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 museums 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 museums 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.