National Archives “Citizen Archivist Week of Service” Jan 15-19, 2018

I just had to pass this on, for anyone who has a few minutes to spare, and enjoys genealogy volunteer opportunities and community service!

Join us for Citizen Archivist Week of Service!

In the spirit of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, join us January 15-19, 2018 for a week-long citizen archivist challenge.

Our goal is to tag or transcribe 2,018 pages in the National Archives Catalog during Citizen Archivist Week of Service. Can you help us meet this challenge?

NARA Citizen Archivist Week of Service


Get started by visiting the Citizen Archivist Dashboard beginning January 15. During that week, we’ll have a special expanded missions session and lots of featured records waiting to be transcribed. For our new volunteers, you’ll also find instructions on how to create an account and get started.

You can help us unlock history by tagging and transcribing primary source documents in the National Archives Catalog. As you add tags or transcriptions to these records, those words are added to our Catalog – improving search results, and making our records more discoverable online. The added benefit is that we’re unlocking the sometimes difficult to read text for all to understand. We like to say that as we tag and transcribe, we are unlocking history.

A sample of some of the records you will find in our missions this week

Ready to get started? Visit our Resources page to learn How to Tag and Transcribe Records, learn What Makes A Good Tag, and review Transcription Tips.

Encourage Service Week in your classroom!
Are you an educator? A great way to get students involved is by playing the tagging game. It’ a head-to-head or team-versus-team challenge to list as many keywords (Tags) that describe or identify item in an image. After one minute of writing keywords, teams compare their lists and scores are awarded. Before moving on to the next image, the game host adds all the keywords as tags into the Catalog description. You can find more information and resources for both tagging and transcription on our dashboard.

A couple of questions for you

As we approach the end of our second full year of providing the most complete online calendar of genealogy events, we thought it would be a good time to ask for your input.

We’d like to know how we can best serve our followers. In the past, we have avoided sharing every new event added to our calendar, in the interest of not becoming yet another email in your inbox to delete. Rather, we’d like to be informative, helpful, and appreciated!

Please let us know how you feel about the following.

  1. We continue as we have, only posting occasional items of general interest including contest reminders or important deadlines.
  2. We add, or replace the current occasional email, with one regular weekly email which lists all the new items added to our calendar, plus any important upcoming deadlines and contests.
  3. We add, or replace the current occasional email with one regular weekly email which lists all of the events on our calendar for the upcoming week.

What would be most helpful to you? How can ConferenceKeeper better keep you informed of upcoming genealogy events?

We’d love to hear your thoughts!  Please either comment below, or email us, at

We’re looking forward to another great year of genealogy events!