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Featured World Archives Projects

  • Project Name Difficulty Project Progress

    • Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards)
      Average
      41%
    • Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970 (Part 2)
      Average
      2%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      43%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      20%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      73%

All Active World Archives Projects

  • Project Name Difficulty Project Progress

    • Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter, 1738-1925
      Average
      70%
    • Cartes électorales de Paris et ses environs et d’autres villes françaises, 1900-1932 (France Electoral Cards)
      Average
      41%
    • Illinois, Chicago and North Western Railroad, 1935-1970 (Part 2)
      Average
      2%
    • Iowa, Board of Control Convict Registers, 1872-1979
      Average
      59%
    • Minnesota, Indian Allotment Records
      Average
      97%
    • New Mexico, Mexican Archives Records, 1821-1846
      Average
      2%
    • New South Wales, Australia, Government Gazettes, 1853-1899 (Part 2)
      Average
      43%
    • New York and Vicinity, United Methodist Church Records, 1791-1945
      Advanced
      20%
    • New Zealand, School Registers and Lists, 1850-1967
      Average
      10%
    • New Zealand, The New Zealand Gazette, 1860-1894
      Average
      18%
    • Tennessee, Early Land Registers
      Average
      25%
    • U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880
      Average
      24%
    • U.S., Military Registers, 1862-1970 (Part 5)
      Average
      78%
    • USHMM - Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (Part 7)
      Average
      17%
    • USHMM - Odessa, Ukraine, Selected Holocaust Records from Romanian Occupation during World War II
      Average
      63%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      73%
    • USHMM - Poland, Lodz Ghetto Worker ID Cards, 1939-1944 (Part 2)
      Average
      80%
    • USHMM - Prague, Czechoslovakia, Selected Holocaust Records, 1939-1945
      Average
      25%
    • USHMM - Romania, Selected Holocaust Records, 1940-1945
      Average
      8%

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