Family History Month Challenge

UPDATE: The Weekend Warriors drawings have been stretched to 3 days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – and the record threshold increased to 750 records contributed.  (This accommodates everyone, regardless of time zone.)

I’ve been thinking of how we should celebrate National Family History Month (Australia and New Zealand) – well, other than working on our family history and am excited for a new Challenge.  In addition to the traditional Challenge with top keyers and reviewers being rewarded we will also have weekend warrior drawings.  Each Saturday and Sunday contributors who submit 500 or more keying or review records will be entered into a drawing for a t-shirt or thumb drive.



8 & 9 – New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)

13 –  West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914

16 – Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter, 1738-1925

19- New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945

23 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980 & Delaware, Land Records, 1677-1947 (Review only)

27 – U.S., Military Registers, 1862-1970 (Part 5)

30 & 31 – Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 & Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 1)


To communicate with others who are participating in the Challenges join the World Archives Project, Keying Party Facebook page.

Happy Family History Month!


*Terms and Conditions: The Project of the Day Challenges (each a “Challenge”) are administered by 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 or reviews 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 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

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