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Scheduled Maintenance Wed. October 28

We want to let you know that the and the Ancestry World Archives Project tool will be down for about 3 hours for scheduled maintenance on early Wednesday morning beginning at 1 AM Mountain Time (that’s 3 AM ET or 7 AM GMT).  Thank you for your patience as we improve our infrastructure.

Give highlights a chance!

We made some improvements to our highlights with the most recent release of the keying tool.  We made some changes on the “back end” that we hope will improve their accuracy in highlighting the desired fields.   We’d like to ask you to please pay special attention to the highlights over the next couple of […]

New Version of the Tool Now Available

A new version of the tool is now ready for installation. This version doesn’t include new functionality but rather is geared toward fixing some of the persistent bugs we’ve been seeing. This new version should take care of several of the known bugs including the “System.MissingMethodException” error and a bug that caused lost data on […]

Just Launched! Tool Improvements

We are excited to announce the launch of a new version of the World Archives Project tool.  We spent months gathering feedback and conducting user testing with contributors to make some changes that are focused on helping to make your indexing more efficient.   One of the biggest changes you will notice is that we […]

Site maintenance POSTPONED until Tues Sept 1, 2009, 1 AM MDT

I posted yesterday about how we were going to perform some site maintenance on Thursday morning at 1am MDT.  We have postponed this planned site maintenance until next Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 1am MDT.  We apologize if this change causes you any inconvenience. The site (and its related Ancestry international sites) will undergo scheduled […]

Scheduled Site Maintenance Tonight

We just wanted to let everyone know that the site (and its related Ancestry international sites) will undergo scheduled maintenance tonight, Thursday, August 27, 2009 starting at 1am Mountain Time (7am GMT).  We expect and its related international sites to be down for about 3 hours.  During this time, you will not be able to […]

Jacksonville Flordia City Directories bug

Thanks to some keyer and arbitrator reports, we’ve identified a bug in the arbitration of the Jacksonville Florida City Directories.  The bug is tied to the “Insert Record” button and it causes the information in the image sets to become “scrambled” when viewed in arbitration.  We are working on a fix for this bug and […]

Announcing a brand new Dashboard page

This morning we launched a new World Archives Project dashboard page.  In addition to a new look, we have added new features to give you better insight into a project’s progress and, for the first time, links to all of the World Archives Project databases that are live on The “Available” project list lets […]

Alabama State Census database is now available on

We are so excited to announce that the Alabama State Census , 1820 – 1866 record collection is now live!  This is the second record collection indexed through the World Archives Project to go live on Thanks to your efforts, 478,375 names are now indexed and searchable for free on A little about […]

The project pages get a face lift!

Today the Ancestry World Archives project pages got a facelift.  In addition to an updated look, we added an indicator of a project’s difficulty, links to the form types for that project, and more visible help links.   You can check out the new pages by clicking on any project name, such as the Southern […]