Re: Wall of Honor vs. LDS transcription project
- Thank you Maura for the helpful clarification of the "Wall of Honor" data
Maura Petzolt wrote:
> From: sabinov@... (Maura Petzolt)
> What you are talking about is the effort done by LDS volunteers to index
> NY arrivals from 1892 to 1924, in a database of 11 categories of info
> (more is on the actual manifest). This is -not- the same as the Wall of
> Honor project.
> Members of the stake where I volunteer at our FHC participated in this
> (I am not a church member but have helped with other transcription
> projects) and I watched them do it. They were painstakingly correct, and
> each entry was checked twice and then verified again in SLC to check for
> My information is that this database will be available on Ellis Island,
> and I have heard from the volunteers doing the work that it might be at
> FHCs on CD or available through FHCs. I am seeing info in print and on
> the internet that it will be "searchable on the internet" but as far as
> I know that has not been confirmed by Ellis Island.
> As with all the rumors before the LDS FamilySearch site opened (where
> people were saying it was going to be new online records, when it wasn't
> really), I think that people may be doing some "wishful thinking". I'd
> advise everyone to just wait for the real announcement, and not listen
> to a lot of hearsay.
> In any case, these years of NY arrivals are already indexed on microfilm
> and easily searchable.... so I for one wish they had taken a chunk of
> the unindexed years (1847-1897) to transcribe. But then no one asked
> -me- <g>
> For anyone interested, a guide to searching NY arrivals on microfilm via
> your FHC is on my Hints webpage, url below.
> Maura Petzolt Mobile Alabama USA
> Helpful Hints for Successful Searching