Yesterday we released a new project to be indexed, the Slave Ads and Abstracts from a Natchez, MS newspaper, 1823-1849. This project comprises ads and articles mainly regarding the selling of slaves and looking for runaway slaves. It is sad, and odd, to see the ads selling people and having people willed to others as if they were property – looking at these records provides an interesting view into the past. To learn more about keying this project you can refer to the online help article, or post a query on the message board.
The World Archives Project is a community keying initiative that helps preserve records and bring indexes online free. To find out more about the project and to download the keying tool, 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.