Yay! We’ve added a new collection, The Marriages of the Deaf in America, 1889-1894. This may not be what you would typically think of as marriage records so it adds an element of interest. There are four main form types to choose from, a marriage record, husband or wife questionnaires, and a remarks form. We are capturing the main information although there is more for you to explore, and since each form is not completely filled in you key only the information that is listed. I think my favorite part is seeing the variety of handwriting.
And, we’ve brought the Andrews Collection back online! It now has an updated name, England, Newspaper Index Cards (Andrews) and updated keying information. This collection is a little different because the highlight boxes take up the entire card. Since the information could be found anywhere on the card, we aren’t able to zoom in on the area where all the data is found. So you will need to move the image every time you move to the next field – this is still a work in progress and we are working on this aspect of the collection. The main form type is clipping, although you may see as many “images with no data”, and this is the form for both newspaper clippings and handwritten records. You have to read the information to know what type of information you are keying so there is a lot of human interest.
We appreciate your participation in the Beta testing of the World Archives Project and we look forward to hearing what you think about these new and updated projects.