News Archive

Keying tool status


We are still working on getting the new tool to beta stage for testing.  Sadly there were some backend issues we ran into that have put us behind.  We don’t have a set date yet for the beta release but we know it will be a few more weeks. We are feeling the crunch and […]

Change is in the air


Over the past few months we have been hard at work on updating the keying tool.  The keying tool 2.0 will be available in the coming weeks – likely end of October. Due to backend changes occurring at Ancestry the keying tool will be down starting the 30th until the new tool is ready.  Unfortunately, […]

U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880


The project, U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880 has been with the community since early 2013.  Due to how long the project is taking, we’ve decided to carve rolls off and send them to a payed indexer.  The project, once complete, will be merged back together and made available free to the […]

Happy 6th Anniversary World Memory Project!


Six years ago, coinciding with the Days of Remembrance, Ancestry and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum introduced  the World Memory Project.  Over the past six years we have accomplished a lot.  The projects we have completed are generally in German and Polish but we have also indexed Czech, English, French and Romanian records – we applaud all who have contributed. […]

Projects Update


Wow!  This is long overdue. In 2016 we indexed 405,134 image sets for a total of 15,234,403 records contributed.  Since the beginning of the year we have indexed 80,180 image sets for a total of 3,882,024 records contributed.  We completed 43 project and 57 projects were launched live on Ancestry.  What a great effort! Projects that are over a […]

Eight Years!


Today marks eight years since the World Archives Project officially went live.  In eight years we have… Contributed more than 149 million records Completed 350 projects – 336 live databases on Ancestry Become a great community Thank you to all who have contributed over the years – indexing, answering questions, providing feedback – you have made a […]

Projects nearing completion


UPDATE: The Pennsylvania, County Slave Records project is now complete!  And there are now only 465 keying image sets for New South Wales, Australia, Sheriff’s Papers.  Amazing progress.   When I open the download screen I generally sort by the Progress column – when testing I sort from from smallest to largest and when indexing from largest to […]

Challenge #2 is underway


UPDATE: Challenge #2 Winners Top Keyer: Mary-Lyn, UK Top Reviewer: Kate, UK Drawing Winners: Stephen, USA and Malcolm, UK Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who contributed – we completed more than 5000 records!   Challenge #2 is the Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847.  There are currently 700+ keying image sets […]

Popular projects


Generally I have a good feel for what projects are getting the most attention but sometimes I am surprised. Over the past month it came as no surprise that the most records were contributed for the Kansas, City and County Census project, 806,000+.  In a distant second in contributions was the Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices […]

Eight years later…


Last month marked the unofficial 8th anniversary of the World Archives Project.  This time eight years ago was hectic – working through the invited beta, getting ready for the public to see the keying tool, getting help articles ready, and convincing others that we were ready for this.  Offsetting the hectic pace was the excitement […]