News Archive

300,000+ more records are now Live!


We recently released two databases – and there will be a handful more coming later this month.  Between them there were 337,000 names keyed by 2000 contributors over countless hours. U.S., Buffalo Soldiers, Returns From Regular Army Cavalry Regiments, 1866-1916 Alabama, Marriages, Deaths, Wills, Court, and Other Records, 1784-1920, aka Alabama Reference Name Files What [...]

New LIVE Databases!


In September we have released 6 new live databases!! Georgia Civil War Correspondence 1847-1865 U.S., Navy Casualties Books, 1776-1941 Montgomery County, Indiana Index to Birth Records, 1882-1920 Bartholomew County, Indiana Index to Birth Records, 1883-1920 USHMM – Records of the World Jewish Congress in Romania And, we need a drum roll for this one… New [...]

Woohoo! We now have a Mac version of the keying tool!


For the past few months we have been working on the newest tool for the World Archives Project and we are excited to announe that the Mac version of the keying tool is now live.  This opens the door to another community of contributors who can  help us bring more free historical record collections to the public. [...]

Wiki troubles


Update: The wiki is officially fixed.  If you encounter difficulties signing in please notify our support team, worldarchivessupport@ancestry.com.  Yes, you can access the wiki, read instructions and view images – phew!  What you cannot do right now is sign in to the wiki to post questions, or make edits.  We are working on this issue and I [...]

3 More LIVE Databases!


In August we released 3 databases available for searching on Ancestry. 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Immigration Records, Special Boards of Inquiry, 1893-1909 Second Census of Kentucky, 1800 Thank you to the 377 contributors who keyed and reviewed the 119,000+ records in these collections!

Recent addition of review image sets … an explanation.


You may have noticed that the reappearance of projects we had previously “completed.”  There was an error discovered with a few of the smaller projects where not all of the review image sets were being created.  We have resolved the issue hence the increase in review image sets.  (And we have taken steps to ensure [...]

It’s Wednesday so there must be new projects!


Two new projects are now available to key – Rutherford County Marriages and USHMM – Krakow, Poland, Applications for ID Cards for Jews during World War II (Part 2). The Marriages of Rutherford County, North Carolina, 1779-1868 is a small collection.  The records are typed so this is a perfect collection for beginners to work [...]

Check out all of the new LIVE projects!


In the past month we have released 6 projects Live on Ancestry!!  Because of your efforts there are now 329,000+ more records available to be searched. California, American Biography and Genealogy Dorset, England, Militia Lists, 1757-1860 Dorset, England, Vagrant Passes, 1739-1791 Dutchess County, New York, Naturalization Records, 1932-1989 North Carolina, State Census, 1784-1787 Pennsylvania, U.S. [...]

More Live Projects!


Over the past month, and a bit, we have released 6 more projects live on Ancestry – wow! U.S. Subject Index to Correspondence and Case Files of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1903-1959 New York, Erie County Census 1855, 1865, 1875 Middlesex, England, Convict Transportation Contracts, 1682-1787 1770-1790 Census of the Cumberland Settlements USHMM- Poland, Jews [...]

Woohoo!


Here are a few updates that I am very excited about. New York, U.S. Naturalization Records – Original Documents, 1795-1972 is almost complete!  There are still a few image sets being worked on but they are all checked out.   This project has been a favorite since 20o9.  Thank you to the 8545 contributors who have [...]