Contest Update 2: Following Annie Moore's TrailWow, still more folks are coming on board in the search for the true Annie Moore of Ellis Island fame, and some are posting research ideas and results. I'm trying to keep tabs on what folks are doing and will occasionally try to provide links here, so others can join the hunt, too.
So just to get everyone up to date, here are the scattered postings so far (note: be sure to read comments because some of them are very useful):
$1,000 Contest Announcement
More on Moore
Joe Beine's Annie Moore page
Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings
Now for a little more good news. I'm sure there are some folks out there toiling away in private, hoping to solve the mystery themselves and claim the $1,000 prize. To those folks, I say more power to you!
But for those who prefer the online group approach, ProGenealogists in Utah has agreed to do some limited research for us at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. I've worked with the ProGenealogists folks for years and they're terrific! If you ever need some research done at the FHL, they're the ones to go to.
So what do I mean by "limited" research? Well, that means that if we think it would be a good idea to pull a particular death certificate or whatever -- and it's available at the FHL -- they'll snag it for us. But no "let's search the entire country's civil registrations for a 10 year period" requests. For reasonable, one-off requests, they'll search for the record, scan it and email it to me, and I'll post it here for the benefit of all. How's that?? Pretty generous, eh? Thanks very much, ProGenealogists!