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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Featured World Archives Projects

$$The "In Processing" list contains projects that have completed keying and arbitration by the community. These projects are now being worked on by the Ancestry team to prepare the indexes and images to go live on the site as searchable, indexed databases.
Project Name Difficulty Project Progress
Project Name Difficulty Project Progress
Alabama, Surname Files, 1901–2005 Average


Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices, 1831-2001 (Part 1b) Average


Pennsylvania, County Slave Records Average


U.S., Civil War Roll of Honor, 1861-1865 Easy


USHMM - Poland, Jewish Holocaust Survivors Registered in Warsaw, 1945-1946 Advanced


All Active World Archives Projects

Why should you help?

As part of the World Archives Project you are bringing people together with their family histories as never before. If you can help even one family tree grow, you've done so much.

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How does it work?

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

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