In the past week we have released two exciting collections to be indexed through the World Archives Project.
Yesterday we released the Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, 1936-1938. Within these records are interviews with former slaves, photos, and folklore – or in other words a captivating way to spend a few hours. The interviews detail the lives of former slaves, from when they were slaves to after they were free. Although this collection is typed it is made a little more difficult to capture information as great care was taken to preserve the dialect of the former slave. For additional information about this project you can refer to the Project page, help article, or message board.
The London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1841-1911 were released last week – there are currently 350 contributors working on the project and they have already keyed 65,000 records! This collection is comprised of records for millions of students (names and birth dates) who attended school in London for a time period spanning over 150 years. Many times the records also include the names of the students parents so there is a wealth of knowledge available in this collection. These records are handwritten but are recorded in easy to follow forms. For additional information about this project you can refer to the Project page, the help article, or message board.
If you would like to participate in keying these records you can learn more about the Ancestry World Archives Project here. To download the Ancestry World Archives Project Getting Started Guide click here.
Anna is the Community Operations Manager for Ancestry.com. In this role her main responsibility is managing the World Archives Project. You can send an email to Anna at afechter@ancestry dot com.