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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
      47%
    • Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970 (Part 2)
      Easy
      69%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      57%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      42%

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
      47%
    • Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970 (Part 2)
      Easy
      69%
    • Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847
      Average
      6%
    • Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 2)
      Average
      49%
    • Medway, Kent, England, Poor Law Union Records, 1837-1937
      Average
      15%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      57%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Land Records, 1856-1859 (Part 2)
      Average
      35%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      42%
    • New Zealand, The New Zealand Gazette, 1860-1894
      Average
      25%
    • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980 (Part 2)
      Average
      39%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      30%
    • U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880
      Average
      30%
    • USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7)
      Average
      35%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 3)
      Average
      11%
    • USHMM - Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945
      Average
      47%
    • USHMM - Romania, Selected Holocaust Records, 1940-1945
      Average
      12%
    • West Yorkshire, Roman Catholic Oath Records, 1714-1787, 1829
      Average
      27%

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