WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge

WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge

WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge

The Challenge is intended to be a monthly feature, beginning on or around the 1st of each month and ending at the end of the month.

Thanks for playing. Good luck!


Current Challenges

Here are the current challenges for this month and last month.

This Month: August

The origins of the famous Anheuser-Busch label dates back to 1852, when Eberhard Anheuser, a prosperous German-born soap manufacturer, purchased the little Bavarian Brewery on the banks of the Mississippi in South St. Louis. Adolphus Busch, a wholesaler who had immigrated to St. Louis from Germany in 1857, began working as a salesman for the Anheuser brewery, and married Eberhard Anheuser's daughter in 1861. In 1865, following his service in the American Civil War, Adolphus Busch joined his father-in-law as a partner in his business. Together they set a struggling brewery on its feet.

During the 1870s, Adolphus Busch toured Europe and studied the changes in brewing methods which were taking place at the time, particularly the success of pilsner beer, which included a locally popular example brewed in Budweis. In 1876, Busch introduced Budweiser, with the ambition of transcending regional tastes. As demand for Budweiser grew, he looked for ways to expand its distribution. One for which he is especially remembered was the invention of the refrigerated railroad car. By 1877, the company owned a fleet of 40 refrigerated railroad cars to transport beer. His company's ability to transport bottled beer made Budweiser the first national beer brand in the United States, and it was marketed as a "premium" beer. The company was renamed Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association in 1879; in 1880, Adolphus Busch became company president upon Anheuser's death.

Adolphus Busch was the first American brewer to use pasteurization to keep beer fresh; and the first to bottle beer extensively. Expanding the company's distribution range led to increased demand for Anheuser products, and the company substantially expanded its facilities in St. Louis during the 1870s. To streamline the company's refrigerator car operations and achieve vertical integration, Busch established the St. Louis Refrigerator Car Company in 1878, which was charged with building, selling, and leasing refrigerator cars. The expansions led production to increase from 31,500 barrels in 1875 to more than 200,000 in 1881. By 1883, the company owned 200 refrigerator cars, and by 1888 it owned 850. To serve these cars and switch them in and out of their St. Louis brewery, Anheuser-Busch founded the Manufacturers Railway Company in 1887. The shortline operated until 2011 when Anheuser-Busch sought to shut down operations.

The Busch family fully controlled the company through the generations until Anheuser-Busch's sale to InBev in 2008.

You can join this month's challenge and help bring the WeRelate pages on these two beer makers to life.

Last Month: July

Olivia de Havilland is a retired American actress who celebrated her 101st birthday this month. She was born on July 1, 1916. Her acting career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films, and was one of the leading movie stars during the golden age of Classical Hollywood. She is best known for her early screen performances in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939), and her later award-winning performances in To Each His Own (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), and The Heiress (1949).

While she might be the key link to this month's genealogy challenge, four of her leading men in the movies are actually the subjects of it.

1. The first is James Cagney with whom Olivia de Havilland played the sweet and charming love interest‍ in the comedy, The Irish in Us (1935).
2. The second is Errol Flynn, the Australian-born actor who played the swashbuckling pirate in Captain Blood (1935) and the leading role in The Adventures of Robin Hood.
3. The third is Fredric March with whom Olivia appeared in Mervyn LeRoy's historical drama, Anthony Adverse (1936).
4. The fourth is Leslie Howard, English stage and film actor, with whom she was married in their famous roles in the acclaimed Gone With The Wind.

Congratulations to the players who contributed their time, talents, and skills to working on the pages for these four actors from the 1930s and their families. User:Sorghumgrass wins all four challenges this month having made the most edits, with User:Btomp and User:Delijim being noteworthy contenders. Thanks for playing.

Challenge Details

Purpose, Objective & Goal

  • This challenge, primarily, is intended to be fun, educational and rewarding.
  • It is also designed to help users, participants and WeRelate members strengthen their research skills, enhance wiki-page proficiency, work toward data-entry mastery, and provide practical experience in validating and substantiating factual events with supporting sources in a collaborative, crowdsourcing environment.

How to Play the Game

  • Select the subject page or pages during the period of the challenge and add vital statistics, factual events, and historical data which is supported by reliable primary and secondary sources.
  • Whoever enters the most valid edits on the subject page(s) before the challenge is closed at the end of the month wins the challenge (as reviewed and approved by the program manager).
  • Save the page after each event post, fact update, or additional source inclusion.
  • Primary sources should be sought and used.
  • Keep in mind the basic WR guidelines about not entering any information about living people.
  • Ensure any images you add to the page(s) are in the public domain or meet acceptable exceptions to copyright laws.
  • Each challenge will end at midnight on the last day of each month.
  • Challenge winners will be determined by the contest manager.
  • Each winner will receive a special graphic badge added to their user page showing their research prowess.

Award Points

Challenge will be based on additions and edits of information, which will be awarded points for credit.

  • Contributors will receive one full point for each event addition or data edit on the page.
  • All genealogy event edits should be supported by valid sources recorded on the page for each event.
  • Each valid supporting source or bibliographical reference entered will also be given a full point.
  • Since the purpose of all genealogy is to expand family lines, challenge points will be granted for the addition of connected family members as well, such as identifying information and genealogical data for parents, spouse(s), and children not previously entered in WeRelate.

Examples of edits that will win points:

  • Reference to vital records such as birth, marriage and death certificates.
  • Census data linked to an online source.
  • Photos of the subject or source references.
  • Mention of the subject in a biography, history book or genealogy book.
  • Inclusion in a newspaper article.
  • Burial information and photos of a headstone.
  • Edits that correct an error or resolve a dispute of information gleaned from an earlier source may also receive a point at the discretion of the manager.
  • Finding and linking to subject's Wikipedia page or Wikidata reference. (Remember that Wikipedia and Wikidata are compiled "knowledge base" references, so should not be considered as primary sources.)

Past Subjects & Winners

Challenge Awards

  • A WINNER award badge will be posted on the user page of each challenge winner (with at least three creditable edits).
  • A PLAYER badge will be presented to other contenders who enter at least three approved edits on the subject page during the challenge period.
  • Subject pages not receiving at least three edits will be considered not to have a winner.