Saturday, May 31, 2014

3-2-1 CITE! Challenge - June 2014

3-2-1 CITE! Challenge for June 2014

"How will other people HEAR about my research?"


The idea for this month's challenge evolved from an online conversation during Mondays With Myrt, our weekly Hangout on Air. We are going to post the same sample tree on three genealogy websites and report back on what happens. This may be our toughest challenge yet. Here are more specifics:


A. Early in the month, start with a deceased individual in your genealogy database, say a grandparent or great-grandparent.

B. 3 ONLINE TREES: Go to any three genealogy websites or wikis that permit the addition of online trees.

C. Enter the information for that individual and a few generations back including information you've gathered about birth, marriage and death including dates and places of those events. Include siblings and spouses, including multiple spouses if any. You may use a GEDCOM file, or type the information if the website doesn't accept GEDCOM files. If you don't know how to create a GEDCOM file, it is usually located under FILE>Export or some such.

D. Set security as you wish and be sure to note this in your write up, as this may skew your results compared to other participant's write ups.

E. Keep up with activity on these trees over the next four weeks.

F. 2 PARAGRAPHS: Compare and contrast things like:

  • number of matches to indexed entries
  • number of matches to digital images
  • number of matches to other researchers' databases
G. 1 CONCLUSION: Summarize your findings by indicating which of the three online trees is most useful in the type of research you are currently pursuing.

H. CITE: Provide links to your three online trees in your citations. It will be useful to consult Elizabeth Shown Mills Evidence Explained, specifically Chapter 14. QuickCheck models including citation parts are found online at 

I. DUE: 30 June and the winner will be announced 9 June 2014 during Mondays with Myrt (Hangout on Air.)

This is a BIG challenge. 
Most likely you will compose your write
up during the last week of June
to incorporate as much data
as possible.

To participate in this challenge you may choose from the following places to post your 3-2-1 Cite challenge:

 1. BLOG - If you have a blog, do the writeup on your blog, but please share it with Ol' Myrt so we can spotlight it to others during an upcoming Mondays with Myrt Hangout on Air.

2. FACEBOOK - Share your post in the DearMYRTLE's Facebook Group.

3. GOOGLE+ - Share your post over in DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community.

4. YouTube - Be sure to post the link to your video explanation in either DearMYRTLE's Facebook Group, or DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+,

Will deliver a Microsoft USB headset to the winner, so people can better HEAR you during an online video chat? You bet! (Prize to be shipped to an address accepted by
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Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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1 comment:

  1. WoW, I've been on Ancestry and have lots of hints, the Number 2, matches to indexed entries, Precious!