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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
      73%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      59%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      47%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      31%
    • UK, Police Gazette, 1816-1927
      Average
      48%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 3)
      Average
      21%

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
      73%
    • Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847
      Average
      7%
    • Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 2)
      Average
      85%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      59%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Land Records, 1856-1859 (Part 2)
      Average
      37%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      47%
    • New Zealand, The New Zealand Gazette, 1860-1894
      Average
      26%
    • Ontario, Canada, Niagara Falls Honeymoon Registries, 1940-2010
      Average
      3%
    • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980 (Part 2)
      Average
      41%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      31%
    • U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880
      Average
      31%
    • UK, Police Gazette, 1816-1927
      Average
      48%
    • USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7)
      Average
      37%
    • USHMM - Odessa, Ukraine, Selected Holocaust Records from Romanian Occupation during World War II
      Average
      66%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 3)
      Average
      21%
    • USHMM - Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945
      Average
      51%
    • USHMM - Romania, Selected Holocaust Records, 1940-1945
      Average
      13%
    • West Yorkshire, Roman Catholic Oath Records, 1714-1787, 1829
      Average
      38%

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