Author Archives for afechter

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 […]

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 […]


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.