Author Archives for afechter

Week 4 Challenge Update

With a day and a half left in the week here is a snapshot of what we have contributed so far.   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980, all of the keying image sets have been downloaded and we will finish the keying of the project by the end of the challenge!  If you [...]

3 New Projects!

Today brings us three new projects – Hampshire, England, Allegations for Marriage Licences, 1689-1837, London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update), and Savannah, Georgia, Licenses and Bonds, 1837-1909. The Hampshire, England, Allegations for Marriage Licences, 1689-1837 project are transcribed records of allegations for marriage licences in Hampshire so although it spans many years we don’t [...]

Week 3 Challenge

We are staying in Europe with the Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards) and Lübeck, Germany, Citizenship Register, 1591-1919 projects. Both projects are average difficulty but with the use of the example images language shouldn’t be a big barrier.  The handwriting on the Cartes électorales de Paris is generally simple to read, [...]

And our new project is…

…the Mainz, Germany, Emigration Register, 1856-1877.  The records give details for individuals who departed from Mainz, Germany.  Because the records span two pages it is important to key the line number for each line, including those that are blank or have details unrelated to the individual.  The records are in German but are on forms so [...]

Challenge Update – Week 1 & 2

We are moving along and had a great first week!  Thank you to all who have participated in the Challenge! The Challenge winners for each week will be posted here. Week 1 Winners: Isle of Wight, England, Non-Conformist Registers, 1832-1937 Keyer: Evelyn P, US Reviewer: Kate R, UK West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914 [...]

Fall Challenge

It is time for a challenge!  We’ll be making our way around the world, one country at a time.  Phileas Fogg thought he could go around the world in 80 days, I think we can do it in 8 weeks. Starting and ending as he did in the UK. Week 1 (October 29-November 2): Isle [...]

Three new projects

Today brings us three new projects – although all are from the U.S. the similarities stop there.   The U.S., Military Registers, 1862-1970 (Part 2) project contains registers for military personnel stationed in Oregon.  There are a wide variety of types of records you will see but all keyed records should be classified as Military Register forms. [...]

Woohoo! More live projects!!

In the past month we have released 5 projects Live on Ancestry.  Between the projects that is more than 1.4 million more records searchable for free! U.S., Cherokee Baker Roll and Records, 1924-1929 U.S., Military Registers, 1862-1970 Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Tax Lists, 1819-1869 Cheddar Rate Book, 1865 USHMM: Czechoslovakia, Selected Jewish Holocaust Records, 1939-1941 Thank [...]

Our new collection is from…

…the smallest island I have visited, the Isle of Wight!  And for such a small island there were certainly quite a few non-conformists.  The new project this week is the Isle of Wight, England, Non-Conformist Registers, 1832-1937.  It is a collection of baptism and marriage records from religious denominations not belonging to the Church of England. If [...]

Back to the South

The past month we have been going back and forth between the UK and the southern US.  Today our new project is the Savannah, Georgia, Select Board of Health and Health Department Records, 1822-1864, 1887-1896 - reading over the diagnoses reminds me of indexing the cause of death from the Wisconsin Mortality Schedules.  Most of the records [...]


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