Archives for May, 2009

Join us in celebrating New York’s 400th Anniversary


As we are gearing up to celebrate the 400th anniversary of New York in September my mind turned to the collections we are keying in the Ancestry World Archives Project – what better way to celebrate our beloved state than by preserving its history and making it free to the public? Join us in honoring [...]

New Project – Michigan Passenger and Crew Lists, 1902-1954


Yesterday we added a new project to the mix – the Michigan Passenger and Crew lists!  I think you will find this project, along with all of the others, to be not only a fun but also educational project to work on.  I love seeing where people came from and where they settled.  There are a [...]

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.   [...]

New Project! Lubeck Volkszahlung 1807 & 1812


If you are not a German speaker don’t let these records scare you off.  I think they are a good place to test the waters if you haven’t before – we are keying mainly the surnames but sometimes you find a given name listed as well.   As with all handwritten documents,  reading the handwriting can [...]

Alabama State Census database is now available on Ancestry.com


We are so excited to announce that the Alabama State Census , 1820 – 1866 record collection is now live!  This is the second record collection indexed through the World Archives Project to go live on Ancestry.com. Thanks to your efforts, 478,375 names are now indexed and searchable for free on Ancestry.com. A little about [...]

New Projects!


Earlier today we released five new projects – the Returns from U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916.  These five projects are similar in feel, you will encounter the same form types and similar information, except for different states, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  It truly [...]