WikiTree will be holding a source-a-thon this coming weekend!
It's the world's first Source-a-Thon, a 72-hour sourcing marathon.
Our goal is to clear out the Unsourced Profiles category on WikiTree. Including sources is in our community's Honor Code but inexperienced genealogists don't always record them. Sometimes the source is "Aunt Mabel," as Mags put it. This doesn't mean the information isn't worth preserving or sharing. It's a starting point — information waiting to be confirmed.
We have a monthly Sourcerers Challenge where generous genealogists help verify unsourced family information on WikiTree. The Source-a-Thon is like a Sourcerers Challenge on steroids. This will be a big community event that attracts attention to the importance of sources and helps improve the accuracy of our great big, shared free family tree.
Like a marathon, this is a competition, but most participants won't be serious competitors. Most of us will be doing it for the challenge of sourcing as many profiles as they can, for the mission, and for the fun of it.
We will be hosting live Google Hangouts throughout the weekend to cheer each other on. During every chat we will draw a winner for a door prize. Every participant who is online and adding sources during that time will be eligible.
Quality accurate sources are of fundamental importance to our genealogy. Here’s a chance to improve the qualify of unsourced information. After all, it is one of the “complaints” often heard in our community that researchers perpetuate un-sourced information! Now you can help be part of the solution and not the problem.
Will you be participating?
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