Author Archives for afechter

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 [...]

And our new projects this week are…

… California, Spanish Archive Records and USHMM – Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7). The California, Spanish Archive Records project contains records in Spanish and English translation for petitions for land grants prior to California becoming a state.  Due to the unique nature of this project we will be keying minimal information, page numbers [...]

Two “new” projects!

Today we have one new project, Wells, Somerset, England, Bishop’s Transcripts and a returning project, Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 1). The Wells, Somerset, England, Bishop’s Transcripts contains a portion of the Bishop’s Transcripts (copies of parish register entries) that are located in Wells, England.  They are separated into event types, burials, marriages and baptisms and are all [...]

Our new project this week is … Ireland, Marriages, 1771-1812

This is a smaller project and one that is already available on Ancestry - it was OCRed quite a few years ago.  Since this is not in a typical format you will want to review the images on the wiki page to assist you in deciphering what should be keyed. Due to the size and nature of this project [...]

World Memory Project Update

Update: We have returned the projects to the queue until we complete the process of splitting them into smaller projects.  We appreciate your patience and contributions! We have two projects that have been available for over 2 years that we will be removing from the download queue in order to split them into smaller projects. [...]

Daily Challenges

This Friday, February 21, we will have a daily challenge for the World Memory Project/USHMM projects.  There are 3 projects with mainly arbitration and review image sets remaining, USHMM – Krakow, Poland, Applications for ID Cards for Jews during World War II (Part 6), USHMM – UK, Holocaust Records From The British Federation of University Women, 1938-1951 and USHMM [...]

New Projects!

Our new projects this week are… U.S., Military Registers, 1862-1970 (Part 4) These records are mainly from the National Guard and are comprised of a variety of types of records so we are recording basic information for each individual; name, birth date and place if available, and a military date.  Some of the records are very [...]

Keying Parties

Update: We have created a Keying Party page on Facebook that we will mainly use for the keying parties.  In addition to this page we will also have a keying party message board post.  Stay tuned for announcements regarding upcoming parties and Daily Challenges. We haven’t had a keying party for a long time, so [...]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Earlier today I was thinking about the World Archives Project and Valentine’s Day- there are a few projects that stood out, Boston, Missing Irish; Marriages of the Deaf in America; Pavia Marriages and Gretna Green.  Then I went searching through the Live projects and found quite a few more.  Did you realize we had keyed [...]

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 [...]


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.