Thursday, 13 June 2019

World Archives Project will return late October/early November

I've just noticed that Ancestry's World Archives Project is offline. Here's the message on its page:

World Archives Project

We'll be back soon.

The Ancestry World Archives Project (AWAP) in collaboration with the publisher of Family Tree Maker are working on upgrades to the AWAP program including development of an improved Keying Tool. This site will be offline until the improvements are completed. The AWAP service will be inaccessible and you will not be able to use the Keying Tool application. All your data and results of keying are safe and will be available again once the service is turned back on.

We expect to be up and running with Keying Tool 2.0 in late October or early November. Please check the blog for updates.

This follows a recent beta test for its new platform in March - see

The project's blog is at Its last post from May 19th notes the following:

We are working on getting many more projects in the tool but for now the next two coming soon are New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 3) and Bedfordshire, England, Workhouse and Poor Law Records . An announcement will be posted when the projects become available in the keying tool.


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