Milestones Archive

Marriages on the sly…


In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries many couples ventured to Scotland to get married.  Why?  Of course to avoid the confines of Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act of 1753!   We are excited to let you know that last week we released one of the oldest and largest of the Gretna Green marriage registers - and one of [...]

Monday Milestones: As November Comes to a Close


Hard to believe that November has come to an end.  Now we find December upon us and with it the end of 2009.  I’m not quite sure where the year has gone, but what a year it has been.   Before we close the door on November I want to take a moment and reflect [...]

Monday Milestones: Two Weeks Into November


This month we are focusing on military records.  It’s been touching to read your comments here on the blog, over on our Facebook page, and on the message boards regarding the many ancestors of yours that served in the military through the years.   My own great-grandfather was stationed in France on 11 Nov 1918.  I have [...]

Monday Milestones: November – A Month To Remember!


During the month of October we focused on naturalization records.  I spent quite a bit of time keying and arbitrating on the New York Naturalization Originals project.  It was fun and REALLY interesting to see life stories play out in just a few short lines on such important documents.  People from all over the world [...]

Monday Milestones: Marriages of the Deaf in America Released Live to Ancestry.com


Another community keyed project has gone live at Ancestry.com!   In 1887, Alexander Graham Bell founded the Volta Bureau to serve as a “center of information for deaf and hard of hearing person.”  Between 1888 and 1895, a research project was undertaken by Dr. Edward Allen Fay to learn more about marriages of the deaf [...]

Monday Milestones: Really a Tuesday Teaser


Two weeks ago I said I’d be posting every Monday.  And so far, that’s the only Monday I’ve posted.  Consistency is not easy!  First, there was Labor Day so I wasn’t here at work but out enjoying the last hours of summer here in the mountains.  This weekend I made a quick (very quick) trip [...]

Happy 400th Birthday New York!


It is estimated that well over 1/3 of the population of the United States can trace their ancestry through New York at one time or another.  Me?  I have a 5th great-grandmother (Charlotte Bouton) who was born in Rensselaer County, New York in 1780.  On another line of my family, my 3rd great-grandfather (David Heaps) [...]

Monday Milestones – Ontario Marriages Now Online!


Welcome to the first edition of the Ancestry World Archives Project’s Monday Milestones!  Every Monday we’ll be sharing some of the things this amazing community has accomplished over the course of the past week.   The big news this week is the release of the Ontario, Canada Marriage Registers by Clergy (1896-1948).  Over 330 of [...]

England and Wales Criminal Registers are now online!


Yay!  The England and Wales Criminal Registers project was a favorite amongst contributors, mainly due to the incredibly fascinating information that we were keying – although we didn’t key the offenses I am positive we all read them.  And really, in what other collection would I be keying the name “Bottle of Beer” and wondering what [...]

Thank You from the Sr. Director of Ancestry World Archives Project


As those of us in the U.S. celebrate Memorial Day and  remember our loved ones this weekend let us also celebrate their lives, the hopes and dreams that many of our ancestors had and show gratitude to them for the characteristics and passions they passed onto us that make us who we are today.   [...]