Released Live Archive

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 […]

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 booth.  With over 3,000 people in […]

Black History Month

You may have learned that there are basic genealogy principles that apply across the board regardless of your heritage.  Start with yourself and work backwards through time.  Talk to your oldest living relatives before it’s too late.  Use the census as a framework for building your family tree then look for original documentation to corroborate […]

California Burial Records LIVE

We called it the “California Biographical Collection – Burial Records” while we were working on it.  Released today, the California Mortuary and Cemetery Records, 1801-1932 marks the 45th indexing project completed by the Ancestry World Archives Project community in just 28 months.  And, like all databases created by these contributors, the index is available to […]


It has been a busy week here. A new project published to you for keying. Two completed projects released to the site with an index created by you, our wonderful community.   UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books (1802-1849) We originally published this 196,000+ record collection to the community on February 17th for keying. […]

New projects all around…

Yesterday we released the New Mexico Territorial Census, 1885 to be keyed.  (This collection came second in voting for the World Record Challenge.)  This project is rated as average mainly due to the quality of the images – although many of the images are pretty clear there are some that are darker and you’ll want to use […]

Yay! Two new projects have “gone Live”…

Over the past few days we have had two projects added to Ancestry for all to search.  Both Andrews and Sands were pretty large projects so they were being keyed for quite a long while…but the time was worth it since there are now 1.27+ million more records available to be searched.  With a combined total of 5966 […]

Lots Happening In March

Here we are already a week into March. I can’t believe how quickly time goes. Frequently, as I’m keying or doing genealogy research I wonder if our ancestors felt the same. Or, did a slower time truly mean slower time. Part of the reason time moves so quickly for me, I think, is because there […]

Monday Milestones – New England Naturalization Indexes Go Live

Just a brief message on this very cold Monday in January and then I’m getting back to some arbitration (maybe with some hot chocolate in hand). Hopefully you caught Anna’s blog post last week announcing the two new projects we released for keying – Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1872-1914 and […]

Nebraska State Census, 1860-1885 Is Now Online

The following post is from guest blogger Suzanne Russo Adams.  Suzanne is the Society Partnership Manager.   About a year ago, I made a phone call to Floyd Smith III, President of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society and asked if this society would be interested in partnering with the Ancestry World Archives Project to […]