Happy Holidays!

This time of year is one of my favorites – even the cooler weather. We gather as families and friends, enjoy special foods and traditions and in my family it is also a time of reminiscing.

In our family we celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. Last night we ate latkes and lit the first candle on our menorah. My husband’s grandmother was born and raised in Israel, her family immigrated from Poland and we enjoy being able to honor her and her family by keeping the family traditions alive. As Hanukkah comes to an end we will continue to honor and celebrate other traditions from Lithuania, Sweden, Germany, and England.

We talk about our ancestors, their religions, their traditions, and how they came to the USA and Canada. We look at our trees and how we are all connected. Some of the stories, pictures and recipes have been passed on, and for some I need to research a little more. I think of all the research my family and I have done over the years and how much simpler it is with online records!

I hope that as you go through this holiday season that you take some time to reflect on who/where you come from.

From my family to yours ~ Happy holidays!


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Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas to all you at Ancestry.com. I too reflect on all my German, English & Swedish traditions. If it wasn’t for Ancestry.com I would not have all those connections to my family. so thank you for this web site & all its information.

Nice hearing from you Anna! Thanks for sharing your holiday memories.

I’m from New England ancestry. At Thanksgiving we boil all the vegetables such as various squashes, onions, and potatoes. We start with a relish tray of celery, olives, etc. Desserts are pumpkin pie, mincemeat pie, and apple pie.

My Southern husband has sweet potato casserole, ham, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, and pecan pie in addition to the turkey.

Christmas is the same for us! I love hearing Handel’s Messiah, my favorite music! Mom and Dad would drag us to hear it. I’d look at the program and think these words are short and we’ll be out of here in a hurry. Not! The words were sung over and over. Haha! Again my fav!

Merry Christmas to Ancestry, to you Anna, and to our keying family!

Is there a problem with recording records entered? I have noticed that my totals are not reflective of the records entered so I have started counting Total from yesterday = 739 records entered/6502 total but despite – capturing 30 images and entering 33 individual records (BMD Belfast Telegraph) the end total was 759/6522 so something is wrong somewhere (wouldn’t be because I’m due a discount shortly so restricting my totals so I don’t meet the 900 in 90 days would it?!!! 🙁

Blessed Christmas and Hanukkah! I have been the researcher of my family tree (my forest!) since 1982. I began looking for my ancestor’s footfalls in our rural family cemetery with gravestone rubbing. I heard those whispers through the granite of those who shadowed the grounds I walked. I have loved the footpath I have been able to follow through to my 65th greats; they are not just names on a piece of paper to me; I have learned as well their daily ways; their challenges of living and making their lives better than the generation before them. I wonder of their faith that would see them rely on their spiritual beliefs during their struggles and their joys. Their ancestral traditions of foods and ways of life, which I now share with my children’s children. Ancestry.com has kept me company through my journey since Family Tree Maker of its infancy to the magic of researching in Ancestry.com. So, as we approach yet another Christmas season we are blest to know our past to be thankful for our present and prepare for our future.

Also have a query regarding the records entered like Anne Hastie. The last two i have done have entered 391 and 269 records and it states 44 and 50 total of 94.

I have been trying to get assistance for several months for access to AWAP, as I have been a contributor since 2011. Since October 2021 I have not been able to login to AWAP with my Ancestry ID/password. I am becoming quite aggravated with this inability. PLEASE.. will someone out there help me!!!

I too need help with the Ancestry World Archives Project. I can’t seem to get any answers. The records I key are not being added to my count. My Ancestry membership is coming due and I need to key about 600 more records in order to get the discount. PLEASE HELP!!

is this thing even on? is this site on or …

Is this project active anymore? I can’t find any current information or postings.

Type your comment here.Why is it sooooo hard to get signed up to index parts of the 1950 census? Really getting frustracted. I want to do certain areas before they are taken by someone NOT familiar with the area and names. HELP!!

Virginia, the 1950 census is not being indexed by the World Archives Project. I believe it is FamilySearch which you need.

When will the 1950 census data be ready to index?

Leon, as I said in my reply to Virginia above, the World Archives Project is not indexing the 1950 census.

Great to be back here at Ancestry World Project. Rough getting started again but sliding to home ok. If you have anything to say about keying please feel free to contact me thru my email

Hello. This is for information for WAP contributors like me.
I tried to have the WAP active contributor discount applied to my subscription for the next year on the phone yesterday as usual – with no success.
The [very efficient and friendly]customer representative to whom I spoke, told me it is no longer availale on my subscription. I have not changed the Ancestry option I have always paid for. Disappointing.
As a WAP contributor, I have not been informed of any change in our eligibility for this discount. Has anyone else?
Thanks and all good wishes.

I am very disappointed that ancestry.de blocks all the films + fiches which are existing + filmed by the Mormons from Salt Lake City + (are with FamilySearch)around 1970/1980 in Poland concerning former German Province of Posen. This is about lutheran churchbooks + civilrecords 1800-1900. My forefathers came from that area around 1890. I don’t think you signed a contract 1970/1980 with Poland not to issue that to the internet!!!! Reinhard Gottschalk

I need help with a problem with the WAP. I had recorded the data from one lengthy batch of records and I was just going over them to make sure I had recorded the data right. However as I was doing so I lost power to my computer. I fixed the problem of a power cable that was unplugged and went back to finish before I summited the batch. Repeatedly I was given a message of a “System Configuration, An unexpected error. Log was created.” I found the files on my computer. However I can not get back into the app/program. Do I uninstall and perhaps lose all the work or is there another way. I have contacted via email 3 times about this. Calling Ancestry was a dead end. No answers yet. Any ideas?

What has happened to AWAP. We frequently used to get updates from Anna etc but the last we had was November 2021! Is it just that I am not receiving them?

my name is Rosetta Griffin, I’m looking for my dad’s and mom’s side of the families

Is this still active? I began participating a month or so ago, and have not seen anything new here. My report of records that I have processed has not updated since not too long after I began. I do not want to keep working on this if my efforts are going nowhere.

I agree with Susan E Selke. Having been a contributor for many years I have now stopped for the reasons she has given. Does anybody at WAPS ever read these posts?

Is there anybody out there any more?????

I’ve been helping with this project for almost a year and had been loving it.
Not anymore.
Suddenly, I’m not good enough. I haven’t changed how I do things. Until now it was Exceptional. Now, I can’t do anything right.
So, I’m not going to help anymore.

I am hoping I have the latest version of WAP. I have been indexing since 2009 but haven’t done any indexing for about a year because I was so frustrated with the project. It looks as though the same projects are still there from a year ago. Is this true?I did notice that it is FINALLY

counting all the records indexed.

Today is this last post’s twelve month anniversary. Am I missing something? Is the blog defunct now?
Happy Holidays from a cold and frosty North Wales.

This week I have been reviewing keyed records, including last night, Thursday, February 2, 2023. There was maybe 6 or 7 sets. Tonight there is only one category of records to review in the advance category. What happened? Thank you.

Linda, they are closing the World Archives Project down. There are posts about it on the message boards on Ancestry but so far they have not made a blog post about it.

I’ve tried to download some images to index and they aren’t there. I closed out of the site and reopened, but no change. Anyone else experience this?

How do I find these message boards?

I found the message boards, but no way to find anything about World Archives Project.

Craig, I would post a link but if I remember correctly, posting a link in a comment on this blog means that the post never appears. Try the URL that you use for Ancestry followed by a slash then boards then a slash then wap then a dot then general then a slash then 8596

I purchased a new desktop. I tried to take my keying tool and transfer it from the old computer to the new one. I thought I was successful but every time I try and log in to my Ancestry.com account to continue keying projects, the program tells me I am not connected to the internet. I tried to use your link to download a new keying tool. That link sends me to mackiev.com Family Tree Maker but I can’t locate anything about the keying tool. I was an active contributor and eagerly reviewed projects most days. Now I have lost my potential renewal discount and may enjoyable hours of keying. 🙁

Lisa, the World Archives Project has closed down. That is why you are getting that message when you try to log into the keying tool.