Author Archives for afechter

Mac Update

A few weeks ago we made some changes in the background at Ancestry that had an impact on the ability of  certain programs to connect with Ancestry and authenticate your username and password.  We have worked on the software to make it compatible again and are in currently in the testing phase awaiting the go [...]

Additional West Yorkshire Removal and Settlement Records

Today we added more images to the West Yorkshire Removal and Settlement Records project and a few more will be coming.  This project contains removal, settlement and examination records from West Yorkshire, England.  These are handwritten records where there are 1-2 records on an image to key.  If you have questions please post them on the Discussion page [...]

Two “new” projects!

Today brings us the New South Wales, Australia, Land Records, 1856-1859 (Part 2) and Surrey, England, Regimental Rolls, 1892-1947 (Part 2). The New South Wales, Australia, Land Records, 1856-1859 (Part 2) contains records of land purchased in New South Wales, Australia, 1857-1859.  Records are handwritten but are generally legible.  If you have questions or feedback you can post them on [...]

What went LIVE in December

December brought us six more projects that are available to search on Ancestry. Georgia, Central Register of Convicts, 1817-1976 New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary’s Papers, 1788-1856 New Zealand, Who’s Who in New Zealand and the Western Pacific, 1908, 1925, 1938 Oregon, Biographical and Other Index Card File, 1700s-1900s West Yorkshire, England, Bastardy Records, 1690-1914 [...]

Challenge #1 Results

We had an amazing couple days focused on the Cartes électorales de Paris and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980 projects completing a total of 801 image sets and 8900 records. Top Keyer: Jane F Top Reviewers: Cartes Electorales – Glenys P Ottawa Journal – Brenda W    There were 6 contributors who completed over 600 records and a [...]

Let’s Start 2015 Off With a Bang

UPDATE: All contributors who complete 2015 records during the month will be entered into a drawing for their choice of a t-shirt, water bottle or thumb drive.  New contributors in the month of January who complete 100 records will be entered in a separate drawing. In addition there will be Project of the Day Challenges*, working [...]

Happy New Year’s!

Looking back at 2014 we accomplished a lot, especially considering we had a few large hurdles along the way. Completed projects – 53, for a total of 5.4 million records. Live projects – 56, for a total of 9.2 million more records available to search Keyed – 8.1+ million records submitted, 24.2 million fields keyed [...]

Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847

Our new project this week – and the last new project for the year – is the Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847.  The records you will encounter are a variety of lists and letters from the Famine Relief Commission.  We will be keying each name that you encounter on the records.  The handwriting can be [...]

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980 (Part 2)

Today’s new project is Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980 (Part 2).  This is very similar to “part 1″ (that we are getting close to having completely reviewed) with the main difference being that we presorted the pages and every image you download will have records to key.   I like this project as I [...]

Pennsylvania, Coal Employment Records, 1900-1960

Our new project today is the Pennsylvania, Coal Employment Records, 1900-1960.  These records are cards with information for employees of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company – many times there will be the front of the card you key and the next image is the back which we are not keying.  Some of the records are typed [...]


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.