Author Archives for Crista Cowan

Time For Another Keying Party


If you have joined our community within the last year you may not know about Virtual Keying Parties. But, it’s about time for another one. This coming Tuesday – May 3rd – will be the biggest virtual keying party we have ever held. We invite you to open up your keying tool this Tuesday and [...]

New Keying Tool Now Available


You may have noticed that it took a few seconds longer than usual to open up the Keying Tool today. That’s because we rolled the latest and greatest version of the Keying Tool this morning. We made some changes on the backend that you probably won’t notice at all. We also made some changes in the [...]

Feedback Follow-Up


A couple of weeks ago we discussed new keyers and how best to provide them with encouragement. You had some fantastic feedback! Today I’d like to address a few of those items. One Help Resource To Rule Them All Several of you have expressed frustration that you have to hunt for help. We would like [...]

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!


It’s Thursday.  That must mean there are new projects to talk about. First up are the projects we RELEASED TO SEARCH over the last little while. Sydney and New South Wales, Sands Street Index, 1861-1930, Part 2 was a popular project (mostly, I think because it yielded high record count).  We broke it into two parts [...]

First You Crawl, Then Walk, Then Run


I’d like to use a little analogy to open up a discussion about an opportunity we have in the Ancestry World Archives Project community. Have you ever watched a child learn how to walk? I just spent the weekend with my brother and sister-in-law and my four, adorable nephews. The youngest is just ten months [...]

Keying Quick Tips


I did quite a bit of arbitration and review today.  In light of what I saw, I offer the following tips and suggestions.  These things might help your keying going a little smoother – and improve your accuracy all at the same time. You don’t have to mark every data-less field blank.  I reviewed several [...]

Published and Released


I have two favorite phrases when it comes to the Ancestry World Archives Project.  They are – PUBLISHED FOR KEYING and RELEASED TO SEARCH .  Today we have two of the former and five of the latter.  Wow! Since there’s so much going on I won’t add commentary on each of the collections.  But, I [...]

Got British or Australian Ancestry?


Two completed Ancestry World Archives collections were launched live to search last week.  Since both of these databases were indexed by the AWAP community these indexes are free to search for anyone. Dictionary of National Biography This ambitious project, to produce a biographical dictionary of prominent British and Irish figures from the earliest of times [...]

You Don’t Have To Know Polish


We published another new project for keying last night.  It is the Poland, Jews Displaced from Biała Podlaska to Miedzyrzecz Podlaski, 1942.  These are heart-wrenching records of entire families being forcibly moved from one location to another.  (You can read more about this community here.) If you want to contribute to keying these particular records, [...]

The Week In Review


It’s been a busy few weeks around here. I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City.  Amazing things are happening in the genealogy industry.  It’s exciting to be a part of it all.  And, I love working in the Ancestry.com booth.  With over 3,000 people in [...]

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