WikiTree 2nd Annual Source-A-Thon offers nearly $5k in Prizes

 

WikiTree Hosts Second Annual Source-a-Thon

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 po

ssible.

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 eowyn@wikitree.com.

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.

 

ConferenceKeeper’s “Fill The Calendar” Contest

Want to win a $50 Amazon gift card?

To enter, just submit a 2017 Genealogy Event of some kind** — conference, seminar, workshop, program, meeting, cruise, contest, volunteer opportunity, call for papers — using the Submission tab on our website at ConferenceKeeper.org.
!!! Read the following instructions also!!

IMPORTANT!!!

Please read the following contest rules:

  • Please check our calendar before submitting to be sure the event isn’t already there. ONLY NEW EVENTS WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY.
  • Only events occurring from May 20, 2017 thru December 31, 2017 will count as an entry.
  • Only events submitted through the ConferenceKeeper.org “Submission” tab will be counted as an entry.
  • Submissions must include all requested information. Only the image/photo/logo field is optional. Incomplete or unverifiable event information will not be considered an entry.
  • Each submission of a new, not-yet-posted Genealogy Event will count as one entry. Enter as many times as you like!
  • Be sure to include your name and email address on the submission form so that we know who to contact if you are the winner.
  • A single winner will be randomly chosen from all of the entries on Saturday, June 10.

**We do not include individual Webinars, which should be submitted to GeneaWebinars .
We will accept Virtual events that are also presented to a live audience, and live group meetings at which a webinar is being shared as the main presentation.

Tell your friends! Share with your societies!

To check our calendar by date: http://conferencekeeper.org/calendar/

To check the calendar by location: http://conferencekeeper.org/locations/

To submit a NEW event: http://conferencekeeper.org/event-submissions/

GOOD LUCK!