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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
      32%
    • Delaware, Land Records, 1677-1947
      Average
      77%
    • West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914
      Average
      14%

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
      32%
    • Delaware, Land Records, 1677-1947
      Average
      77%
    • Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 1)
      Average
      10%
    • London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update)
      Average
      47%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      18%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      19%
    • U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880
      Average
      5%
    • USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7)
      Average
      4%
    • USHMM - Odessa, Ukraine, Selected Holocaust Records from Romanian Occupation during World War II
      Average
      22%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      11%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Worker ID Cards, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      25%
    • West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914
      Average
      14%

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