Two New Projects


We published two new projects for keying last night.  They are both pretty compelling looks into two really unique periods of history.

The first, United States African American Newspapers , 1823-1915, is a collection of 200 different newspapers.  We will be creating an “every name” index to these newspapers.  This will require reading each article carefully so we have only included one image per image set.  However, most of the images are clear and easy to read so we have rated this project as VERY EASY.

The second project, Palestine, Illegal Immigrants, 1938-1946, is a collection that contains deportation orders of illegal immigrants to Palestine from 1938-1946.  Records include personal data, political data, and confidential questionnaires of the Palestinian Police Force, together with portrait photographs that provide biographical data on illegal immigrants to Palestine from Nazi-occupied Europe.

The project difficulty is set to AVERAGE because there are a multitude of different form types contained in this single collection of records.  Also, because of contractual obligations with the content provider we will not have continued access to these images.  Therefore we are keying a larger number of fields than usual.

As always, you can access (and augment) project instructions through the wiki.  The project names above are linked to their respective project pages.

Until next time – Happy Keying!

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I have just started keying United States African American Newspapers 1823-1915.
When I go into the advertising form my project is completely lost
Can you advise please

I have also just started keying the United States African American Newspapers 1823-1915. I am running across what I believe are fictional stories published in the paper. Though interesting reading, would I be correct in not culling names from these types of articles? It would seems that works of fiction would not have genealogical value at the name and event level. Please advise.

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I have also just started keying the United States African American Newspapers 1823-1915. I am running across what I believe are fictional stories published in the paper. Though interesting reading, would I be correct in not culling names from these types of articles? It would seems that works of fiction would not have genealogical value at the name and event level. Please advise.

For the Palestine, Illegal Immigration project, apparently the actual images will not be available on Ancestry. Will there be a way for people to obtain copies of the images from the content holder if a possible ancestor is identified?

I have been keying United States African American Newspapers and am concerned that “Information” postings in the newspapers may perhaps need to be included in keying and not considered ‘ads’. These information posts seem to be personal requests to locate a family member in most cases. Is this something that should be considered, if so would it be determined to be ‘other’ and would each name be listed separately. Please advise; I will put a hold on continuing entries until this is confirmed. Thank you for your time and consideration.