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    Help others find their family and maybe find yours too!

    Posted by K on October 2, 2008

    I have worked on my family history/family tree since I was young(er).  I’ve been able to trace it back pretty far, even to the 1700s.  I’m kinda at a stuck point at the moment so in my time that I would normally be looking for more info, I’m transcribing records in hopes of coming across my family, and at the same time helping others find theirs.  I know how awful it is when you hit a roadblock and can’t find more information.  I’ve been running into this the most with my husband’s family who are from Cuba and Spain.  There just isn’t the resources out there.  So in the meantime, I help others.  You can too, go to the World Archives Project.  It is through Ancestry.com and while some may not like them because of how expensive they are, they really do have great resources and you can use them free at librarys or Family History centers, or at the Archives.  Here’s some of the highlights:

    As part of the Ancestry.com World Archives Project:

    • All indexes will remain free to the public on Ancestry.com.
    • Ancestry.com will donate copies of record indexes and images from the project to partnering government archives and genealogy societies.
    • Images and indexes from the project will be available for free to patrons at thousands of subscribing libraries across the U.S.
    • Ancestry.com will provide free advertising to partnering genealogy societies.

    And coming soon:

    • Active contributors will be able to vote on which records the project indexes next.
    • Active contributors will receive free access to original images in the project’s databases. Those who already subscribe to Ancestry.com will be eligible for a discount on renewal.)

    I like free stuff, and if you’re transcribing you get to see the original records, for free 🙂  Plus I like to think I may help someone find that long lost relative.


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