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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.

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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
      44%
    • Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970 (Part 2)
      Easy
      23%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      51%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      29%

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
      44%
    • Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970 (Part 2)
      Easy
      23%
    • Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847
      Average
      3%
    • New Mexico, Mexican Archives Records, 1821-1846
      Average
      5%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      51%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Land Records, 1856-1859 (Part 2)
      Average
      7%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      29%
    • New Zealand, The New Zealand Gazette, 1860-1894
      Average
      22%
    • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980 (Part 2)
      Average
      16%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      27%
    • 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
      23%
    • USHMM - Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945
      Average
      38%
    • USHMM - Romania, Selected Holocaust Records, 1940-1945
      Average
      10%

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