What is a source? A source is an item—such as a historical record, picture, journal, Bible, or other object—that contains evidence that records an event of interest. In family history, sources are critical for finding information and documenting where it came from.
We have been blown away by the excitement generated by the ability to attach sources to ancestors in Family Tree to document important family history information. To recognize this tremendous response, we are launching the FamilySearch 12 Million Sources Contest.
The lucky submitter of the 12-millionth source will receive 10 hours of free family history research by an accredited genealogical consultant. We’ll soon be adding a countdown clock to the website so you can monitor the progress.
The introduction of Family Tree has driven record numbers of sourcing. In the six years prior to the launch, there were approximately 60,000 sources attached to ancestors in new.FamilySearch.org. In the six months since, more than ten million additional sources have been attached.
So, add a source for an ancestor today and watch the number of attached sources soar even higher. Who knows, in addition to adding valuable information to your family history, you may just win the prize!
For more information, read the official contest rules.