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 records we are trying a new approach of not having to select a specific form for each year of the census, avoiding confusion in the selection process and hopefully making things easier for you. It appears that we were successful in avoiding confusion but may have created a few new issues!
The highlighted area on the records you have keyed has likely been larger than you need it to be, and doesn’t always appear to move along with what you are typing in. We have made adjustments to the highlighted field and you should now find it a lot easier to follow along with the records. (A big “Thank you!” to our developers for their quick work.) We are still working on making the project easier to key, in the meantime here are a few tips that will assist you with the highlighting:
1) When you are marking the form positions the goal is to draw the top of a rectangle around the names with the crosshairs of the marker. The further away from the name that you place the markers the larger your highlighted box will be.
2) If you do need to adjust the highlighting you can scroll over the area, then click and drag the highlighting to where you want it to be.