Author Archives for Crista Cowan

Feedback Friday and Project of the Weekend Challenge


It’s Friday!  We’ve had a great week with our World Record Challenge.  We’re headed into a beautiful fall weekend (at least we are here in the Rockies).  We have hundreds of new contributors joining our community every week.  So, let’s make this a Feedback Friday and let’s throw another Project of the Day Weekend Challenge [...]

AWAP Weekly Update


Monday, September 26th It’s the last week of September. (I’m really not sure how that happened. Where did the month go?) There’s are a lot of things happening around here lately. Lots of projects being keyed and reviewed. New contributors joining our community. Anna is holding small training sessions where you can get personal assistance [...]

Fall 2011 World Record Challenge


It’s time for another World Record Challenge. Join us for the next six and half weeks as we put our hands together to key 4 million records from September 15th through October 31st. As a community, we typically key about 80,000 records a day. But, I think we can do better than that. What do [...]

Georgia Civil War Correspondence


It’s Wednesday!  That means we’ve published a new project for keying.  As part of our on-going commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, our project this week is Georgia, Civil War Correspondence, 1847-1865. Before you start keying, take a look at the project page.  You’ll see that there are [...]

Naturalization Records Are Where It’s At


I love, Love, LOVE Naturalization records!  They are one of my favorite set of documents to use for genealogy research. Besides listing the birth date and place of a person, they often contain the exact date of immigration and the name of the ship (making my research into passenger lists SO much easier). Frequently, spouses are [...]

Did You Help Key These Records?


It’s been a busy couple of weeks.  I was in Washington D.C. all last week for the International Jewish Genealogy Conference.  I did seven presentations throughout the week and managed to mention you (our great community) and the Ancestry World Archives Project in most of them.  Also, the director of the United States Holocaust Memorial [...]

World Memory Project Update


It’s a big week for the World Memory Project and the for the Ancestry World Archives Project community.  We published three new projects to key.  We released a new project to search.  And, we are getting ready for a busy week at the IAJGS conference in Washington D.C.  Keep reading for all of the latest [...]

Did You Get It?


Every other month we send out the Ancestry World Archives Project Newsletter. It is typically sent out the last week of the month. The July edition was sent out a couple of days ago via email. Did you get it? If you didn’t get this month’s newsletter, here are links to two of the articles that [...]

British, English or England?


The number two most popular question we get asked is, “When are we keying more British records?” Of course, being an American, I keep thinking, “We have British records available for keying. Why do they keep asking that question?” You see, I was taught that British meant anyone from the island of Great Britain, which [...]

Project of the Day Challenge #3


We’ve got lots of prizes to give away this week!  On Tuesday, July 12th, we invite all of you to key and review image sets from the New York Naturalization Originals project. The top three keyers and the top three reviewers for the day will all be eligibile for a prize of their choice – [...]

Crista Cowan

Crista has been doing genealogy since she was a child. She has been employed at Ancestry.com since 2004. Around here she's known as The Barefoot Genealogist.Google Twitter