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Featured World Archives Projects

  • Project Name Difficulty Project Progress

    • California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950 (Part 5)
      Average
      73%
    • Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards)
      Average
      35%
    • Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 1)
      Average
      38%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      38%

All Active World Archives Projects

  • Project Name Difficulty Project Progress

    • Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter, 1738-1925
      Average
      17%
    • California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950 (Part 5)
      Average
      73%
    • Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards)
      Average
      35%
    • Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1978 (Part 1)
      Average
      38%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      30%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      9%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      22%
    • U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880
      Average
      9%
    • U.S., Military Registers, 1862-1970 (Part 5)
      Average
      30%
    • USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7)
      Average
      12%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lódz Ghetto Inhabitant List, 1939-1944
      Average
      17%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      38%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Worker ID Cards, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      55%
    • USHMM - Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945
      Average
      2%
    • West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914
      Average
      21%

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