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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 Ancestry World Archives Project lets you help us bring free 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
Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Tax Records, 1840-1850 Average

21%

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

55%

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

68%

Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices, 1841-2001 - Part 1c Average

17%

Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Tax Records, 1840-1850 Average

21%

Bedfordshire, England, Workhouse and Poor Law Records Average

13%

Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1738-1925 (Part 3) Average

39%

Massachusetts, Vital Records, 1700-1850 Average

76%

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

33%

Rosyth, Fife, Scotland, Employee Books, 1866-1920 Average

42%

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

55%

UK, Absent Voters Lists (Part 1) Average

83%

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

30%

USHMM - Poland, Łódź Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 6) Average

1%

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Pursuing Our Italian Names TogetherAAHGS - Metro Atlanta ChapterSouthern Genealogist's ExchangeSan Mateo County Genealogical Society

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