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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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Watch what you can do as part of the World Archives Project.

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
      44%
    • Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970 (Part 2)
      Easy
      22%
    • London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update)
      Average
      85%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      51%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      28%

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
      22%
    • Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847
      Average
      3%
    • London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update)
      Average
      85%
    • 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
      6%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      28%
    • New Zealand, The New Zealand Gazette, 1860-1894
      Average
      22%
    • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal, 1885-1980 (Part 2)
      Average
      15%
    • 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
      22%
    • USHMM - Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945
      Average
      38%
    • USHMM - Romania, Selected Holocaust Records, 1940-1945
      Average
      10%

How does it work?

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

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