Author Archives for afechter

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 [...]

Another new project

This week brings us the New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945 project.  You will encounter a large variety of records including membership records, records of pastors, baptism, marriage, and burial records as well as other various documents and histories.  We will not be keying from records, such as meeting minutes, that often come in [...]

Collections Added to Ancestry in April

April was a busy month with seven new World Archives Project databases, and over a million new records, being added to Ancestry. Isle of Wight, England, Non-Conformist Registers, 1832-1937 Indiana, Quaker Meeting Directories, 1836-1921 U.S., Guilford College Alumni Directory and Yearbooks, 1911-1937, West Yorkshire, England, Militia, 1779-1827 West Yorkshire, England, Prison Records,1801-1914 West Yorkshire, England, [...]

This week’s new projects

Today brings us two new projects from California - California, Alien Land Ownership Records, 1921-1942 and California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950 (Part 5). In the California, Alien Land Ownership Records, 1921-1942 project you will encounter packets and cards with information regarding land held in California by non-naturalized immigrants, mainly of Japanese descent, between 1921 and 1942.  We are [...]

World Memory Project Challenge Winners

We appreciate all of the contributions for the USHMM projects last week during the Days of Remembrance. Tuesday – Top Keyer: Rebecca F*  & Top Reviewer: Elisabeth P Wednesday - Top Keyer: Patricia L  & Top Reviewer: Michael L Thursday - Top Keyer: Jane F  & Top Reviewer: Kate R Friday – Top Reviewer: Sally M* Saturday & [...]

USHMM, Days of Remembrance

This week is Holocaust remembrance week, or the Days of Remembrance.  It also marks our 3rd Anniversary of the World Memory Project.  We have accomplished a lot over the past 3 years! 3100+ contributors have contributed 2.44+ million records We’ve completed 23 projects adding 15 new databases on Ancestry To celebrate this week we will highlight each [...]

New Projects!

We have two new projects today - York, Yorkshire, England, St. Michael le Belfrey Parish Register, 1565-1653 and Caernarfonshire, Wales, Lleyn and Eifionydd Church Registers and Gravestone Inscriptions.   Both projects are small UK collections with fewer than 200 image sets. York, Yorkshire, England, St. Michael le Belfrey Parish Register, 1565-1653 contains Parish records with a variety of [...]

Projects Update

It has been a while since our last update so I am starting fresh. Projects that are 100% keyed or really close: California, Spanish Archive Records – 172 review image sets remaining Savannah, Georgia, Select Board of Health and Health Department Records, 1822-1864, 1887-1896 – 249 review image sets remaining USHMM – Czech Republic, Social Welfare [...]

Happy 5th Anniversary!

We took the Beta tag off the keying tool March 14, 2009 – after a year or so of development we were finally “Live”.  I was so excited to see the many hours of time spent by developers, contributors in testing and our operations team come to full fruition.  Now 5 years later I am [...]


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.