You may recall that The Generations Network launched the World Archives Project last September. Now the company has announced the completion of the first set of records.
The original announcement stated: "...the World Archives Project allows individuals to transcribe information from images of original historical records and to create indexes that will remain accessible for free on Ancestry.com and on Ancestry’s localized sites in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, and Italy. Active contributors* will soon be able to access all original images that are part of the World Archives Project. Organizations can also partner with the World Archives Project and sponsor indexing projects. Ancestry.com will donate a digital copy of the sponsored index and images back to partnering organizations."
You can read the full original announcement at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2008/09/ancestrycom-and.html.
The following announcement was released today by The Generations Network, parent company of Ancestry.com:
Ancestry.com is excited to announce the completion of the first record collection indexed through the World Archives Project, its new community indexing program. Community contributors participating in the project indexed the nearly 60,000 records within the Wisconsin Mortality Schedules, 1850 - 1880. The Wisconsin Mortality Schedules collection was completed in the three months following the World Archives Project beta launch in September. Beginning with this collection, all indexes completed through the World Archives Project are searchable for free on Ancestry.com.
The new Ancestry.com World Archives Project is a global initiative that gives individuals everywhere the opportunity to help index and preserve important historical records. Anyone interested in indexing through the World Archives Project can go to http://www.ancestry.com/worldarchivesproject.
Soon, active contributors (those keying at least 900 records per quarter) indexing for the World Archives Project will be able to take advantage of several benefits including:
- Free access to all images associated with all collections keyed through the Ancestry.com World Archives Project
- Discounts on their current Ancestry.com memberships upon renewal
- The ability to vote on which collections are indexed next (and thereby suggest collections that may be of personal interest to them)
Current Collections in the World Archives Project include:
Current Projects - % Complete
Historic Postcards (France) - 40%
Lubeck Marriage Banns (Germany) - 86%
England and Wales, Criminal Registers, 1805 – 1892 - 28%
England, Newspaper Index Cards (Andrews – UK) - 14%
Nebraska State Census, 1885 - 38%
New England Naturalization Indexes - 20%
New York Naturalization Indexes - 2%
NYC Naturalization Indexes - 1%
Southern California Naturalization Indexes - 19%
We also have a few collections that are now in the arbitration process. These include:
Projects in Arbitration - % Complete
Middlesex, Criminal Registers - 69%
Marriages of the Deaf in America - 71%
Alabama State Census - 89.9%
Historic Postcards (Swedish) - 69%
Historic Postcards (Italian) - 76%