About the World Memory Project
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has gathered millions of historical documents containing details about survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II.
Ancestry.com has spent more than a decade creating advanced technological tools that have allowed billions of historical documents to become searchable online.
Together, the two organizations have created the World Memory Project to allow the public to help make the records from the Museum searchable by name online for free—so more families of survivors and victims can discover what happened to their loved ones during one of the darkest chapters in human history.
Anyone, anywhere can contribute to this effort; even just one record and a few minutes at a time can make a world of difference to someone.
Getting started is as simple as downloading a free software program and then typing details from a record image into a database that will then become searchable online.
By being part of the World Memory Project you’ll be helping to create the largest online resource of information about individual victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. You’ll also be restoring the identities of people the Nazis tried to erase from history and making sure future generations never forget.
Get started today. The power of truth is in your hands.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the World Memory Project?
The World Memory Project is building the largest free online resource of information about victims and survivors of Nazi persecution—to restore the identities of people the Nazis tried to erase from history and enable families to discover the fates of missing loved ones. The project allows anyone, anywhere to type information from historical records into databases that are being made searchable online for free.
What is included in this online resource?
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has gathered millions of pages of documentation featuring information on more than 17 million individuals. Information from many of these documents is being made searchable through this project.
When will I be able to search the information the World Memory Project is bringing online?
Information made searchable by contributors to the World Memory Project is available online now. As contributors continue to index records, the database will grow, potentially helping many more families.
Are the documents themselves available online?
No. The documents remain in the Museum's collections. Indexes including names, dates, and other information from the documents are being made searchable.
How do I get started with the project?
Go to WorldMemoryProject.org and click on "get started." Follow the instructions there to download the free Ancestry.com software program that will allow you to enter information from individual records so they can be made searchable by name online. Please keep in mind that you’ll need to register with Ancestry.com before downloading the software.
Why do I need to register?
Registering is free, and it enables the Museum and Ancestry.com to send you occasional updates about the World Memory Project. We may also send you software updates, data-entry tips, and other important information.
Who can participate in the World Memory Project?
Anyone, anywhere in the world can contribute to the World Memory Project by simply typing in information, one historical record and a few minutes at a time.
What skills are needed in order to participate?
In addition to a computer and Internet access, you simply need basic typing skills. The Ancestry.com software makes the rest easy.
I have historical documents that the Museum may be interested in. What should I do with them?
The Museum continues to rescue evidence of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. You can find information on donating materials at: www.ushmm.org/research/collections/donation.