Author Archives for afechter

Family History Month Challenge – Winners and other news


I have had a great time participating in the Challenges – obviously I am excluded from winning but I still like to key as much as time allows over the two day period.  I have been remiss in posting the latest winners. Challenge #4 Top Contributors: Review: Joan A, UK  Keyer:  Kathie G, CAN   [...]

Two new projects!


Today brings us two new projects, the Iowa, Board of Control Convict Registers, 1872-1979 and West Yorkshire, England, Bastardy Records, 1690-1914 (Part 2). Iowa, Board of Control Convict Registers, 1872-1979 contains the records for prisoners in Iowa over a hundred year span.  They are handwritten records in lists of 20-30 per page.  If you have any questions or [...]

Challenge Winners


We have had a great start to the challenge!  I never feel that there are words to adequately express my appreciation for our community and all that you contribute.  You truly are a wonderful group of individuals. Challenge 1 Winners: Keyer: millow584, CAN Reviewer: aiwright_1, UK Challenge 2 Winners: Keyer: jamiechall, USA Reviewer: pjfogarty, USA [...]

It’s time for…


…a new project!  The Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970 project is comprised of typed cards for employees of the Chicago and North Western Railroad.  They are easy and there are a lot of them.  If you have questions or feedback about this project please post them on the Discussion page. Happy indexing!

Family History Month Challenge (Part 2)


October is Family History Month in the U.S. and Canada and since we already celebrated in August we are having a Part 2 event.  The top keyer and reviewer(s)* will win their choice of a DNA kit, FTM software or 3 month Ancestry World subscription.  We are going to hop around the world as we [...]

A few new projects


Today brings us the following new projects.   New Zealand, Officiating Ministers, 1882-1920 - This is a small, typed collection giving the names of the ministers for churches throughout New Zealand.  If you have questions or feedback please post a message on the Discussion page.  New Zealand, Sheep Returns, 1887-1890 - This is another small, typed collection containing [...]

Projects Update


I won’t admit how long it has been since the last update – you will have to look through the archives and find out.  The flip side of it being a while is seeing how many projects we have completed, those in red plus a few more. Then: Projects that are completely keyed or really [...]

What went Live in August?


In the last few weeks of August 2 new databases were released and 1 more was updated.  These were smaller projects with the contributions of 1052 individuals resulting in more than 134,000 records. New: Ireland, Marriages in Walker’s Hibernian Magazine, 1771-1812 Willamette Valley, Oregon, Death Records, 1838-2006 Update: California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950 Thank you [...]

3 “New” Projects


Today we have 3 projects that are new to most of us. These projects have been being keyed by a group in the UK and we are now making them available for everyone to key and review.   Surrey, England, Calendar of Prisoners, 1848-1902 - This project contains records court records of individuals on trial in Quarter [...]

5, Yes 5, New Projects!


Today we are catching up on the slump we have had over the past few weeks.  There were a few back end issues we had to resolve before new projects could be made available in the keying tool – you would get a kick out of how excited we were when we were told we [...]

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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.