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The Ancestry World Archives Project is a collaborative effort that has allowed thousands of people around the world to help preserve history that would otherwise be lost. Would you like to give back to the genealogy community? Help families discover more of their stories and share them with future generations?

The Ancestry World Archives Project lets you help us bring free historical record collections to the public. Contributors become the first to see new collections as they type in information that creates searchable record indexes.

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

16%

Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices, 1851-2001 (Part 3) Average

48%

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

8%

All Active 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

16%

Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices, 1851-2001 (Part 3) Average

48%

Dorset, England, Poor Law Settlement and Removal Records, 1682-1886 Advanced

44%

Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847 Average

39%

Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1961 (Part 5) Average

19%

New South Wales, Australia, Colonial Secretary's Papers, 1788-1856 (Part 1) Advanced

4%

New South Wales, Australia, Sheriff's Papers (Part 1) Advanced

50%

U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880 Average

44%

USHMM - Kraków, Poland, Jewish Inhabitant Registration Forms, 1940 Average

94%

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

8%

USHMM - Poland, Łódź Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 4) Advanced

70%

USHMM - Romania, Selected Holocaust Records, 1940-1945 Average

36%

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