News Archive

World Memory Project – Student Program


This past fall the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry launched a program for students in the U.S. to participate in keying records as part of their experience in learning about the Holocaust. The USHMM education staff have reached out to schools and we currently have 3 schools participating in the program. Having two [...]

What projects are high priority?


We receive emails and see message board posts with this question on a regular basis. This is a tough one to answer for this main reason – if you have chosen to participate you have the ultimate say regarding what projects you will contribute to. Are there projects that we will hope to draw your [...]

Pavia Projects


Our oldest projects, Pavia, Lombardia, Italia: Registri di Morte, 1866-1937 and Pavia, Lombardia, Italia: Registri di Matrimonio, 1866-1937, have been around for almost 4 years and are some of our slowest moving projects, with projected completion dates of 2643 and 2713.  For these reasons, length of time they have been available (they were set up in a [...]

The second week of December brings us two new projects!


Today we released Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, Church Records, 1636-1850 and New York, New York, Quarterly Abstracts of Seamen’s Protection Certificates, 1815-1869. The Rhode Island, Vital Extracts, Church Records, 1636-1850 are a collection of vital records, for Rhode Island, taken from records kept by the churches.  They include birth, marriage, death, and other records.  We are [...]

Happy Thanksgiving!


As I sit on the hotel room floor, trying not to disturb those of my family who are still sleeping, I am especially grateful for technology advances that allow me to have flexibility of where I am working.  This reminds me of my first indexing experience.  I had a 20+ hour project that I had to [...]

Challenge Update


Yesterday brought the end of the alphabet.  We completed 418 image sets for the U.S., 1928 Baker Roll and Records. Keyer: Kim B, Virginia Reviewer: Ann S, Pennsylvania The last challenge is a four day pick-your-project marathon!  With it being a holiday weekend, November 22-November 25, in the U.S. this may give the advantage to those [...]

It’s Wednesday and time for a “new” project.


This week we are releasing another oldie but a goodie – USHMM – Krakow, Poland, Applications for ID Cards for Jews during World War II (Part 3).  Although the project may seem a little more difficult – since it is mainly in German – I have found that the questionnaires aren’t as difficult since they are [...]

Challenge Update


Three challenges down, many more to come! Challenge 3, Dorset QS Books, ended yesterday. We ended up completing 4995 records which is a 1000% increase over the same days in prior weeks. Keyer: Kate R, UK Reviewer: Barbara W, Arkansas During Challenge 2, California Railroad Employment Records, we completed 77,840 records which is double the records [...]

Challenge 1 – American Volunteer Soldiers, Mexican War, 1846-1848


We had a great weekend with a total of 11,462 records being contributed to the American Volunteer Soldiers, Mexican War, 1846-1848 – this is a 500% increase from the previous weekend! Our challenge winners are: Keyer: Michael T, Alabama Reviewer: Jane F, Texas Thank you to everyone who keyed on this, and all of the projects, this [...]

Are you up for a challenge?


Have you ever played the alphabet game?  There are many varieties of this game but the basic gist is to list or find things in alphabetical order.  We like to take road trips so we try to find signs with the letters in the alphabet, or licence plates, or objects…  The alphabet game is a [...]