We receive emails and see message board posts with this question on a regular basis. This is a tough one to answer for this main reason – if you have chosen to participate you have the ultimate say regarding what projects you will contribute to. Are there projects that we will hope to draw your attention to? Yes. Will we ever tell you what project(s) to work on? No.
With that said I want to share some data with you about the projects that are currently available to key and review.
There are 10 projects that are over a year old – not surprisingly these are some of the larger and more difficult projects.
- Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards) (19%)
- Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Tax Lists, 1819-1869 (97% – review only)
- Delaware, Land Records, 1677-1947 (12%)
- Dorset, England, Quarter Session Order Books, 1625-1951 (64%)
- Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (23%)
- Liverpool, United Kingdom, Crew Lists 1860-1919 (52%)
- USHMM – Czech Republic, Selected Jewish Holocaust Records, 1939-1941 (67% – review and arbitration)
- USHMM – Czech Republic, Social Welfare and Repatriation Records of Holocaust Survivors, 1939-1948 (12%)
- USHMM – Odessa, Ukraine, Selected Holocaust Records from Romanian Occupation during World War II (13%)
There are 16 projects with a projected completion date in 2013, 2 in 2014, 1 in 2015, 1 in 2016, 2 in 2017 and 5 from 2023 to 2046. (These are calculated based on how many contributors are participating on that project and how many image sets are submitted in a given day – so they change on a regular basis.)
There are 11 projects that are currently 100% keyed but have review image sets available. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer please send us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know there are many contributors who will choose a project based on the location, others based on the percentage complete, and there are even some who like the really tough projects. Continue to choose the projects that pique your interest and that you feel drawn to- every contribution, no matter how big or small, no matter what project, is appreciated!