We currently have seven military post projects being keyed covering the following states and areas: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Mexican Border, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. Due to your feedback regarding the difficulty of these projects we are making some changes that we hope will make this an easier and more enjoyable experience and that this will enable us to complete these records in a timely manner. And as a result the majority of the projects will not be available for the next few weeks as we process these changes.
The biggest difference you will notice is that we have reduced the number of fields being captured. We will now only be capturing the names of the soldiers from the main portion of the record. Although this is a pretty big change be assured that this will not affect search once these records go online. Our main goal, as always, is to create a finding aid that will lead researchers to the records they are seeking.
The difficulty rating has changed from Advanced to Average based on the challenging handwriting and the names being located “all over” the image. These projects are a great way to learn more about military records and to build your paleography skills. Keep your eyes open for these projects to appear back on the download list!