The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has gathered millions of historical documents containing details about survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II.
Ancestry.com has spent more than a decade creating advanced technological tools that have allowed billions of historical documents to become searchable online.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.
Here’s how you can help:
- Go to World Memory Project
- Download the free keying software.
- Choose a collection that starts with USHMM from the groups of
documents available for keying.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to key information from a
collection, one document at a time.
- Rest assured that experienced keyers help review data entered by contributors.
- Know that the documents you key will become searchable on Ancestry.com for free as collections are completed.
Please note that the software needed to contribute to the World Memory Project is only available for PCs, but will work on a Mac with a Windows emulator program like VMware.
Together we can all make a difference so that families can know the truth … that this tragedy can never be forgotten.