It’s time for another World Record Challenge. Join us for the next six and half weeks as we put our hands together to key 4 million records from September 15th through October 31st. As a community, we typically key about 80,000 records a day. But, I think we can do better than that. What do you think?
You can track our progress towards 4 million records on our Facebook page. We will update it as often as possible with the current record count. And remember, both record keying and record arbitration and review count towards the total.
Your involvement in this challenge also gives you an opportunity to vote on what projects we publish for keying in the last two months of the year (and in what order). For every 100 records you key or arbitrate/review, you get a vote! Are you interested in records from England, New York, or California? Do you like keying naturalizations or biographies? Do you want more records from the 1900s or the 1800s? Check out this list of projects for one that sparks your interest. Then start indexing to earn votes.
- American Biography & Genealogy, California Edition, 1912-1913
- Dutchess County, New York Naturalization Books, 1932-1989
- London Poor Law Settlement Registers, 1834-1940
- Dorset Quarter Session Books, 1625-1951
- Naturalization Originals, Maine and Massachusetts, 1906-1929
- Philadelphia INS Records of Special Boards of Inquiry, 1893-1909
You will find the voting feature as a tab in the bottom half of the Select Image Set screen in the Keying Tool. Here you can cast your vote and track which collections are in the lead. Vote after every 100 records submitted or accumulate votes and cast them all for one collection. (NOTE: This feature will not appear until 12:01 am MST, Sep 15th.)
In addition to the fun challenge and the opportunity to vote on the next keying projects, we will also continue to run periodic Project of the Day Mini-Challenges with fun prizes and giveaways. So, watch this space or our Facebook page for those announcements.
Do you think we can index 4 million records between now and October 31st? Can you hear the Eye of the Tiger music playing in my head?
I hope you will join us!
Until next time – Happy Keying!