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We gather historical records and scan them into our system.

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You enter facts from records to create a searchable index.

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Everyone gets more hints and better search results.

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Minutes of your time could help preserve decades.

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
Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847 Average


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


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


All Active World Archives Projects

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Illinois State Genealogical SocietyLockport Area Genealogical and Historical SocietyAnchorage Genealogical SocietyJewishGen, Inc.

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