We’ve crossed the pond to Cuyahoga County, Ohio

The challenge project today is Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Tax Lists, 1819-1869.  This is a relatively easy project – there are some clerks whose handwriting is harder to read than others, there are a few darker images, and an image set can have a couple hundred names to key but they have only taken me between 10 and 20 minutes to complete.  Currently there are 600+ keying image sets and just under 6600 review image sets.  The goal is to be under 500 keying image sets and 6500 review image sets.

The top keyer has completed 50 image sets and the top reviewer 20 – with only 8 hours of the day gone there is a lot of the day left to give them a good challenge.


  1. Do not key the “et all” or “and Co” at the end of a name – but yes, the name of the individual should  be keyed.  The “Co” can look like a lot the initial C so you need to look for the little “o”.
  2. We are not keying business records, this includes entries such as Barber & Smith.
  3. Beware of the esset (double s).
  4. When you encounter an entry like this, “Brown Geo & Chas” there should be two records keyed, one for Geo and one for Chas, each with the Brown surname.
  5. If  you see “Heirs”, “Trustee” or something similar (check the field help for Suffix) thie should be keyed in the Suffix field.

Happy indexing!

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3: It’s eszet and that’s exclusively German. It’s not the right word to use for the double ess in an English language project. Especially since the eszet is transcribed as one character(ß) and the English double ess will be two (ss).

Congratulations to Kathie G and Kim B! We completed 22,000+ keyed records and 13,200+ review records! On to sunny California tomorrow!