Author Archives for afechter

Challenge Update

Challenge #1 was a huge success with everyone participating!  We completed 5185 image sets for a total of 92,342 records. The favored projects were Kansas Census, Victoria Police Gazettes and Chicago Railroad Employee Records. Winners: Top Keyer: Peggy S, USA Top Reviewer: Anne W, UK 100+ Drawing: Anne K & Mechele H Challenge #2 is [...]

Beat the Heat Challenge

As the heat of the summer has increased I am spending more time inside during the day.  More time inside = more time to index!  Even though some of you may be fortunate not to live in an oven during the summer you can still join us in spending some quality time inside, in front [...]

Monday Musings – Keying Standards

What are the Keying Standards?  Why aren’t there more standards?  Do the Keying Standards supersede the project instructions? We have the keying standards so when you have a question that the project instructions do not answer you can go to the standards and hopefully have your questions answered.  They also help with standard entries for [...]

More from Kansas

Today we launched part 3 of the Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1961.  This is most similar to part 2 and has the exact same instructions – we are only keying from the “Schedule 2″ records.  (The first part, which took a few years to complete will be available to search next month!) If you have [...]

Project Update

In the past 3 months, since the last update in March, we have completed 179,612 image sets – a lot of progress is being made.   We have said it many times but is always worth repeating – you are an amazing community.  Thank you! Projects that are 100% keyed: Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter, [...]

Three new projects!

Today brings us three new projects – Tasmania, Reports of Crime, 1861-1883, Victoria, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1914-1924 and the return of London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update). The Tasmania, Reports of Crime, 1861-1883 and Victoria, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1914-1924 projects are pretty much the same, except for location.  These records report crimes listing suspects, convicts and victims – often [...]

Two new projects

Today brings us two new projects, U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970 and USHMM – Czechoslovakia, Selected Jewish Holocaust Records, 1942-1945. U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970 is very similar to the previous Chicago and Northwestern Railroad projects – keying employment records for individuals working on the railroad.  The records are generally [...]

“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 [...]


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.