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Echoes From Pearl Harbor

Posted on December 6, 2011 in Stories

I’m not sure why I am surprised by how many of you were there or had family who were there. I have read every one of your stories as they have streamed in over the past week. Those first hand accounts help us remember the living history of pivotal events in the world. You remind… Read more

My Genealogy Gratitude List. What’s Yours?

Posted on November 23, 2011 in Site, Stories, World Archives Project

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. By this time next week I expect I will be overstuffed on turkey, overloaded on football and overjoyed at spending a long weekend with my extended family.  I will also have spent the entire month posting (almost) daily status updates on my personal Facebook profile about the things I am grateful for. … Read more

Day of the Dead

Posted on October 31, 2011 in Social Media, Stories

I’ve always loved Halloween. The candy. The silly costumes. The candy. The great Autumn decorations. Did I mention the candy? Maybe I love Halloween because my birthday is the very next day. Maybe it’s because I’ve always had a fascination with dead people. I was raised in California where many of our Mexican friends and… Read more

Births, Marriages and Deaths. Oh My!

Posted on October 21, 2011 in Content, Searching for Records

Did you notice what happened this week here at We released over 50 databases containing indexes to millions of vital records from all over the United States. Some of these records date all the way back the 1600s and the most recent of them are from last year. (You can find the complete list… Read more

The First World Memory Project Collection Now Available In Search

Posted on August 11, 2011 in World Archives Project

Three months ago, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum launched the World Memory Project. Since that time almost 2000 community contributors have indexed over 395,000 records across 15 different record collections.  These records contain information about victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution. We are proud to announce that this generous community… Read more

Introducing…The World Memory Project

  Today, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and announce the launch of the World Memory Project. The goal is to build the largest free online resource for information about victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II.   The Museum’s archives contain information on well over 17 million… Read more

Ancestry World Archives Project: It’s Not Too Late To Get In On The Action

Posted on August 30, 2010 in World Archives Project

If you are a member of our Ancestry World Archives community then you know all about the World Record Challenge.  If you are not yet a member of our community, we thought we would let you in on what we have been doing and give you a chance to participate. Our passionate and engaged community… Read more

Ancestry World Archives Project: January Highlights

Posted 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… Read more

Ancestry World Archives Project: Keying During the Holidays

Posted on December 22, 2009 in World Archives Project

Over 22,000 of you have signed up to participate in the Ancestry World Archives Project since we launched it earlier this year. You joined the 10,000+ that registered during our beta period last year. Collectively, you have keyed over 30 million records and manually arbitrated an astounding 5 million record discrepancies in our double-keying and… Read more

Ancestry World Archives Project Releases Nebraska State Census, 1860-1885

Posted on December 10, 2009 in World Archives Project

The following post is from guest blogger Suzanne Russo Adams.  Suzanne is the Society Partnership Manager. About a year ago, I made a phone call to Floyd Smith III, President of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society and asked if this society would be interested in partnering with the Ancestry World Archives Project to index… Read more

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