It has been a busy week here. A new project published to you for keying. Two completed projects released to the site with an index created by you, our wonderful community.
We originally published this 196,000+ record collection to the community on February 17th for keying. You completed it in 17 short weeks. It was fascinating to read through these records and get a glimpse into life during this period of time when England was using floating prisons.
A thread on the World Archives message boards while you were keying this project was devoted to the sentences received by the prisoners – seven years for stealing a loaf of sugar, life for stealing a cow. One child (10 years old) received a seven year sentence for stealing an apple out of an orchard. One comment on the board says:
“This has been the most interesting and eye opening project I have worked on so far and it makes me appreciate the times I live in.”
This database “went live” on Tuesday. The index is freely available for anyone to search. Images are available to those with subscriptions or any active Ancestry World Archives Project contributor.
Released yesterday, this project contains over 42,000 records. It was published in September of last year and you keyed it in just under three months. There was a bit of post-production that occurred on this database. But, it is now ready for prime time. As always, any index created by the World Archives community is free to search for everyone.
This project was published for keying on Wednesday afternoon and is already 20% complete. You all sure are pretty fast to jump on these small, new, interesting projects. I keyed a few image sets over the past couple of days and found them pretty easy to do. I then arbitrated a few image sets and have only one piece of advice. Be sure to capture ALL the names on the document – not just the names of the slaves. At the bottom of each document page is the name (or names) of the “master.” Be sure to key their name as well. For full project instructions click the link above.
That’s all for now, folks.
Until next time – Happy Keying!