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.

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

26%

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

56%

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

75%

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

42%

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

26%

Bedfordshire, England, Workhouse and Poor Law Records Average

14%

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

42%

Massachusetts, Vital Records, 1700-1850 Average

95%

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

38%

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

56%

UK, Absent Voters Lists (Part 1) Average

85%

USHMM - Jews Evacuated from the Łódź Ghetto Average

58%

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

22%

How does it work?

  1. We gather historical records and scan them into our system.
  2. You enter facts from records to create a searchable index.
  3. We add your index to Ancestry FREE to everyone.
  4. Everyone gets better hints and better search results.