The Ancestry.com World Archives Project has now moved from an invited beta phase where only invited members were able to participate, to a public beta stage where anyone can participate. You can read about it on the main Ancestry.com Blog here.
If you have friends or family members that you think would be interested in participating to help preserve the world’s records, please share the opportunity with them. The URL for the main World Archives Project page on Ancestry.com is www.ancestry.com/WorldArchivesProject and we invite you to share it with anyone interested.
We also wanted to take the opportunity to let everyone know about some improvements and additions we’ve made in recent weeks based on your feedback during the invited beta phase:
· Added the ability to drag image highlights to move them so that they can more accurately highlight what you are keying.
· Created an enhanced list of suggested entries. When you are keying and suggestions come up, just click the “more” option or press F12 and you will see additional suggested entries as well as helpful information about using wildcards. (Wildcards can also be used in the main Enter Data screen without bringing up the enhanced list of suggested entries.)
· Added personalized options to the tool. Just select “File” and then “Options” and you can select the font size when entering data, choose whether the tool auto-completes what you enter based on suggested entries, pick your own custom image highlight color and more.
· Addition of a News section in the keying tool showing posts we make to this blog, as well as a section showing your own keying stats.
· Created a Dashboard page on the Ancestry.com site that includes information on the status of your work, available projects, community leaders and more.
· Included a World Archives Project message board section on various Ancestry.com pages. You can access the message board directly here. This is a place where you can pose questions and suggestions to help each other within the community. We may also occasionally post replies to questions there, but our main posts will be here in the World Archives Project News blog.
Thank you again for your valuable feedback during this beta phase of the Ancestry.com World Archives Project. And thanks for helping preserve the world’s records!