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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
      49%
    • London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update)
      Average
      96%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      70%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      57%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      33%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 3)
      Average
      92%

All Active 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
      49%
    • Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847
      Average
      11%
    • Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1961 (Part 3)
      Average
      13%
    • London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update)
      Average
      96%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      70%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Land Records, 1856-1859 (Part 2)
      Average
      58%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      57%
    • New Zealand, The New Zealand Gazette, 1860-1894
      Average
      31%
    • Ontario, Canada, Niagara Falls Honeymoon Registries, 1940-2010
      Average
      37%
    • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980 (Part 2)
      Average
      55%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      33%
    • U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880
      Average
      31%
    • U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970
      Average
      52%
    • USHMM - Czechoslovakia, Selected Jewish Holocaust Records, 1942-1945
      Average
      52%
    • USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7)
      Average
      43%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 3)
      Average
      92%
    • USHMM - Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945
      Average
      62%
    • USHMM - Romania, Selected Holocaust Records, 1940-1945
      Average
      13%
    • Victoria, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1914-1924
      Average
      42%
    • West Yorkshire, Roman Catholic Oath Records, 1714-1787, 1829
      Average
      54%

How does it work?

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

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