Fall Challenge

It is time for a challenge! 

We’ll be making our way around the world, one country at a time.  Phileas Fogg thought he could go around the world in 80 days, I think we can do it in 8 weeks. Starting and ending as he did in the UK.

Week 1 (October 29-November 2):

Week 2 (November 3-November 9):

Week 3 (November 10-November 16):

Week 4 (November 17- November 23):

Week 5 (November 24 – November 30):

  • Intermission – pick your favorite projects

Week 6 (December 1- December 7):

Week 7 (December 8- December 14):

Week 8 (December 15 -December 21):

There will be a top keyer and reviewer for each week in addition to Daily Challenges that will be announced at the beginning of each week.


Ready, set, go!


*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 or reviews 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 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 doubt I’ll win any challenges, but it would be fun to try to do at least a few sets of each project.

Hwat about somebody living somewhere else who is a regular keyer and/or arbitrator. Don’t we get a chance

Unfortunately for legal reasons we are not able to offer prizes to contributors in other countries. We appreciate all of your contributions!

We are 2 days in to the Challenge and have already completed 4000+ records!

I am shocked to find out that this challenge has been running for two days now and I knew nothing about it till I noticed it on Facebook just now! I can’t be the only keyer whose keying tool shows the “Voting” tab by default and hasn’t bothered to switch to the “News” tab for a couple of days. We should have been given more notice of this challenge and it should have also been mentioned on the WAP message boards.

Today I had a life shattering event happen. We found out this morning that our house among many others in our mid Texas neighborhood had been flooded. We lost most everything. We are on a road trip as we do now as being retired. My husband will arrive there tomorrow to see the damage and work with the insurance adjustor. Thank God for family and friends. I do hope to keep keying and reviewing as it’s in my blood! Often on these road trips I manage to key offline as best as I can. I am thankful to have my keying community and hope to compete in one of the next challenges. This may be a great diversion.

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Only just noticed the challenge myself and that was by visiting the Blog page. My News tab is still showing “Three new projects” as the last news item.

What are Daily Challenges and where do I find them?