Sunday, January 02, 2011

Ancestry Census Image Challenge 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2011

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following came from one of the active members of the BetterGEDCOM group. It will take a year to find examples as Andy is requesting, but this is an interesting contest. Please address all inquiries to Andy directly.

Please note that this contest is neither sponsored nor are prizes being awarded by Ancestry.com
The contest is sponsored and prizes will be awarded by a paid subscriber of Ancestry.com


Win a One Year World Deluxe Membership!

Beginning January 1, 2011, a contest, The 2011 Index Challenge, will begin here on Ancestry.

  • First Place Winner will receive a One Year World Deluxe Membership.
  • Second Place Winner will receive a One Year U.S. Deluxe Membership.
  • Third Place winner will receive a One Year Subscription to FootNote.

The purpose of the contest is twofold:

1). To help Ancestry identify every census sheet of each U.S.Census from 1850 thru 1930
on which the first name on the census sheet does not match the first name on the Ancestry Index
shown below the census sheet image.

2). To demonstrate the need for an actual centralized place to report indexing and other problems.

The rules are simple:

  • Each entry will be awarded one point if it is the first to report such a mis-indexed census sheet.
  • Each entry must be submitted in the specific format required (See Below for details).
  • Each entry must be posted to the "2011 Index Challange Entries" thread on the US Census General Message Board as a direct reply to the original post in that thread.
  • Entries posted as replies to other entries in the thread will not be counted as valid entries.

Please note that entries should only be for those sheets where the first names on the census sheet and the Ancestry Index do not match.

Other indexing errors within the census should not be posted as a contest entry.

Those errors previously reported will not be considered valid entries.
  • 1860, Georgetown Ward 1, Washington, DC Census
  • 1860, Mannington Township, Salem County, New Jersey Census

Required Entry Format-All entries should be submitted in the following format:
Valid entries will consist of four lines.

Line 1= Image number from Ancestry Index shown below the census image.
Line 2= URL of Census Sheet (This can be copied from your Browser Bar)
Line 3= First name on census sheet
Line 4= First name on Ancestry Index shown below census image.

Thus, a valid entry would be posted as:

Image 4
http://search.ancestry.com/Browase/view.aspx?dbid=7667&path=District+of+Columbia.Washington.Georgetown+Ward+1.4
First Name on Census Sheet: James Lee
First Name on Ancestry Index: M. E. Thomas

Nothing else should be included in an entry posting.

Here's an example of the problem to note:



Post entries HERE; learn more about or discuss the contest HERE.

The contest will run from 1 Jan 2011 thru 31 Dec 2011

Winners will be announced as quickly as possible after the close of contest.

Please note that this contest is neither sponsored nor are prizes being awarded by Ancestry.com
The contest is sponsored and prizes will be awarded by a paid subscriber of Ancestry.com

Andrew G. Hatchett III

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