Virginia Spring Cleaners 2020

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Spring of 2020 Thon

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

Welcome to the 2020 "Spring Clean-a-Thon"!

Clean-a-Thon Information

I hope you're getting excited already for the 2020 Clean-a-Thon! This will be the fourth ever Clean-a-Thon and we are hoping to do an awesome job again of improving profiles by cleaning them up. This year's Clean-a-Thon runs from April 24th to April 27th. Keep that weekend free for a weekend full of cleaning fun!

Take a look at the Clean-a-Thon help if you are new at this to see more about registering, teams, participating, tracking and badges.

Virginia Spring Cleaners

Welcome to the 2020 Clean-a-Thon!
The Leaders for the 2020 Virginia Cleaners are:
  • Captain: Mindy Silva
  • Captain: TBD Is anyone available for Sunday help leading the team?
We're your head cheerleaders, but I encourage everyone to play cheerleader to fellow members of Team Virginia! You can chat and cheer in our Google Chat Group.
The purpose of the Clean-a-Thon is to clear Suggestions from as many profiles as possible. Our wonderful Data Doctors team does this throughout the year but the big push in the spring is such a fun and rewarding challenge!
Team Virginia Rocks
Total Team Members 21
Active Team Members 18
Team Virginia Profiles Cleaned 5,576
WikiTree Profiles Cleaned 73,030
Last update Saturday 1pm EDT
Warning: I tend to forget to update the time on this one (wink) but the totals get updated when the Team Stats do

Join our Team

Whether you are new to the team or a returning Virginia challenge veteran - you are welcome! We like to cheer each other on and make a good stand for those Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky profiles. No worries though, if you have ancestors in other areas you are free to work on those too. Let's make this another fun challenge! .

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Sign up for the 2020 Clean-a-Thon now!!

Members Registered

  1. Mindy Silva Captain   registration post
  2. Bill Vincentregistration post
  3. Liz Shifflettregistration post
  4. William Fosterregistration post
  5. Nancy Thomasregistration post
  6. William Vaughanregistration post
  7. Terry Rae Underwood [ registration post]
  8. Pam Daleregistration post
  9. Melissa Gebhardtregistration post
  10. Rosetta Linkregistration post
  11. Ellen Stegerregistration post
  12. Lea Glassregistration post
  13. Patricia Hickinregistration post
  14. Gurney Thompsonregistration post
  15. Sarah Sherman-VanDeventerregistration post
  16. Stef Andersonregistration post
  17. Sandy Patakregistration post
  18. Mike Patakregistration post
  19. Lydia Hollandregistration post
  20. Calvin Varneyregistration post
  21. Beth Sparksregistration post
  22. Elizabeth Coltrane   [url registration post]
  23. Donna Randregistration post

Team Virginia Information

Other "Team Virginia" pages:

Want a sticker for your profile?

{{Clean-a-Thon|team=Team Virginia|year=2020}} produces this:
... ... ... participated with Team Virginia during the 2020 Clean-a-Thon.

{{Clean-a-Thon|team=Team Virginia|extra=correcting '''99''' suggestions.We cleaned '''11,253''' suggestions & finished in '''3rd place!'''|year=2020!}} produces this:
... ... ... participated with Team Virginia during the 2020! Clean-a-Thon.correcting 99 suggestions.We cleaned 11,253 suggestions & finished in 3rd place!

Plan of Action

Work on database suggestions for

  1. Click one of the links above (Virginia, West Virginia, or Kentucky) and pick a Suggestion you want to work on. If you aren't familiar with a Suggestion you need to work on you can ask me or the others during the Thon.
  2. Address the suggestion (i.e., fix the date 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|<Location>}}, e.g., {{Unsourced|Virginia}} - you can add up to two locations with that template, for example {{Unsourced|England|Virginia}} for a person born in England who died in 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: Spring_Clean-a-Thon_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

In 2017 we focused on "USA too early..." but a lot of those have now been cleaned. You should be able to replace the number in the URL to find the space page for any dbe. You can work on one specific error if you would like, instead of a state or region. The following still have plenty of Suggestions.

DBE 205: Father is too young or not born db_error_205
DBE 603: USA too early in birth location db_error_603
DBE 612: Location too early in death location db_error_612
DBE 803: Almost empty profile db_error_803
DBE 811: Uncleaned profile after merge db_error_811
DBE 831: Multiple duplicated lines db_error_831

All Errors

For a table with all errors, everywhere, click the link in the big green box at the top of this page -
All Errors - Virginia
All Errors - West Virginia
All Errors - Kentucky

Don't forget to use the Status button!

2020 Clean-a-thon Team Virginia Members

If you want a nickname, or want yours changed - let me know! We're here to have fun
List Number Photo Name Nickname See your contributions Total Suggestions Fixed
1 Stef AndersonNicknameSee your work68
2 Elizabeth ColtraneBusy BettieSee your work298
3 Pam DaleProfiler PamSee your work3
4 William FosterNicknameSee your work80
5Melissa GebhardtMiss MelissaSee your work8
6 Lea GlassNicknameSee your work10
7 Patricia HickinNicknameSee your work0
8 Lydia HollandFabulous LydiaSee your work2,533
9 Rosetta LinkRowdy RosettaSee your work2,062
10 Mike PatakNicknameSee your work1,501
11 Sandy PatakNicknameSee your work1,547
12 Donna RandNicknameSee your work0
13 Liz ShifflettRockstar LizSee your work521
14 Sarah Sherman-VanDeventerNicknameSee your work55
15 Mindy SilvaGedcom GrannySee your work2,618
16Beth SparksNicknameSee your work205
17 Ellen StegerElegant ElSee your work164
18Nancy ThomasNicknameSee your work102
19 Gurney ThompsonNicknameSee your work1,513
20 Calvin VarneyNicknameSee your work256
21 Bill Vincent Ph.D.Bad Boy BillSee your work2,186

Note: These totals are updated manually by me - once an hour as I can (if I'm awake). 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: After the bell rang :D
(If the main tracker isn't updating: As long as you are selecting those statuses they will count and will show up when Aleš restarts the main tracker.)

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I just put my request into the mix. Any bets I can clean my house before I start cleaning profiles? 😂
posted by Bill Vincent Ph.D.
I answered the ? (signed up 3/10) Go Team Virginia! Thanks for e-mail reminder.
posted by Rosetta (Helm) Link
Hi Guys,

If you haven't seen it yet, the sign up post is in the G2G for the April Clean-a-Thon!!! I'm really hoping to see you all there. The team page for this year is here. Mindy

posted by Mindy Silva
My favorite Thon and I'm late getting started! Jump on over to the Source-a-Thon registration post and put your answer there. Let's rock this!!
posted by Mindy Silva
I'm in sign me up for the Thon. Thanks for the note.
posted by Rosetta (Helm) Link
Together Everyone Achieves More. Thank you for teaming up with Team Roses to clean up 158,784 suggestions on our shared tree. What an amazing feat! And what a good time!
A Big thank you to all the members

Wow 15730 profiles That is awesome!! Well done

Team South Africa

Thanks everyone for being awesome !

A big thank you for the fun we had and all your wonderful work during the Clean-a-Thon 2020

team Flying Dutchmen - Vliegende Hollanders x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma
Great Job clearing 15730 suggestions!

Western Red Cedars Thanks you for all your hard work.

It was a fun weekend, see you at the next marathon!

posted by Azure Robinson
We wish you the best for the Clean-a-Thon.

Have fun!! The South African team