I’m ready for a Challenge.

This week has been part of the National Days of Remembrance, which is a week set aside in the U.S. as a commemoration of the Holocaust.  As an ending to the week I thought it would be appropriate to have a challenge for the World Memory Project.  The challenge* will start Saturday, April 21 and go through Monday, April 23 and will include the following projects:



The top 2 arbitrators and keyers for each of the projects listed above will earn their choice of a 3 month Ancestry World subscription, Ancestry DNA test or Family Tree Maker 2012 software.


* Terms and Conditions: The Project of the Day Challenges (each a “Challenge”) are administered by Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 360 West 4800 North, Provo, Utah 84604, USA (“Ancestry”). The Challenges are open to contributors resident in USA, UK , Canada and Australia, aged 18 or over, except employees or agents of Ancestry or its group companies. Each Challenge begins at 00:01 MST and ends at 23:59 MST on the relevant day.  A prize will be awarded to: (1) the contributor who keys the most entries, and (2) the contributor who arbitrates the most entries, during the period of the Challenge.  The prizes will consist of either (i) a copy of  FTM, (ii) a 3 month Ancestry membership, or (iii) a DNA test. The prizes cannot be exchanged for money. Contributors may win one prize per month only. The winners will be notified by e-mail after the end of each Challenge.  If a prize winner cannot be contacted within two weeks of being notified, Ancestry reserves the right to award the prize to an alternate winner. Ancestry’s decision is final and binding. No cash alternatives to the prizes will be offered, and the prizes are not transferable. You agree to Ancestry making the name and state of winners available on request.  For details of the winners, email worldarchivesproject@ancestry.com.

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I love a challenge!!

Unfortunately, on this challenge, I need some prior practice.

Not enough time was allowed between the announcement and the start of the chllenge.

Next time!

Eure-et-Loir is probably the easiest of the lot to do from a dead stop. and it’s keying.

French has a lot of cognates with English.

Too late, Paul.

Next time!

I thought it was all about accuracy. why this fixation on speed?


The old speed/accuracy debate. A continuous war. On one hand holocaust survivors are not getting any younger. And if these indexes are to be completed at all, they must be a certain volume of keying done.

There are hundreds of millions of holocaust records, and we’ve only completed about one million.

On the other hand, if they’re useless beaus the quality is low, thats bad. We’re somewhere in the middle.

So far only two contributors have arbitrated on Romania, and 7 are working on Krakow arbitration. For keying there is a race in Eure et Loir between two keyers who are ahead of the rest, first, 239 image sets and second, 171 image sets. Krakow keying is a much tighter race with the lead keyer having keyed 107 image sets so far.

The Challenge ends at midnight MT – a little over 12 hours away.

Stan, and all,
I apologize for the later notice in this Challenge – next time there will be days of notice.

The challenges are meant as a fun way to inspire contributors to spend their time on specific projects. We always encourage accuracy and taking your time to key the image sets correctly.

I am not very experienced with any foreign language but I did try to key a few of the Eure-et-Loir and Krakow records just to say I helped. Sorry I couldn’t be of any more use! (I am trying to learn conversational Italian. Maybe it will be of good use one day. =+)

@rebecca as it happens we do have a number of Italian records that could use a helping hand.

For the most part they are form letters and are color scans.

The results are in:
USHMM – Romania, Family Questionnaires
Paul D from Oregon with 291 image sets

USHMM – Krakow, Poland, Applications for ID Cards
Patricia L from California with 265 image sets

USHMM – Eure-et-Loir, France, Selected Holocaust Records
Wendy D from Ontario, Canada with 2570 records

USHMM – Krakow, Poland, Applications for ID Cards
Linda W from Wisconsin with 822 records

It was a tight race for some of the projects! Thank you to everyone who participated – the records you entered will definitely have an impact.

USHMM – Romania, Family Questionnaires
292 image sets (for anyone who wants to give this a try it is a pretty simple arbitration project)

USHMM – Krakow, Poland, Applications for ID Cards
886 image sets

USHMM – Eure-et-Loir, France, Selected Holocaust Records
6027 records

USHMM – Krakow, Poland, Applications for ID Cards
6576 records

Whoo-Yoo! I believe I won the challenge for Krakow records! I’d like the 3-month Ancestry membership please, added to my current membership which expires in July.

I’m so happy I won! Keep keying everyone! Only 1250 records of this part to go.

I spent 2 weeks study in Krakow once, behind the iron curtain, and toured Auschwitz.

Let us keep keying to help the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum preserve the memory of these persons.