Two points. And then an announcement.
- The next two months are filled with holidays of all sorts, all around the world. While we tend to get pretty busy in the midst of it all, most of these holidays have a common theme of gratitude and giving. (Plus, today is my birthday. That means I love, LOVE, this time of year.)
- We frequently survey various segments of our World Archives community. Each time we do we learn again that, for most of you, the reason you participate in record indexing is so you can give back to the genealogy community.
So – in the spirit of gratitude and giving – we announce the World Record Challenge: Holiday 2010 Edition. Now your contribution can go even further!
During the months of November and December you can compete with over 60,000 Ancestry World Archives Project contributors around the world in a holiday edition of the World Record Challenge. Every record keyed and arbitrated counts. At the end of December, the top five contributors will win grant money to be donated, in their name, to a non-profit genealogical or historical organization of their choice. Prizes will be awarded in January as follows:
1st Place $2500
2nd Place $1500
3rd Place $500
4th Place $250
5th Place $250
The top 10 contributors will be posted each week on the World Archive Facebook page so you can keep track of the competition. Join us there and tell us which society you would give money to and what you hope they would use the money for. (And, if you are a member of a society, encourage your fellow society members to sign up and contribute. Theoretically, one society could win all $5000.)
Not only that but we’ll tally every record you key and arbitrate during the months of November and December and those “points” can be redeemed for fun prizes. Indexing points redeemable for prizes as follows:
5,000 – AWAP Water Bottle or T-Shirt (while supplies last)
10,000 – “10,000 Record Club” badge to post on your Facebook profile or blog
20,000 – FTM 2011 (for PC or MAC), DNA Kit, or MyCanvas gift certificate
40,000 – Gift certificate for a two-hour consultation with a professional genealogist
100,000 – Free One-Year World Deluxe Ancestry.com Subscription
Once you have enough points for the prize you want, send us an email at WorldArchivesProject@ancestry.com listing your AWAP User Name and the prize you want. We’ll verify your record count and mail out your prize within two weeks. You can keep them for yourselves, or give them as gifts to family members (or even your society).
So – check out the list of projects currently available. And, whether any of the record collections are pertinent to your research areas of interest or not, we hope you’ll join us to get them indexed, knowing that your contribution makes a difference – to the people looking for their ancestors and, possibly, to your favorite society as well.
Until next time – Happy Keying!