We have recently released a beta version of our new public indexing initiative that we are VERY excited about! So far we have several people indexing in the new tool and giving us great feedback. We believe the project is a win-win to contributors as well as to Ancestry, and will give genealogists around the world the opportunity to network and share resources. All indexes completed within the World Archives Project will be made permanently free on Ancestry.
Through this collaboration, we will be able to publish unique content sets much more quickly than we would be able to do on our own, and help save records that may not otherwise be preserved because of resource constraints. We are even excited to give contributors the ability to chime in and recommend projects to index as part of the World Archives Project.
We would love to hear what you think about the project and your ideas for making it the best experience possible. If you would like to participate in the beta and try it out, sign up here and we will notify you within a few days with a link to download the tool.
[...] July 2008 Update: This project has moved into private beta testing per the Ancestry blog. Stay tuned to the Ancestry Weekly Journal and this blog to learn when the beta testing goes [...]