Saturday, April 28, 2012

Society Indexing Contest.............

Let's get those fingers moving and help our society compete in the indexing contest!  We are slightly behind in the indexing per capita average.  If you are registered please consider adding a page or two to what you have been indexing.  If you are not yet a registered indexer go to the 1940 Census Community Project Getting Started page to register as an indexer, download the indexing software, and begin indexing. When creating your FamilySearch account, please select Pima County Genealogy Society as your group (note that Minnesota also has a group by the same name, but they have "-MN" appended to the name. Please be sure not to select that group). Registering with our society automatically qualifies you to be entered into weekly drawings.  As little as fifteen minutes a day indexing  would be a great help.


The 1940 U.S. Census Community ProjectDear Society Administrators,We've had a lot of questions asking about the society indexing contest that was mentioned earlier. Well, our society indexing group contests are finally here! We have some great prizes for those who want to take part in this competition. There will be a couple categories, depending on the size and activity of your society's group. Requirements and prizes will vary for each category.
Grand Prize for Per Capita Production on the 1940 Index
The grand prize will be awarded to the society with the highest average number of records indexed and arbitrated per person by a society with 2 or more people in their indexing group. They must have a 95% or higher indexing accuracy average.
Prize: A mini-conference presented at your society location. The total value of this package is $6,000! This prize includes:
  • 4 genealogists, each teaching three sessions (Speaker fees, travel, and accommodations are included).
  • A syllabus of the conference presentations on a USB drive, CD, or print format (depending on the actual number of attendees).
  • Your society provides the site for the conference or we can provide a local FamilySearch family history center where the conference can be held.
Competition will go from April 2nd and continue until the 1940 US Census project is completely arbitrated; after which the winner will be announced.
Runner up Prize for Per Capita Production on the 1940 Index
A second place prize will be awarded to the society with the second highest average number of records indexed and arbitrated per person by a society with 2 or more people in their indexing group. They must have a 95% or higher indexing accuracy average.
Prize: The prize will be a 1/2 day webinar mini-conference, for a value of total value of $1,700. This prize includes:
  • 4 one-hour Family History Library sessions of your choice
  • A projector
  • An HD webcam
  • An annual subscription to GoToWebinar (a webinar provider service)
  • A laptop computer
Competition will go from April 2nd and continue until the 1940 US Census project is completed. The winner will be announced one week after the last state is arbitrated.
Small and Large Society Contest (April 26-May 2)
We will have another contest from April 26th through May 2nd for the highest percentage of member growth in a society indexing group, based on the size of your society when the contest begins. For example, a small society can grow above 16 members and still compete in the small category for this contest. (Note: A small society indexing group has 15 or less people, while a large society indexing group has 16 or more people.) In the case of a tie, a random drawing will be done to select the winner.
Prize: A brand new printer valued at $300
We will track the growth of your society membership from April 26th through May 2nd. Winners will be announced on May 4, 2012.
You can see how many members your group currently has and monitor your growth by doing the following:
1. Go to indexing.familysearch.org.
2. Sign in with your FamilySearch Indexing user name and password.
3. Look at the number following open group has
Members
If your administration tab does not automatically open, you have not yet been made the administrator for your group. You can receive administration rights by creating your FamilySearch account and contacting the 1940 U.S. Census Project team by phone or e-mail at:
Phone: 1-855-439-1940
Email: support@the1940census.com
See Who is Leading
A leader board will be posted soon at https://the1940census.com/society/societies-games-prizes/.
You can see who is in the lead for the grand prize and upcoming contests. You will also see the winners of the society contests.

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