Archives for November, 2011

#4 Voted for Project is now Available for Keying!

Earlier today we released Dorset, England, Quarter Session Order Books, 1625-1951.  The Quarter Session Books contain the court orders for over 300 years so you will see some variation in how the records look as you move from the 1600’s into the 1900’s.  Due to the variety of records and the older handwriting we have […]

Happy Thanksgiving and let the Challenge begin!

Yes, for many of you I am a few hours behind.  This morning part of my family will be working to prepare dinner for the rest of us and a few others will be running in the local Turkey Trot.  So I have to admit that I won’t be reviewing any image sets until the football fest […]

World Archives Project Update

Last week we released another project Live to Ancestry,  Pennsylvania, U.S. Naturalization Originals, 1795-1930.  This is the fourth Naturalization Originals database that is now available to search because of your contributions!  In looking for our immigrant ancestors the Naturalization collections can provide a wealth of information – I know I am waiting for when the New York […]

And, if one collection wasn’t enough…the U.S., Seamen Protection Certificates, 1792-1868 also went Live today!

The Seamen Protection Certificates were issued for the protection of the sailors so their identity and nationality wouldn’t be questioned.  You can read more about the certificates here. Thank you to the 394 contributors who keyed and arbitrated these records so there are now over 77,000 names to search!

Do you remember keying the Prison Hulk Registers?

Thanks to the efforts of 442 contributors the UK, Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books, 1802-1849 collection is now live on Ancestry to search! At the time the prisons were so full that temporary prisons were set up on decommissioned naval ships in the harbor – this temporary arrangement ended up lasting for 47 years!  […]

Voting Project #3 is ready to be keyed!

The third most voted for project, California, American Biography and Genealogy, Volumes I-II, 1912, is now ready to be keyed.  We will be keying information regarding prominent individuals in California in the year 1912.  This project is a little smaller so make sure to grab a few image sets before they disappear!

World Memory Project Update – More LIVE Projects!

Earlier today the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and announced that material from four Museum collections containing information on more than 30,000 victims of Nazi persecution is now available online at and can be searched at no cost.  The collections were keyed by community contributors (you!) as part of the World Memory Projectand contain […]

Fall Record Challenge – Let the keying begin!

I hope you’re not tuckered out after the mad dash to reach 4,000,000 records because… (do you hear the drum roll?) with the highest number of votes London, England, Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records has now been released for your keying pleasure.   Over the next two+ months we will be releasing the remaining projects in the order they were voted […]