Author Archives for afechter

A few new projects

Today brings us the following new projects.   New Zealand, Officiating Ministers, 1882-1920 - This is a small, typed collection giving the names of the ministers for churches throughout New Zealand.  If you have questions or feedback please post a message on the Discussion page.  New Zealand, Sheep Returns, 1887-1890 - This is another small, typed collection containing [...]

Projects Update

I won’t admit how long it has been since the last update – you will have to look through the archives and find out.  The flip side of it being a while is seeing how many projects we have completed, those in red plus a few more. Then: Projects that are completely keyed or really [...]

What went Live in August?

In the last few weeks of August 2 new databases were released and 1 more was updated.  These were smaller projects with the contributions of 1052 individuals resulting in more than 134,000 records. New: Ireland, Marriages in Walker’s Hibernian Magazine, 1771-1812 Willamette Valley, Oregon, Death Records, 1838-2006 Update: California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950 Thank you [...]

3 “New” Projects

Today we have 3 projects that are new to most of us. These projects have been being keyed by a group in the UK and we are now making them available for everyone to key and review.   Surrey, England, Calendar of Prisoners, 1848-1902 - This project contains records court records of individuals on trial in Quarter [...]

5, Yes 5, New Projects!

Today we are catching up on the slump we have had over the past few weeks.  There were a few back end issues we had to resolve before new projects could be made available in the keying tool – you would get a kick out of how excited we were when we were told we [...]

Challenge Wrap-up

Wow!  We had a great weekend.  There were 28,606 records keyed and 38,313 records reviewed – 81 contributors participated of whom 14 completed 1000+ records. The Challenge winners are: Top Keyer: Peggy S, USA Top Reviewer: Linda S, UK Weekend Warrior drawing winners: Vicki M, USA Sally M, AUS   Thank you to all who participated [...]

Challenge Update

Yesterday 32 contributors submitted image sets for a total of 14,970 records keyed. Top keyer: Beryl M, UK (although 4 image sets may not seem impressive for this project that equals 1600 records!) Overall Top Reviewer: Marcelle R, USA  Our remaining Challenge is over Saturday and Sunday for the Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 [...]

Challenge winners!

Updated with winners from the 19th. Here are all of the winners to date: 8 & 9: New South Wales Government Gazettes Top keyer: Jane, USA Top reviewer: Kerrie, AUS 13th: West Yorkshire Quarter Sessions Top keyer: Kathie G, CAN Top reviewer: Erica V, UK 16th: Belfast, Northern Ireland, Newsletter Top keyer: Elizabeth S, CAN [...]

What went LIVE in July?

In July 4 new databases went live on Ancestry and an additional 2 were updated bringing a total of 1,105,098 new records for searching. New Great Britain, Holocaust Records From The Religious Society of Friends, 1933-1942 (USHMM) UK, Holocaust Records from the British Federation of University Women, 1938-1951 (USHMM) UK, Selected Records Relating to Kindertransport, [...]

Reviewers Stepping Up

Over the past few months we have sent messages to reviewers who have contributed to specific projects in an effort to complete them.  We are very appreciative of the efforts of the reviewers in jumping between projects and putting extra effort in to complete these projects.  In July we completed 4 projects -  Oklahoma, Indian and Pioneer [...]


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.