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World Archives Project

With a few keystrokes,
you could bring a family together.

You can play an important role in helping people find their family history. And all it takes is a computer, some basic software we provide and a little of your time. The Ancestry World Archives Project is thousands of volunteers from around the world with a passion for genealogy and a desire to help others discover their roots. Details and people long ago forgotten are found and stories are preserved for generations to come. And you can be a part of it in no time.

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Take a look at the historical collections we're currently working on.


Featured World Archives Projects

  • Project Name Difficulty Project Progress

    • Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards)
      Average
      39%
    • Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 1)
      Average
      75%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      59%

All Active World Archives Projects

  • Project Name Difficulty Project Progress

    • Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter, 1738-1925
      Average
      57%
    • Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards)
      Average
      39%
    • Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970
      Average
      90%
    • Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 1)
      Average
      75%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      40%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      18%
    • New Zealand, Sheep Returns, 1887-1890
      Average
      86%
    • New Zealand, Teachers Civil Service Examinations and Licences, 1880-1920
      Easy
      80%
    • New Zealand, The New Zealand Gazette, 1860-1894
      Average
      13%
    • Scotland, Royal College of Nursing, Register of Nurses
      Average
      58%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      24%
    • U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880
      Average
      21%
    • U.S., Military Registers, 1862-1970 (Part 5)
      Average
      66%
    • USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7)
      Average
      16%
    • USHMM - Odessa, Ukraine, Selected Holocaust Records from Romanian Occupation during World War II
      Average
      62%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      59%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Worker ID Cards, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      72%
    • USHMM - Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945
      Average
      21%
    • USHMM - Romania, Selected Holocaust Records, 1940-1945
      Average
      8%

How does it work?

You simply take digitized historical records and key in information to create free, searchable record indexes.

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