Challenge Winners!

It has been a busy couple of days of indexing!  I hope everyone is keeping up with all of our travels.

Tomorrow we will be in France with the USHMM – Eure-et-Loir, France, Selected Holocaust Records.  These are relatively simple records to key – the records are typically typed and most of the records I have keyed are on forms with set positions of where to find the information being keyed.  If you haven’t tried your hand at a non-English project this would be a great one to try. 

And here are the winners of the last two challenges.

London, England, Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records 

Keyer: Adrian, from the UK

Reviewer: Colleen, from Australia


USHMM – Czech Republic, Selected Jewish Holocaust Records, 1939-1941 

Keyer: Nick, from Florida

Happy keying!

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What does the term, “indexing” mean to you?

Woohoo! How to claim the prize? 😀

What appened to the Liverpool Crew lists results?

Meanwhile, I hope challenge winners receive their prizes. The prize I won in the year end challenge has supposedly been shipped twice. I don’t mind contributing, even when no prizes are offered, but don’t offer prizes if you do not intend to ship them.


I received my prize promptly. No problems!

Indexing for me refers to the entire process – keying and arbitrating or reviewing.

Nick, you should have seen an email from me. If you haven’t seen it in your Inbox send me a note to Congratulations!

I thought I had posted the results for Liverpool. I will post them officially again, but for now here they are:
Michael from Hampshire, lead the group with an amazing 120 image sets reviewed (I was in 4th place with a lot fewer image sets)
John from Liverpool keyed 642 records

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Tom, your FTM is on its way.

We appreciate all of your contributions and I hope you have enjoyed keying the challenge projects.

The Eure-et-Loire records are not really typically typed and easy. Many are hand-written, and hard to read. Most are in French, though occasionally one is in German. I have spent a lot of time enlarging, referring back, and sometimes looking up a word in my F/E dictionary, to be sure I have keyed it as correctly as possible. If the spelling clearly varies in records on one person, I stick with what I see. I do know French, and that helps, but it is not a matter of just filling in the blanks. Claret 455

Hey, Jeralyn, the funny thing about the statement that anyone can index the Eure-et-Loire records is that, I have an MA in French, and after I keyed these records, my accuracy rating went from “exceptional” to “needs improvement.” And no, the majority of what I dealt with was not a typed name list. They included reports of escapes from prison, letters imploring the prison to allow a wife to visit, and charges of black market activities.
I also looked at the Italian records, since I also know some Italian. The quality of the records was so bad, and I could not improve it, so I cancelled them due to handwriting and image quality, because I didn’t think I could do it justice.
And please watch out for the Giant Eraser called Cover Page. If you use it, according to what has been stated in these blogs, all of your work will instantly disappear without explanation.

Margi, you are so right. I chose to do Eure-et-Loire, when there were still over 10,000 sets, because I thought that with my background in French, I could help when it would be more difficult for others. I have done my best, and this morning, my accuracy rating had dropped. It makes me wonder whether the arbitrators for these images actually are familiar with France and French.

I have not encountered the Cover Page problem. Does it just happen, when one clicks on that choice?

Jeralyn, from the explanations they gave me, if you call it a Cover Page, accidentally or intentionally, all of your records will instantly disappear without a “failsafe”, (an explanation that your records will disappear and do you really want to do this), giving you a chance to confirm your intentions.
You see, they claim they have NO WAY to track anyone’s work, or to verify what happened to it.
But let’s have another contest!