Posted by afechter on August 31, 2010 in World Archives Project

Over the past few months we have released 3 new projects keyed through the World Archives Project, England, Newspaper Index Cards, Sydney and New South Wales, Sands Street Index, 1861-1930 and Perth, Scotland, Survey of Inhabitants, 1766, 1773.  The indexes for these projects, containing more than 1.27 million records, can be searched for free due to the efforts of 5500+ contributors!

The Andrews Collection, 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.

The Sydney and New South Wales, Sands Street Index, 1861-1930, was our first directory project keyed by the community.  In Australia directories are important to family history research due to the lack of census records -researchers can track their ancestors location through time and hopefully find the names of other relatives.

And Perth, Scotland, Survey of Inhabitants, 1766, 1773 records landlords and tenants – sometimes appearing as letters and more often as easy to follow forms.  The landlords were requested to provide an account of their tenants, sub-tenants and familes including their occupations and what parish they came from so this collection is a treasure trove of information.

Congratulations to our World Archive Project contributors!

The World Archives Project allows anyone, anywhere to help preserve history by typing facts from historical records into searchable online collections that are free to the public. Click here to learn more about joining our community of contributors.


Anna is the Community Operations Manager for In this role her main responsibility is managing the World Archives Project. You can send an email to Anna at afechter@ancestry dot com.


  1. Sonya

    Great work to the keyers! (is that a word?)
    I found my great-great grandfather in the Sydney Sands Directory for 1898 two days ago. The house is still there in Glebe so I went and took photos of it.

    I also see the two AU Census projects are almost complete – so excited!

    Thanks to all.

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