Hard to believe that November has come to an end. Now we find December upon us and with it the end of 2009. I’m not quite sure where the year has gone, but what a year it has been.
Before we close the door on November I want to take a moment and reflect on what has been accomplished. You may – or may not – have noticed that I like to pick a theme each month and write around that idea. I also choose to key and arbitrate records of that focus. This month’s theme has been military records. To that end please accept my congratulations for a job well done this month. In November you collectively keyed over 32,000 records and arbitrated over 7,000 records from military collections alone (various Returns from US Military Posts and Buffalo Soldiers). And these are not easy records. Way to go!
I hope as you continue to work on these projects you will find, like I have, great satisfaction in bringing these records out of obscurity.
As we move into December it was difficult to select a particular record type to focus on. So, in the spirit of the season, I’ll be writing about the stories of families told by the records themselves. And, I’d like to invite you to do the same. If, in your keying and arbitrating, you come across a record that you think tells a compelling story, please post a comment or send me an email (ccowan at ancestry.com). Be sure to include the image set number (found at the top of your keying screen in parenthesis right before the project name) so I can look it up. And once a week or so, I’ll post my favorite stories from the records you are keying.
Here’s to a terrific finish to an amazing year!
Until next time – Happy Keying!