13 September 2017

WikiTree 2nd Annual Source-a-Thon (30 Sept-2 Oct 2017)

WikiTree 2nd Annual Source-a-Thon (30 Sept-2 Oct 2017)

Last year WikiTree sponsored it’s 1st Source-a-Thon and we reported on it via Win Door Prizes -- WikiTree Source-a-Thon to kick off Family History Month (1-3 October 2016).

Last year was such a success they’ve decided to do it again (read the linked page for full details)!

This is our second 72-hour sourcing marathon. The first one in 2016 was so much fun and such a great success for the community that we've decided to do it again.

Our goal is to clear out the Unsourced Profiles category on WikiTree. Although including sources is in our community's Honor Code, 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…

… 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…

… But if it sounds cool already, register now and get your unique race number.

And, if sourcing profiles to make them more useful to researchers is not incentive enough, there will be $4,600 in genealogy door prizes and they are “good” door prizes ranging from subscriptions to genealogy websites to DNA test kits to research assistance and much more!

If you participated last year, what did you think?

Are you planning to participate this year!

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