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 contributors (5147 who keyed Andrews) there are many of you who need to give yourselves a pat on the back!
Andrews, aka England, Newspaper Index Cards, is a collection of newspaper clippings, and transcriptions, pasted onto index cards detailing births, marriages, etc. I still recall keying the announcements for the death of a serviceman and less than a month later the birth of his son; my heart ached for the young wife. Although these records were not the easiest to key it was definitely worth the time it took to bring these events to life.
Sands, aka Sydney and New South Wales, Sands Street Index, 1861-1930, was our first directory project. In Australia directories are key to family history research due to the lack of census records. Through the years of directories one can track their ancestors through time – knowing where they lived and possibly the names of their spouses. With Sands 2 being complete we’re looking for a new project – keep your eyes peeled!
And we were remiss in celebrating the release of Perth, Scotland, Survey of Inhabitants, 1766, 1773 which was live on the site in July. It has been a busy summer, hasn’t it.