Happy 4th of July!

For many of our contributors this week is a week of celebration for the countries we live in – Canada Day was Sunday and today is Independence Day in the U.S.  This is a time to reflect on those who have gone before us and have paved the way for where we are today.  Both of these countries were founded by immigrants so most of us have roots that started in another country.

I am so fortunate to call both the U.S.A. and Canada home.  Within my family our heritage includes British, Swedish, Native American, Lithuanian, Israeli, Irish, Icelandic, Mexican, … but many events have brought us together to live in the U.S. and for this I am grateful.  Happy Independence Day!

And, in the spirit of celebration it seems fitting to have another Journey Around the World Challenge!  We’ll start down under and make our way west to California.

Friday, July 6 – New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899

Sunday, July 8 – USHMM Lodz, Poland, Vital Records of Jews in the Lodz Ghetto, 1939-1944

Tuesday, July 10 – Pavia, Lombardia, Italia: Registri di Morte, 1866-1937 (Registers of Deaths)

Thursday, July 12 – Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards)

Saturday, July 14 – Liverpool, United Kingdom, Crew Lists 1860-1919

Monday, July 16 – Ireland, Lord Viscount Morpeth’s Testimonial Roll, 1841

Wednesday, July 18 – Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Tax Lists, 1819-1869

Friday, July 20 – California Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950

Sunday, July 22 – Project of choice, overall top keyer, arbitrator and reviewer of the day

Each day of the challenge the top Keyer and Arbitrator/Reviewer for the Project will win their choice of a 3 month Ancestry World subscription, DNA test or Family Tree Maker 2o12 software.*

*Terms and Conditions: The Project of the Day Challenges (each a “Challenge”) are administered by Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 360 West 4800 North, Provo, Utah 84604, USA (“Ancestry”). The Challenges are open to contributors resident in USA, UK , Canada and Australia, aged 18 or over, except employees or agents of Ancestry or its group companies. Each Challenge begins at 00:01 MST and ends at 23:59 MST on the relevant day.  A prize will be awarded to: (1) the contributor who keys the most entries, and (2) the contributor who arbitrates the most entries, during the period of the Challenge.  The prizes will consist of either (i) a copy of  FTM, (ii) a 3 month Ancestry membership, or (iii) a DNA test. The prizes cannot be exchanged for money. Contributors may win one prize per month only. The winners will be notified by e-mail after the end of each Challenge.  If a prize winner cannot be contacted within two weeks of being notified, Ancestry reserves the right to award the prize to an alternate winner. Ancestry’s decision is final and binding. No cash alternatives to the prizes will be offered, and the prizes are not transferable. You agree to Ancestry making the name and state of winners available on request.  For details of the winners, email worldarchivesproject@ancestry.com.



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That’s great news, Anna. I was just thinking the other day it was about time we had a keying challenge.

Are we really doing the Cartes Electorales de Paris twice?

Sounds like fun!

Thanks Kate! When I copied and pasted that one didn’t come out right. It should be Liverpool Crew Lists.

Seriously! We need to “win” something to do our best? What about the accuracy of what we’re doing? So tired of hearing if researchers can find the name they can decide right/wrong information! Everything is important, especially if one needs to verify info. All for a challenge but how many times do I see posts that say “Just love to index for the sake of letting others research their ancestors”. Sounds a little shallow.

When does each challenge expire?

I’m with you, Dawn!

Stan, the Terms and Conditions state that “Each Challenge begins at 00:01 MST and ends at 23:59 MST on the relevant day.”

For people in the UK it is basically all day from breakfast time onwards and then however late you want to stay up the following night, whereas in Australia I think it works out as some time in the afternoon to some time in the next afternoon.