Posted by Crista Cowan on January 25, 2010 in World Archives Project

If you read the World Archives blog you may have caught Anna’s post last week announcing the two new projects we released for keying – Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1872-1914 and the Lübeck 1862 Census.  And, if you read the Ancestry Monthly Update you might have noticed that one of the collections of records indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors went live for searching on Ancestry.com recently as well.  The project?  New England Naturalization Indexes.

What you may not know is this:

  1. Because this collection was keyed by contributors to the Ancestry World Archives Project the index is now available for FREE to anyone who wishes to use it.
  2. If you maintain active status as a contributor to the Ancestry World Archives Project you can also view the images in this database (and any World Archives indexed collection) for free – whether you are an Ancestry.com subscriber or not.  Active status=a minimum of 900 records keyed every 90 days.
  3. Anyone can sign up to contribute to the Ancestry World Archives Project.  Want to help?  Click here.  Register using your Ancestry.com user name and password.  Download the keying tool and start contributing to the ever-growing list of projects now available on Ancestry.com for free because of this fantastic community!

Finally, from someone with a few roots in New England, thanks to each of the 2,108 other people who contributed to this particular project.  I’m excited to start searching.

Crista Cowan

Crista has been doing genealogy since she was a child. She has been employed at Ancestry.com since 2004. Around here she's known as The Barefoot Genealogist. Google Twitter

7 Comments

  1. why is it so hard to find the virginia birth and death register? or any thing in Va,Birth certifcates Dating from 1920’s and the 1993 record.Does ancestry have this,I’m new at this but I found all my North Carolina realtives,can’t find VA.

  2. Andy Hatchett

    Lavern Re: #2

    To see what is available for each state just go the the card catalog and in the title put the name of the state- this will show you what official state records are available for that state.

    Some states have allowed Ancestry access to their records- others haven’t.

  3. One correction/clarification is needed to your item 3, above:

    “Anyone can sign up to contribute to the Ancestry World Archives Project. Want to help? Click here. Register using your Ancestry.com user name and password. Download the keying tool and start contributing to the ever-growing list of projects now available on Ancestry.com for free because of this fantastic community!” BUT DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME IF YOU ARE A MAC USER. The software only works on PCs.

    Seriously, Ancestry. Time to get platform- & browser-agnostic.

  4. arlene miles

    It’s the content, content, content so why can’t there be a little more variety in the choice of databases being posted? How about early births, marriages, and deaths? How about police and fire rosters with names and dates of service? If you want boomers to use your site you better be more creative when it comes to adding “new” databases.

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