Wednesday, May 4, 2011

USHMM and Ancestry.com Launch World Memory Project

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com announced on May 3 that they launched the World Memory Project creating the largest online resource of information on victims of holocaust and Nazi persecution. The world memory project ( www.WorldMemoryProject.org) will recruit the public to help build the online resource for information on Jewish victims of the holocaust and the millions of non-Jews who were targeted for persecution by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. Individuals world wide are encouraged to register and become a contributor. Ancestry.com contributors have already indexed over 30,000 Museum archival documents that will soon be searchable at no cost by users around the globe.

The World Memory Project will utilize proprietary software and project management donated by Ancestry.com, which hosts its own online archival project to expand its transcribed records collections. Once transcribed, the indices will be hosted exclusively on Ancestry.com and permanently free to search. The Museum will also provide copies of documents to survivors and their families at no cost. The original documentation will remain in the Museum's archival collection.

For more information see the press release available
at:http://tinyurl.com/3q3jjwk
original url:
http://corporate.ancestry.com/press/press-releases/2011/05/united-states-holocaust-memorial-museum-and-ancestry.com-launch-world-memory-project-to-create-largest-online-resource-of-information-on-victims-of-holocaust-and-nazi-persecution/
Also more about the project is posted at:
http://www.worldmemoryproject.org/pages/about-the-project/

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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