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We gather historical records and scan them into our system.

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You enter facts from records to create a searchable index.

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Everyone gets more hints and better search results.

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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 World Archives Project lets anyone from the genealogy community help bring 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

19%

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

64%

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

6%

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

19%

Bedfordshire, England, Workhouse and Poor Law Records Average

12%

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

37%

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

97%

Massachusetts, Vital Records, 1700-1850 Average

69%

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

32%

Ontario, Canada, The Ottawa Journal (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1885-1980 Average

94%

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

55%

UK, Absent Voters Lists (Part 1) Average

78%

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

25%

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