Thursday, 17 April 2014

World Archives Project - 5 years on

Today sees the fifth anniversary of the World Archives Project from Ancestry (http://community.ancestry.co.uk/wap/dashboard.aspx), the initiative that allows crowdsourcing as a means to index Ancestry's rapidly growing collection of digitised material (and at a much higher standard than was previously the case).

The site's blog provides an update on where the project now stands, with some impressive stats - you can read it at http://blogs.ancestry.com/worldarchivesproject/?p=2087.

English projects currently active through the initiative:
  • London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update)
  • West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914
  • Liverpool, United Kingdom, Crew Lists 1860-1919
  • Wells, Somerset, England, Bishop's Transcripts
  • West Yorkshire, England, Alehouse Licences, 1771-1962

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

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