Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Lord Morpeth's document is on a roll

Back in mid-July, Ancestry put out a call for more volunteers to work on the transcription of Lord Morpeth's Roll, a single continuous document that dates from 1841 and contains the names of some 275,000 people from all over Ireland. (You can read my earlier post here.)

Well, it seems Ancestry did get a few extra hands on board because the pace of indexing has picked up, especially in the last couple of weeks. While the project was 40% complete in July, it jumped over the 50% marker just over two weeks ago and hit 63% complete as of this morning. So it's storming ahead now.

Even so, if you've a few hours spare, I'm sure some extra help wouldn't go amiss. You can find out more here.

The indexing of Lord Viscount Morpeth's Testimonial Roll is one of Ancestry's World Archives Project, meaning that volunteers transcribe and index the document and it is then made available to researchers across the world free of charge.