January 2012 Edition



Remembering 2011 and
Ringing in 2012

In order to know where we are, it is good to stop and take a look back to see where we have come from. I have been with the World Archives Project since inception and it is amazing to see the growth and accomplishments over the past 3 years. We had a great idea that eventually came to fruition with the creation of the keying tool and launching the World Archives Project.


Let’s take a look back. The first version of the keying tool was a little different than what you are used to now. When a keyer opened the image set they were required to mark the corners of every image—this assisted with the highlights and centering the image—then set the form type in the next screen and finally they came to the data entry screen. The Field Helps were on the right side of the page (as they still are in arbitration) and the keying tool was mainly blue. The earlier projects were set up with many more form types so trying to discern which record was what often took as much time as keying the records (you can still see the remnants of this with the NY Naturalizations). And we just weren’t as efficient. I don’t look back to point out all of the things that were clunky, but to acknowledge how far we have come and to say thank you for your feedback that has brought on these changes!


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World Memory Project Update


Thanks to your participation in the World Memory Project, Holocaust survivors and their families are discovering missing chapters of their history and learning the truth about their loved ones’ fate.


To help illustrate the impact that making this information more available can have, consider the story of Sol Finkelstein.


Sol and his father, Jakob, had survived years of forced labor and were imprisoned at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria in the final weeks of World War II. They were separated from each other just three days before the camp was liberated in May 1945, and they never saw each other again. For 63 years, Sol wrestled with guilt and doubts about whether he could have stayed with and helped save his father—until his own son, Joe, asked the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for help in determining when and where his grandfather died.


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Tips & Tricks


What can you do to make keying easier? Here’s a few tips that can help make keying and reviewing easier.


Adjust the size of the font. Open the File menu and click on "Options." The keying tool is preset at a small font size, but personally I like the medium size better. You can test what size works best for you by selecting the different font sizes and seeing how the data entry headers and entries change.


Review the images before keying. This helps me determine what form types are in the image set and reviewing the images before I start keying lets me see where the information I will be entering is on the record. When you click on the small paper icon in the upper-left corner a new screen will open where you can select the image(s) you would like to view.




You can go back to previous images. If you recognize an error you made on a previous image use the small blue arrow to take you back to the record in question.



Reorder the entry fields. When I am keying a project and notice that I am not keying many entries into a field I either minimize the size of the column or I move the column to the end. When you see the double-ended arrow (in the keying tool it is white) click and drag it to the left to make the column smaller.

To move the columns, click on the column heading and drag the column to where you want it.

To read more about the keying tool click here.





Collections Update —
New Projects and Coming Soon


New Projects:

Dorset, England, Vagrant Passes, 1739–1791

Kansas, City and County Census, 1919–1978

Liverpool, United Kingdom, Crew Lists 1860–1919

USHMM Lodz, Poland, Vital Records of Jews in the Lodz Ghetto, 1939–1944

Coming Soon:

Delaware Will Records

Glasgow Crew Lists


World Archives Project Milestones

Registered Contributors: 101,000+
Records Keyed: 75 million
Completed Projects: 90+





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