Tips and Tricks Archive

Do you ever wonder where to find the answers to your questions?


I know that many people read the help articles and reference the project pages for new projects that are released but I wonder how many people review the articles from time to time or notice when the field helps are updated, or know that we have help articles… We recently audited and updated our help articles so [...]

Understanding Accuracy


We’ve received a lot of feedback regarding accuracy and wanted to let you know a little more about why we started showing the accuracy rating and about how accuracy is counted. As more contributors joined the project we were asked many times for an indicator of how well they were doing – since we all [...]

Webinar Announcement – Keyed In: Learn the Ins and Outs of Arbitration


Join us Thursday for an hour exploring the world of arbitration and for the opportunity to ask us questions regarding arbitration and the World Archives Project. I will be leading you through the arbitration process, and the keying guidelines as well as providing insights into how you can become a better keyer through arbitrating.  I [...]

New Help Articles


If you have questions regarding the New England Naturalization Indexes or the England and Wales, Criminal Registers you’re in luck!  We have two new articles to assist you in keying these projects.  The articles address the more frequently ased questions so if you have questions that we didn’t answer in these articles please send them to worldarchivesproject@tgn.com. We are [...]

New Help Articles


As part of our efforts to improve the keying program and the resources available to contributors we are writing a series of new Help articles.  Based on the feedback we have received the first article in the series is “Tips for Reading Old Handwriting“.  This article gives you tips about letters that often look the same and also includes [...]

General Keying Guidelines


Over the past few weeks we’ve seen a lot of questions regarding how information should be keyed.  So that we’re all on the same page we’ve taken the most common questions, found the answers, and posted them all in one place, an online article found here.           If you think we’ve missed something, have feedback or have further questions please send them [...]

New Project Help – England, Newspaper Index Cards (Andrews Collection)


With so many different types of articles in this collection it is sometimes hard to determine what needs to be keyed.  We have received a lot of questions and hope that our recently published online help article for the England, Newspaper Index Cards collection, found here, will help you.  If you need further assistance please email our support team at worldarchivesproject at [...]

Project Specific Help


After reviewing the feedback from the past few weeks we have seen questions about how to handle unique differences in specific projects, as well as how to best use the keying tool itself.  We have recently added two new articles that cover both topics to our Online Help. Project-specific tips for the World Archives Project [...]

Alabama Census Project


As with all projects we are learning as we go and we appreciate all of the feedback we have received.  This is what beta testing is all about and your feedback provides us with the necessary fuel to make adjustments and changes to the software and the projects we are working on.  With the Alabama Census [...]