About Anna Fechter

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.

Past Articles

100,000,000 Records Keyed

Posted on April 10, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

Early this morning the World Archives Project community achieved a huge milestone- 100,000,000 records keyed! The record count started in June 2008 and we reached 100,000,000 records early this morning. The 166 indexes created through the World Archives Project are free for anyone to search. If you would like to join our community of contributors… Read more

Commemorate 20 Years of Honoring Memory and Inspiring Action

Posted on February 9, 2013 in World Archives Project

Two years ago Ancestry.com and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum created the World Memory Project.  This project is part of the World Archives Project and allows anyone, anywhere to help create the largest free online resource for information about victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during WWII. Although our partnership started… Read more

World Archives Project Update

Posted on September 28, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site

Have you always wanted to participate in the Ancestry World Archives Project but haven’t been able to because you have a Mac?  Well, you’re in luck.  There is now a Mac version of the keying tool!  We are excited to expand into the Mac world and to add more contributors to our amazing community.  The… Read more

World Archives Project Update

Posted on August 31, 2010 in World Archives Project

Over the past few months we have released 3 new projects keyed through the World Archives Project, England, Newspaper Index Cards, Sydney and New South Wales, Sands Street Index, 1861-1930 and Perth, Scotland, Survey of Inhabitants, 1766, 1773.  The indexes for these projects, containing more than 1.27 million records, can be searched for free due to the efforts of 5500+ contributors!… Read more

World Archives Project – New project to index

Posted on May 13, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site

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… Read more

World Archives Project Releases New Projects

Posted on May 10, 2010 in Ancestry.com Site

Last week we released two new projects – one for keying and one for searching… The New South Wales, Australia, Applications and Admissions to Orphan Schools, 1817-1833 database is now available to be searched which brings the total number of databases completed through the World Archives Project to 20!  This database details the plights of orphans in New South Wales.  Although… Read more

World Archives Project Releases New Projects: Slave Narratives and London School Admissions

Posted on February 11, 2010 in World Archives Project

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… Read more

Ancestry World Archives Project releases their fourth project

Posted on August 5, 2009 in World Archives Project

Monday we launched the fourth project keyed through the Ancestry World Archives Project.  The England and Wales Criminal Registers project was a favorite amongst contributors, mainly due to the incredibly fascinating information that we were keying – although we didn’t key the offenses I am positive we all read them.  And really, in what other collection… Read more