NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at WikiTree.
Genealogy community donates $4,600 in prizes
September 1, 2017: Today WikiTree is opening registration for the second annual “Source-a-Thon,” a three-day genealogical sourcing marathon. The event starts on the morning of September 30 and ends at midnight on Monday, October 2. It is timed to coincide with the start of Family History Month in October.
The Source-a-Thon highlights the importance of citing sources for good genealogy. Inexperienced genealogists don’t always record their sources, or their tree has been handed down to them. Second-hand family history deserves to be preserved and shared, but it needs to be verified. Currently, 220,000 person profiles on WikiTree’s 15-million person tree have been identified as needing independent verification.
In the Source-a-Thon, hundreds of genealogists will be working side-by-side — in teams such as the Kiwi Crew, Team Australia, GB Gen, and the Southern Sourcers — to add sources to as many profiles as possible.
Of last year’s Source-a-Thon, high-scoring participant Charlotte Shockey wrote: “Despite little sleep in 72-hours I had a lot of fun working towards a common goal with my fellow WikiTreers in a competitive spirit! The cherries on top were the real sense of community with loads of laughs and friends that were made.”
To encourage participants, individuals and organizations from around the genealogy community are donating prizes to be awarded at random. Over $4,600 in prizes have been donated, including DNA tests and full memberships from MyHeritage and Ancestry, as well as valuable prizes from FindMyPast, Fold3, Newspapers.com, Legacy Family Tree, RootsTech, National Institute of Genealogical Studies and more. Prizes are still being added. If you would like to donate a prize, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible for the random prize drawings, participants must register in advance and get a “race number.” Registration is now open. See https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Source-a-Thon for further details.
WikiTree: The Free Family Tree has been growing since 2008. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See https://www.WikiTree.com.
Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones will be the subject of our 2017 fall semester study group. As such we need a dedicated group of motivated panel participants willing to read a chapter and submit homework in advance of each study group session. The book is also available in Kindle format here.
Participants will review Dr. Jones’ homework examples but will post examples from their own research to illustrate points outlined in the focus chapter that speak to them.
- UPDATE: Panelists will be announced shortly.
- To appear as a panel participant, each must have reliable wired internet, a headset mic and earphones, and a webcam.
- Google accounts are required for login.
- Panelists meet in the green room 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of each study group session.
- Each panel participant will be added to a private Facebook group for back-channel discussions about attendance and other items not moving the chapter discussion forward. (This keeps the hangout’s unified chat free of off-topic discussions.)
- Homework may be posted in a blog or a public Google Doc by noon Eastern on Monday prior to the Wednesday study group session.
- Homework must include the author’s Google account name, and appropriate citation referencing Dr. Jones’ book at the top.
- Each week Ol’ Myrt will compile and scan the complete set and upload a .pdf for all attendees to view.
- All links will be posted at http://hangouts.DearMYRTLE.com in the appropriate chapter hangout’s unified chat.
All sessions will be held at noon Eastern, 11am Central, 10am Mountain and 9am Pacific.
Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017
Chapter 1 – The Purpose and Nature of Genealogical Documentation
Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017
Chapter 2 – Noncitation Aspects of Genealogical Documentation
Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Chapter 3 – Citation Settings, Forms and Shortcuts
Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017
Chapter 4 – Assembling Components into Clear Citations
Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017
Chapter 5 – Capitalization, Italics, Punctuation and Other Citation Subtleties
Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017
Chapter 6 – Determining a Source’s Publication Status
Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017
Chapter 7 – Issues in Citing Source Titles, Descriptions or Both
Wednesday, 1 Nov 2017
Chapter 8 – Authors, Creators and Informants
Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017
Chapter 9 – Citing Absent, Hidden, Obvious, and Perplexing Dates for Sources, Information and Events
Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017
Chapter 10 – Citing Numbered, Grouped, and Subgrouped Offline Sources and Information Items
Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017
Chapter 11 – Answering the Wherin and Whereis Citation Questions for Online Sources
Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017
Chapter 12 – Identifying Offline Publishers and Repositories
Wednesday, 6 Dec 2017
Chapter 13 – Citing Original Online Content
Wednesday, 132 Dec 2017
Chapter 14 – Citing Images of Previously Published Material
Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018
Chapter 15 – Citing Images of Previously Unpublished Material
Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018
Chapter 16 – Multiparty Options for Citing Images
Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018
Chapter 17 – Documenting on Your Own
All too frequently researchers encounter undocumented online trees or compiled genealogies without nothing more than a slight nod to the source of information. We can do nothing more than use such ill-prepared family histories as a possible clue.
In fact, I rarely look at an online tree unless it is with the hope of finding original document sources of information I’ve not previously encountered.
Ol’ Myrt here heartily agrees with the publisher’s description of Dr. Jones’ book:
“Without adequate documentation, a well-researched family history or tree looks like fiction. Mastering Genealogical Documentation teaches genealogists how to cite all kinds of sources clearly, completely, and accurately—including sources for which no model citation exists.”
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.