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Minutes of your time could help preserve decades.

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 World Archives Project lets anyone from the genealogy community help bring 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
Alabama, Surname Files, 1901–2005 Average

27%

Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1961 (Part 5) Average

36%

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

11%

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
Alabama, Surname Files, 1901–2005 Average

27%

Dorset, England, Poor Law Settlement and Removal Records, 1682-1886 Advanced

82%

Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847 Average

49%

Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1961 (Part 5) Average

36%

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

5%

New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 3) Average

3%

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

63%

Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1885-1980 Average

16%

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

46%

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

11%

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

43%

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