New Keying Tool Now Available


You may have noticed that it took a few seconds longer than usual to open up the Keying Tool today. That’s because we rolled the latest and greatest version of the Keying Tool this morning.

We made some changes on the backend that you probably won’t notice at all. We also made some changes in the tool itself that might affect you. Here’s what’s new:

Improved International Characters and Diacritics
In the last couple of months we published a few foreign language projects that don’t fall within our standard Ancestry.com language capabilities. We have a few more coming up. In order to accommodate these projects, and so you can help key them whether you read the language or not, we have expanded our international character map to make sure we capture all necessary diacritics.

To learn all about diacritics – what they are, why they are used, how to key them – visit the International Characters and Diacritics page on the World Archives Wiki.

Other Languages
When you select an image set for download you can see what language the project is in – and can, in fact, filter on this column. Originally this list contained only the standard Ancestry.com language capabilities. We have now include an “other” language option for collections that have other languages or that have more than one language present in the documents.

Don’t read a foreign language? Don’t worry. You don’t have to be able to read the language to help key the records. Many of these documents are cleanly fielded and we provide field helps and project instructions to assist you. Download something new today and give it a try. Then, let us know how it went.

Until next time – Happy Keying!

P.S. – If you leave your keying tool open all the time, exit out and reopen it to install the latest version.

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When will you be able to have Mac owners participate in these projects??!! would really like to contribute…

Be aware that this is an 11Mb download and those on metered or slow connections may want to choose when they do the upgrade.

When are we going to have the full 1911 UK census? Not just the index which isn’t much use if you are trying to build families.

I am also waiting egerly for the 1911 census. I hope it will be soon.

I too would love to help with this effort but only have access to the Mac platform at home and at work. How can we help?

As with Constance and Kathy, would love to help but Mac user, will this ever become possible?

Mac user here too. Any chance of ever getting a keying system like Family search have, which is multi platform? Buying virtual windows software and a new os for the mac isn’t a great solution for me.

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I haven’t worked on the Archive Projects in a while. I was trying to log in to the Keying Tool and it kept telling me that my information didn’t match anything in their records. I then completely changed my username and password with the same problem. I even logged off Ancestry and back again, still no luck. Can anyone help me with this? An email or message is great! Thanks!

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