In case you are curious why we started in New York with the New York, U.S. Naturalization Records – Original Documents, 1795-1972 the main reason is that I was so excited to see this project coming so close to being completed! And, as you know, naturalization records are a wonderful resource for researchers. Because these are the originals there are packets for each individual which include 4-7 documents that hold a wealth of knowledge and sometimes include a photo. I also am stirred by the thought that these individuals were coming to a new country, often not knowing the language and wanting to become a citizen – what determination they had!
And we added Delaware, Delaware, Land Records, 1677-1947, since it was close and there are plenty of image sets for all of the keyers who want to participate in the Challenge. Having records that date back to the 1600′s is pretty cool, but also can create a challenge in reading the handwriting. (I just keyed an image set with beautiful handwriting so maybe you’ll get lucky like me.) As I read through the documents I have to wonder if there would be so many documents to sign if mortgage companies today had to write them all out by hand.
If we could rate your genealogy karma you would all be topping the scales!