And The Winner Is…

Each. And. Every. One. Of. You.

As our World Record Challenge comes to an end I am thrilled to announce that over 4800 of you keyed and arbitrated a grand total of 7,552,275 records in the past 90 days.

We knew when we asked you to key 8 million records this summer that it would be a stretch. And stretch you did. Last year during this same time period you did 6,054,458 records. That means you keyed almost a million and a half more records this year over last year. Way to go!

We hope you had some fun along the way with the weekly and monthly challenges. We even threw in a few daily challenges in the final weeks to keep things rolling. It was fun for us to see who stepped up and was motivated by a little competition. And, of course, it was great to see those of you who key what you can, when you can, continue to contribute on a consistent basis.

Our top keyer may have keyed over 1800 records a day this summer. But you and I both know that EVERY. RECORD. COUNTS. Not only that but you were able to increase quantity with no loss of quality.

Here’s one final note about our World Record Challenge.

Most of you know that for every 100 records you keyed in the last three months, you received a vote. You then cast those votes (68,825 in all) for the project you wanted to key next – out of a list of ten.

I am happy to announce that, with over 23% of the total votes, the winner is: London, Crisp’s Marriage License Index, 1707-1841. In celebration of your great work this summer, we published this project today. (Project instructions can be found here.)

Since so many of you felt this was such a huge priority, we’re excited to see how quickly you complete this very interesting collection of records. The remaining nine projects will be released in priority order (based on voting results) between now and the end of this year.

That’s all for now folks. Take a deep breath. Give yourself a pat on the back from us. And enjoy the new projects as they are published. But, be warned we are already working on a fun promotion for the last few months of the year. So, watch this space for what’s coming next.

Until next time – Happy Keying!

P.S. – Winners of the daily, weekly, and monthly challenges are listed here. If you won a prize we will be contacting you within the next few days to get those shipped out to you.

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I am pleased that London, Crisp Marriage licence won, as this is the one I voted for. I am also pleased that the others will be released as well because I feel they are just as important, well done to everyone who took part in this interesting project.

For those of us who arrived late- can you please tell us the names of the other nine projects and their release priority?


Andy, If you open your world archives project keying tool, you’ll notice theres a “voting” tab next to the daily anouncements. The 10 projects are still listed. Also, They will be released in order from most votes to least votes from now to the end of the year.

I am trying to find out who to contact about the prizes from last week’s contest. I was supposed to win one of them, but I haven’t heard from anyone yet! I am having so much fun with this!

#2 Andy:
1. Crisps Marriage Records
2. New Mexico Territorial Census
3. Correspondence and Case Files, INS
4. England Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices
5. Appointments of US Postmasters
6. Alabama County Convict Records
7. New South Wales Convict Indents
8. Kent, England Tyler Index to Parish Records
9. Kansas GAR Post Annual Reports
10. Kent, England, Tyler Index to Wills

#4 Nick – I’ll contact you later today via email. Thanks!