Since our announcement on Tuesday of the partnership between the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com to create the World Memory Project, hundreds of you have joined our community. Welcome! We are so glad you are here. We are so pleased to be part of a community dedicated to bringing these significant records online for free.Some of you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Most of these records are not in English. Some of these records have faint handwriting and are on worn paper. This is important and we know you want to do a good job.
To help you we’ve collected a few tips from our some of our most active community members.
From Elizabeth – Breathe!
From Becky – Keep the Wiki open! I go back and forth many times in a night.
(Note: Every project has a project page in the wiki with detailed instructions, image samples, project specific tips and tricks, and, in some cases, video showing you how to key. Go to the Ancestry World Archives Project Wiki, then scroll down and click on the name of the project you are working on.)
From Paul – One thing that helps me after working projects with many names per image is to finish the keying. but don’t submit yet. Then take a break, clear my head, and then review what I wrote. It helps.
From Ann – Enlarge the image. Doing so helps to see if the letter is an a, e or s, etc. I enlarge almost everything that I key to 119%. It is a lot easier to read.
From Gail – Don’t be afraid to ask questions…Most of us actually enjoy helping new keyers.
(Note: Every project page on the wiki has a discussion tab where you can ask your questions. More experienced keyers and members of the AWAP staff respond to those questions.)
What other general tips do you have for new keyers?
Until next time – Happy Keying!
P.S. – Do you have project specific tips? Please visit the project page on the wiki and add that tip to the discussion tab where all can readily find it.