Author Archives for afechter

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. [...]

Project Update

The year is off to a great start!  We completed 65,472 image sets in January and surpassed that in February with 72,879 – split almost evenly between key and review. And keeping you up to date with our projects that are 100% keyed: Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter, 1738-1925 - 590 review image sets remaining (470 completed) [...]

New Year’s Challenge Wrap-up

During the month of January we had 8 Challenges featuring 11 projects.  We saw a great boost to many of these older projects. Here is a recap of the winners: Challenge #1 – Cartes Electorales and Ottawa Journal Jane F, Glenys P and Brenda W Challenge #2 – Tennessee Early Land Registers Linda W and Kate R Challenge #3 – U.S. Southern [...]

Two more “new” projects

We have a handful of projects that we will see again and again as we work through all of the parts of the project.  This week brings us Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 2) and Oregon, Biographical and Other Index Card File, 1700s-1900s (Part 2). Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 2) is coming to just [...]


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.