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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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%

Kansas, City and County Census, 1919-1961 (Part 5) Average

100%

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

43%

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%

Why should you help?

As part of the World Archives Project you are bringing people together with their family histories as never before. If you can help even one family tree grow, you've done so much.

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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.