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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
Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847 Average

21%

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

22%

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

37%

USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7) Average

90%

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
Arizona, Select School Census Records (Part 2) Average

90%

Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1738-1925 (Part 2) Advanced

28%

Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847 Average

21%

Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1961 (Part 4) Easy

87%

Medway, Kent, England, Poor Law Union Records, 1901-1930 Advanced

61%

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

1%

New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2) Average

93%

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

22%

New Zealand, The New Zealand Gazette, 1860-1894 Average

50%

Somerset, England, School Registers, 1860-1914 Average

43%

Tennessee, Early Land Registers Average

42%

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

37%

USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7) Average

90%

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

1%

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

9%

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

23%

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