Author Archives for afechter

New Project!

Update:  We experienced some difficulties after publishing this project.  In correcting these issues many of the completed image sets were returned to the queue.  We apologize for the results of this error – your quality may have decreased, and we lost the time and efforts that had been contributed.  We assure you that we will [...]

World Memory Project

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.   In 2011 and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum partnered and launched the World Memory Project.  Since that time 3000 contributors have contributed 2.3+ million records, completing 18 projects resulting in 14 databases that are searchable for free on  To commemorate this day I have set a goal [...]

Another new Project

Today brings us the UK, De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, 1914-1924 project.  I have to start by saying that my favorite part of this project is the pictures – we so seldom see the subjects of the records we are keying.  This project is the compilation of biographies of over 26,000 casualties of the Great War.   [...]

After a short season of famine…

We have four “new” projects today! California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1919 (Part 3) This collection is comprised of pay lists, and various employment records for persons working on the railroad. Many of these workers were Asian immigrants who came to build the railroad across America. This collection also contains a “Black List” volume which contain the names [...]

Project Update

Our last update was in September and in the past 3 months we have made great progress. Projects that have been available for over a year. Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards)  (Now: 27.4% Then: 23.3%) Dorset, England, Quarter Session Order Books, 1625-1951 (Now: 75.7% Then: 65.5%) Kansas, [...]

“New” Projects

Today brings the return of two familiar projects, the New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2) and USHMM – Krakow, Poland, Applications for ID Cards for Jews during World War II (Part 6).  We have not changed much in the New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2) from the part 1 of the project so if [...]

Challenge Update – The beginning of the end…

This is the first day in the last week of our Challenge.  I have keyed a few projects during the Challenge that I haven’t keyed for a little while which is most of the reason why we hold Challenges – other than it is fun to have some competition and win prizes! Our projects this [...]

Challenge Update, Week 7

We had another great week!  It took me a little while to figure out all of the Challenge winners which means that we had a lot of involvement.  Thank you to all who participated in the Challenge. Here are the Week 6 winners: Savannah, Georgia, Licenses and Bonds, 1837-1909 Keyer: Anna Marie D, USA Reviewer: [...]

Week 5 Winners and Week 6 is upon us

Week 5 Challenge winners are: Top Keyers Gregory B, USA Pearl W, UK Sammie C, USA Top Reviewers Karen T, UK Kim B, USA Joan D, CAN We completed 11,845 image sets for a total of 401,654 records.  Thank you to everyone who contributed – including our 41 new keyers! And our Week 6 projects [...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yes, it is nearing the end of the day… turkey is eaten, leftovers are packaged, family has left and I am enjoying the sounds of the dishwasher.  As I ponder the day and the many, many things I am thankful for my thoughts turn to my family. Nearing five years ago five beautiful children came [...]


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.