The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington DC has named April 27-May 4, 2014 National Days of Remembrance. April 28, 2014 was Yom Hashoah commemorated on that day in Israel and the United States—the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising corresponding to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. Coincidentally, this week is the anniversary between Ancestry.com and the USHMM for the World Memory Project a crowd-sourcing project that allows the public to help make the records from the Museum searchable by name online for free. In the past three years, more than 3,100 contributors have indexed 2.44+ million records. There are 15 new databases available to search for free on Ancestry.com—to access them go to: http://search.ancestry.com/search/group/USHMM_Collection .
To read more about the Ancestry records and participation see their blog at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/
If you would like to participate in the World Memory Project there are currently three projects to choose from in the indexing stages:
USHMM – Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941
USHMM – Poland, Lodz Ghetto Worker ID Cards, 1939-1944
USHMM – Poland, Lodz Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944
To start with you download a free software program and then typing details from a record image into a database that will then become searchable online. To find out more about the World Memory Project and If you are interested in volunteering to index the records go to: http://www.worldmemoryproject.org/
I have no affiliation with Ancestry.com and am writing this post for the information of the reader.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee