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Subscription website Ancestry.com and
the United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum are launching the World
Memory Project to recruit volunteers to build an online resource for information
on Holocaust victims.
Volunteers will build an index to the museum’s
archives, which hold information on more than 17 million people targeted by the
Nazis, including Jews, Poles, Roma, Ukrainians, political prisoners and others.
Ancestry.com will donate the indexing software and project management, and will host
the completed indexes, which will be free to search. Holocaust survivors and their
families can contact the museum to obtain copies of original documents at no cost.
Since launching the project in beta in February, Ancestry.com contributors have already
indexed over 30,000 of the museum’s archival documents, which will soon be searchable
free on Ancestry.com.
People from anywhere in the world can help index the remaining records by visiting www.WorldMemoryProject.org and
registering to become a contributor.