Be part of the World Memory Project

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry have created the World Memory Project to allow anyone, anywhere to help build the largest free online resource for information about victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II. Even a few minutes of your time can help families discover what happened to their loved ones and restore the identities of people the Nazis tried to erase from history.

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Here's how it works

The World Memory Project uses software and processes developed by the Ancestry World Archives Project, an established community that has spent years helping to preserve historical documents and make them available online for free.

It starts with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum creating digital images of historical documents. Then, using special software developed by Ancestry, contributors like you help make these documents searchable online by typing or “keying” information from the digital images into a database.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Download the free keying software.
  • Choose a collection that starts with USHMM from the groups of documents available for keying.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to key information from a collection, one document at a time.
  • Rest assured that experienced keyers help review data entered by contributors.
  • Know that the documents you key will become searchable on Ancestry for free as collections are completed.

Download quick-start guide For more details on being a part of the World Memory Project, download our helpful quick-start guide

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