Challenge Update

There were a lot of participants yesterday when we visited France with the USHMM – Eure-et-Loir, France, Selected Holocaust Records so we had some good competition.   

Congratulations to yesterday’s winners!  The top keyer was Carol, from Virginia, with 2148 records and Karen, from Nottinghamshire, was the top arbitrator with 161 image sets.*

Tomorrow we are visiting Italy and the Pavia, Lombardia, Italia: Registri di Matrimonio records.  What you will be keying are marriage records and announcements (banns) from couples getting married in Pavia, in the north western province of Lombardy.  The handwriting is beautiful and flowing and as is typical sometimes a little difficult to decipher.  The records are in forms that are easy to follow making this a good Italian project to try.  (I think I’ll make some homemade pasta to celebrate the day.  🙂 )

Happy keying!

*Challenge winners, if you haven’t received an email from me please send a message to

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I still don’t know what indexing mwans….

Sorry! I’m so dense.

What do you folks at AWAP do when you “index”?????

Well, we cant call it transcribing because we don’t capture the whole document. What we basically do is capture key words. People. places, ages. Those become search able and reference the original document.

Have a look below for a basic explainer of the various processes involved.