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World Archives Project

With a few keystrokes,
you could bring a family together.

You can play an important role in helping people find their family history. And all it takes is a computer, some basic software we provide and a little of your time. The Ancestry World Archives Project is thousands of volunteers from around the world with a passion for genealogy and a desire to help others discover their roots. Details and people long ago forgotten are found and stories are preserved for generations to come. And you can be a part of it in no time.

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Take a look at the historical collections we're currently working on.


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
      78%
    • USHMM - Czech Republic, Social Welfare and Repatriation Records of Holocaust Survivors, 1939-1948
      Average
      93%
    • West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914
      Average
      15%

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
      78%
    • Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 1)
      Average
      12%
    • London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update)
      Average
      49%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      19%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      19%
    • U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880
      Average
      5%
    • USHMM - Czech Republic, Social Welfare and Repatriation Records of Holocaust Survivors, 1939-1948
      Average
      93%
    • USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7)
      Average
      5%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      13%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Worker ID Cards, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      28%
    • West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914
      Average
      15%

How does it work?

You simply take digitized historical records and key in information to create free, searchable record indexes.

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