Comments on: Ancestry World Archives Project releases their fourth project The official blog of Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:08:27 +0000 hourly 1 By: Andy Hatchett Andy Hatchett Sun, 16 Aug 2009 20:07:02 +0000 Barbara Re: #5

Ancestry can only get what various jurisdictions will allow them to have.

Most state have strict legal requirements as to who, when, and for what reason birth, marriage, and death records can be released to the public.

Those records also serve as a revenue source for the various states and they are not willing to give that up.

By: Rosemary Rosemary Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:50:30 +0000 Brilliant site. We knew a relative had died in prison but did not know why he was there. First sentence 10 years for theft, second 20 years penal servitude for horse stealing. It was supposedly the worst prison in England, no wonder he died before completing his 20 years.

By: Karen C Karen C Wed, 12 Aug 2009 20:54:34 +0000 This might help me. I have an ancestor that was ‘supposedly’ imprisoned in the UK and subsequently does not show up with his family in the 1871 Census(leading me to believe it could be true). However, he has a very common first and last name, so it might be hard to prove it is him, even if I find his name.

By: Barbara Barbara Tue, 11 Aug 2009 00:24:11 +0000 I think its fantastic but I do think you should gets all the records from the U.S.A. I know that you don’t so thats establish I have to go to the
New York board of health to get the information I need and want. I Think you should go to every state board of health you won’t believe your eyes.
Don’t get me wrong you have a fantastic site you have more records than anyone just a few little quirks.

By: Deb Deb Mon, 10 Aug 2009 18:54:28 +0000 I have noticed for weeks now you have not added anything on the weekends and being a paying customer that does not please me. Also you are just adding things that are Canadian or German? Why is this? I am very displeased with you not adding more European content and daily adding American items that do not pertain to just one family history.

By: Mike Mike Thu, 06 Aug 2009 16:37:17 +0000 I’m in agreement with Reed #1! The ONLY way for MAC users to contribute at this time is to install a virtual machine running windows on their MAC. That’s more expense than the possible discounts, and clearly not worth the expense.
However, I do it because I need windows applications anyway, so for me it’s not a huge deal, but that’s not the point.

In this day and age, applications that target such a diverse community such as genealogists MUST be developed cross-platform. This is also one of my major complaints about Family Tree Maker.

I like the services delivered by, and I clearly see the value in them. I think it would greatly improve their standing in the community if they would finally start supporting the 3 major browsers, as well as publish their software on the 3 major platforms (IE, FF, Safari, and Window, MAC, Linux, respectively).

By: Roger Moffat Roger Moffat Thu, 06 Aug 2009 11:06:18 +0000 Reed – you can contribute you oand your Macintosh’s capabilities at – they have a Java application that runs on Intel powered Macs, and runs very well that you could use to contribute to the FamilySearchIndexing efforts that are going on at the rate of millions of names a week I believe.

The lack of a Macintosh interface for World Archive Project was pointed out at the time it launched, a year ago, and nothing has changed in that time, so in all likelihood won’t change in the next year either.

Sure typing for FamilySearch Indexing doesn’t help pay my bill, but it helps me feel good by contributing to genealogy in general nevertheless.


By: Reed Reed Wed, 05 Aug 2009 19:01:12 +0000 Sounds interesting, eh? And I see in the World Archives Project “Coming Soon” announcements that WAP indexers will be “SOON” able to get discounts on existing Ancestry subscriptions. Gee, I might be interested…

But, NO. No non-Windows users allowed. Another Ancestry area that is exclusively reserved for the Windows community.

Answer me this: Why can’t Ancestry’s software designers develop true, cross-platform, web-based applications? Come on now! Once upon a time the whole genealogy universe may have rotated around a PC/Windows/Internet Explorer axis, but the world has moved on, and Ancestry should too.

If you are (finally and deservedly) going to reward volunteer indexers for their labors, you need to make sure that the opportunities are open to ALL your subscribers.