Author Archives for afechter

Challenge Update


Yesterday 32 contributors submitted image sets for a total of 14,970 records keyed. Top keyer: Beryl M, UK (although 4 image sets may not seem impressive for this project that equals 1600 records!) Overall Top Reviewer: Marcelle R, USA  Our remaining Challenge is over Saturday and Sunday for the Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 [...]

Challenge winners!


Updated with winners from the 19th. Here are all of the winners to date: 8 & 9: New South Wales Government Gazettes Top keyer: Jane, USA Top reviewer: Kerrie, AUS 13th: West Yorkshire Quarter Sessions Top keyer: Kathie G, CAN Top reviewer: Erica V, UK 16th: Belfast, Northern Ireland, Newsletter Top keyer: Elizabeth S, CAN [...]

What went LIVE in July?


In July 4 new databases went live on Ancestry and an additional 2 were updated bringing a total of 1,105,098 new records for searching. New Great Britain, Holocaust Records From The Religious Society of Friends, 1933-1942 (USHMM) UK, Holocaust Records from the British Federation of University Women, 1938-1951 (USHMM) UK, Selected Records Relating to Kindertransport, [...]

Reviewers Stepping Up


Over the past few months we have sent messages to reviewers who have contributed to specific projects in an effort to complete them.  We are very appreciative of the efforts of the reviewers in jumping between projects and putting extra effort in to complete these projects.  In July we completed 4 projects -  Oklahoma, Indian and Pioneer [...]

Family History Month Challenge


UPDATE: The Weekend Warriors drawings have been stretched to 3 days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – and the record threshold increased to 750 records contributed.  (This accommodates everyone, regardless of time zone.) I’ve been thinking of how we should celebrate National Family History Month (Australia and New Zealand) – well, other than working on [...]

Two new USHMM Projects!


This week brings us two new World Memory Project projects – Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945 and Poland, Lódz Ghetto Inhabitant List, 1939-1944. The Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945 project has a wide variety of records – letters, execution lists, arrest lists, prisoner lists and index cards, shootings of civilians, name lists of arrested civilians.  The records are [...]

IAJGS


Next week I will be working at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference in Salt Lake City.  This is the first conference where we have a separate booth area for the World Archives Project and World Memory Project.  I am excited for the opportunity to talk to attendees about what we do – so [...]

Months – A, B, C or 1, 2, 3?


All new projects will have instructions to key months using the 3 letter abbreviations.   We know that there may be some confusion with projects having different instructions – all of the projects will remain the way they have been – so make sure to read the month field helps so you are aware of [...]

Two more new projects!


Today brings us  a nice variety of projects – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Welsh Society of Philadelphia Charity to Immigrants, 1798-1883 and New Zealand Bankruptcy Notices, 1893-1904. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Welsh Society of Philadelphia Charity to Immigrants, 1798-1883 is a smaller project with a wide variety of records.  The records  are handwritten but are generally easy to read.  If you have [...]

Across the world


Today’s new projects span half the world – from West Yorkshire to New South Wales. The West Yorkshire, England, Removal and Settlement, 1627-1912 project spans close to 300 years so… there is a variety of handwriting styles, different record types, a great wealth of knowledge and something for everyone.  These records detail the movement of the poor [...]

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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.