestion (e.g., fix the error)
  3. Update the status
Additional actions (optional - slows you down a bit, but will help improve WikiTree profiles)
  1. If the profile has insufficient or no sources, add {{Unsourced}} - you can add up to two locations with that template, for example {{Unsourced|Virginia|West Virginia}}
  2. If a county is mentioned in the profile, add the county category. For example:
  • [[Category:Stafford County, Virginia]]
The main category pages for Category:Virginia, Category:West Virginia, and Category:Kentucky list current county categories.
  • In the Errors (Suggestions) list: Be sure to use the Status button:
    • Before checking the profile, check the status to see if the error has already been corrected.
    • After correcting the error (or posting a comment if you cannot edit the profile), update the status so that others coming across the error will know.
  • On a profile: Always include the error number in the explanation for your change(s): e.g., "corrected database error 603 - and added county category".


To talk to "just us", post a comment to this page or, when we're closer to the event, we'll have a G2G post where we can chat. You can post separately to G2G for a wider audience: tag your question with virginia and db_errors at least. For questions about the Clean-a-Thon, use the tag clean-a-thon.

How Does this Work?

Try the tutorial:
Check your own tree: On your profile page, under your WikiTree ID (at the upper right, in the mini-menu), the dropdown menu has "Suggestions" - click on that and see if there's anything that shows up you could practice on.
Check on profiles you manage: Go to & put your WikiTree ID in the "Managed by" field.

Database Errors

Last year we focused on "USA too early..." and these were the space pages and tag links for those. You should be able to replace the number in the URL to find the space page for any dbe.

DBE 603: USA too early in birth location db_error_603
DBE 633: USA too early in death location db_error_633
DBE 663: USA too early in marriage location db_error_663

All Errors

For a table with all errors, everywhere, click the link in the big green box at the top of this page - as of April 14, it's the table for errors as of April 8: Space:Data_Doctors_Report_2018-04-08.

Don't forget to use the Status button!

Images: 1
Eastern Redbud
Eastern Redbud


On 31 May 2018 at 16:32 GMT Sandy (Craig) Patak wrote:

A big thanks Team Virginia! Thanks to the many that came to my aid in my Brick Wall search. THIS Team Rocks!

On 30 May 2018 at 15:33 GMT Sandy (Craig) Patak wrote:

Good Day Team Virginians!

By chance does anyone have a subscription & could look up 2 or 3 names for me? Thanks, Sandy

On 26 Apr 2018 at 16:30 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Thanks Mindy! I was happy to see the e-mail from AleŇ° since I've never quite understood those columns. Coupled with the additional info you just gave, I have enlightenment... in this, at least :D

Great work everyone!

Cheers, Liz

On 26 Apr 2018 at 16:07 GMT Mindy Silva wrote:

Thanks Liz, I should have posted the explanation. As an FYI the majority of those #4's aren't really corrections that we made leaving errors. Many were a glitch in the WT system for the dbe 721 - Separators in First Name. Some were profiles where we cleaned one error, but there was still another present (i.e. we removed USA and made a comment about being too old - the error for being too old is still there). Our stats were really good as a team!

On 26 Apr 2018 at 16:00 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Hi! I just received an e-mail from Ale that explains the columns in the link Mindy shared:
  1. Not corrected/No Error-Not corrected status was used, but no suggestions remain.
  2. Not corrected/Error-Not corrected status was used, and a suggestion remains.
  3. Corrected /No Error-Corrected status was used, and no suggestion remains.
  4. Corrected /Error-Corrected status was used, but a suggestion remains.
  5. False error/No Error-False suggestion status was used, but no suggestion remains.
  6. False error/Error-False suggestion status was used and a suggestion still exists, but is hidden from reports.
  7. Merge proposed/No Error-Merge proposed status was used, no suggestion remains.
  8. Merge proposed/Error-Merge proposed status was used and suggestion remains.
  9. Comment-Suggestion comment was entered.

On 26 Apr 2018 at 13:49 GMT Mindy Silva wrote:

Here are the stats for our accuracy. Way to rock the challenge team!

On 24 Apr 2018 at 04:34 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Great Job everyone - latest refresh of CleanAThon stats shows Team Virginia at #6, with 6,423 & Nor'easters at #7 with 6,262 - that _was_ close Mindy!

SO appreciate everyone's hard work & special thanks to the 1000+ folks: Mel, Mindy, Andrea, & Sandy!

I struggled getting less than half that done, but I think maybe I'll try for 500 in 2019!

Cheers, Liz

On 24 Apr 2018 at 04:23 GMT Mindy Silva wrote:

Congratulations all! Team Virginia Rocks!!

On 24 Apr 2018 at 04:18 GMT Mel (Gilbert) Lambert wrote:

Congratulations Team You all are wonderful. Thank you all for your hard work. Team Virginia Rocks

On 24 Apr 2018 at 04:13 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

Congratulations everyone you were all awesome....

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