Author Archives for afechter

“Essential” fields

Let’s talk a little about essential or highlighted fields.  What are they?  Why are they different? Do I need to key just these fields? Every record should have this information and it is essential in creating the index.  Generally the essential fields are names and dates. If you do not enter anything in this field [...]

Love is in the air

Our new project is the Ontario, Canada, Niagara Falls Honeymoon Registries, 1940-2010.  The majority of the records we will be indexing are for newlyweds who signed the registry while honeymooning at Niagara Falls.  If you have feedback or questions please post them on the Discussion page or the Canada Records message board.

Challenge Wrap-Up

We had a great challenge! Over the period of the  8 days we keyed and reviewed 20,872 image sets for a total of 349,803 records. Here is a recap of the Top Keyers and Reviewers. Challenge 1: Peggy S and Robert B Challenge 2: Kathie G and Kerrie Z Challenge 3: Anne W and Stanton B Challenge 4:  Karen W and Jane [...]

Challenge 2 Winners

Congratulations to …  Kerrie Z, top reviewer contributing to NSW, Government Gazettes, and Kathie G, top keyer contributing to New York, United Methodist Church Records. The current challenge, today and tomorrow, are the projects above 50% – the easiest way to find these projects is to sort by Progress in the Download screen.  For keying there [...]

Challenge 1 Winners

It is so fun to track the progress made during the Challenges – and to see the dedication to quality, helping each other, and our favorite projects. Congratulations to Peggy S, and Robert B!  Kansas City and County Census was the favorite for both contributors – and the favorite for many others too.  There were 142 [...]

April Fools “Day” Challenge

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day and instead of celebrating just one day we will have a week of Challenges*. And to buck tradition, we promise – no pranks. April 1-2: Pick your project April 3-4: Featured Projects April 5-6: Projects above 50% complete April 7-8: Projects below 50% complete Happy indexing!   *Terms and Conditions: The [...]

More Criminal Records

This week brings us the UK, Police Gazette, 1816-1927 project.  These records provide details for crimes and we are keying information for the officials, perpetrators, and victims.  There are some articles that include disturbing photographs of men and women who were found dead.  If you find that you are not able to complete one of these image sets [...]

Monday Musings – Stats

I recently received an email asking about something that I haven’t thought about for a while.  Do you know all of the places where you can see your overall keying statistics? Keying tool, in the lower right hand corner Online Dashboard Your Ancestry Member Profile If you are not seeing your World Archives Project statistics on [...]

Medway, Kent, England, Poor Law Union Records, 1837-1937

  Our new project is the Medway, Kent, England, Poor Law Union Records, 1837-1937.   The records are all in register format detailing the individuals who were admitted to Workhouses.  You can read more about Poor Laws and the records created as a result here.   The records are on forms that are easy to follow [...]

USHMM – Poland, Łódź Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 3)

The USHMM – Poland, Łódź Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 3) project is now available.  The initial Łódź Register Books project will be available on Ancestry later this month!  Register books provide details about the individuals who lived in the ghetto – the administration [Judenrat] carefully kept a register that recorded all of the ghetto’s inhabitants by street address. [...]


Anna is the Community Operations Manager for In this role her main responsibility is managing the World Archives Project. You can send an email to Anna at afechter@ancestry dot com.