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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 [...]

More LIVE databases to search


This month we have added 3 more databases keyed by our community! Pennsylvania, Society of Mayflower Descendants Applications, 1911-1929 Texas, Convict and Conduct Registers, 1875-1945 USHMM – Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 All together there are 360,028 new records keyed and reviewed by  740 contributors. Thank you to all who contributed to these projects!

New Keying Projects


This week brings us two very different projects - Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter, 1738-1925 and U.S., Military Registers, 1862-1970 (Part 5).   The Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter, 1738-1925 project contains images of the newspaper for close to a 200 year period.  We will be keying birth, marriage and death records – these could be from birth, [...]

Another new project


Our new project this week is the England, Criminal Lunatic Asylum Registers, 1820-1843.  This is a pretty small collection, with less than 100 image sets, and contains information about individuals who were convicted of crimes and found to be criminally insane.  If you have questions about the keying of this project please post them on the Discussion [...]

Heading Down Under this week…


This week we have two new projects - New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1825 and New Zealand, Who’s Who in New Zealand and the Western Pacific, 1908, 1925, 1938.  They are both relatively small projects 200 and 700 image sets respectively. New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1825 is a collection of letters from the Colonial [...]

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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.