Late last week we released four new projects, three Naturalization Originals collections, New York, California and Pennsylvania, and the Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20, 22.
The Naturalization Originals are fun collections to key and to look through. I love seeing the old documents and sometimes get sidetracked reading through the whole document – even though the information is in plain sight. For these collections it is important to become familiar with what the form types look like so you can easily identify what documents should be keyed and which should be marked as a “Cover page”. Referring to the Project Instructions (these should pop up automatically when you open an image set but they can also be found under the Help menu) and online Project page will be helpful in becoming comfortable with the project. We have created a new message board for discussions about Naturalization images which you also likely find helpful, http://boards.ancestry.com/wap.naturalizationoriginals/mb.ashx .
For the Dictionary of National Biography we are only capturing set information about the individuals, but you do have to read quite a bit to find the information. I think the trickiest part of this project may be selecting what to enter in the Navigation field – it is very important that you read the entire Field Help. If the information is both a continuation from the previous page and continues on to the next page you should select the option of “Continued from previous image.” A little tricky but a fun read. The message board that will be used for this project is the International Records - English language board, http://boards.rootsweb.com/wap.intlrecordsenglang/mb.ashx.
Enjoy the new projects!
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