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World Archives Project

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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
      41%
    • Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970 (Part 2)
      Average
      3%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      44%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      21%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      75%

All Active World Archives Projects

  • Project Name Difficulty Project Progress

    • Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter, 1738-1925
      Average
      71%
    • Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards)
      Average
      41%
    • Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970 (Part 2)
      Average
      3%
    • Iowa, Board of Control Convict Registers, 1872-1979
      Average
      64%
    • Minnesota, Indian Allotment Records
      Average
      97%
    • New Mexico, Mexican Archives Records, 1821-1846
      Average
      3%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      44%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      21%
    • New Zealand, The New Zealand Gazette, 1860-1894
      Average
      19%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      25%
    • U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880
      Average
      25%
    • U.S., Military Registers, 1862-1970 (Part 5)
      Average
      79%
    • USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7)
      Average
      17%
    • USHMM - Odessa, Ukraine, Selected Holocaust Records from Romanian Occupation during World War II
      Average
      63%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      75%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Worker ID Cards, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      81%
    • USHMM - Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945
      Average
      26%
    • USHMM - Romania, Selected Holocaust Records, 1940-1945
      Average
      8%
    • West Yorkshire, England, Apprenticeship Records, 1638-1899
      Average
      94%
    • West Yorkshire, England, Bastardy Records, 1690-1914 (Part 2)
      Average
      70%
    • West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914
      Average
      67%

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