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The Ancestry World Archives oect gives people everywhere a unique chance to help save the world''''s historical records - millisthat might otherwise be lost. As part of this exciting project, we''''re looking for volunteers to help key new material such as the Canadian Army Nominal and Pay Lists, 1872-1914, estimated at over 3 million records. You can help create an index of these records by joining our Ancestry World Archives Project where members just like you assist in preserving history and giving back to the family history community by transcribing original historical documents.


NEW COLLECTIONS: Available for World Deluxe Members

New England Naturalization
Indexes, 1791–1906

Naturalization records provide incredible details about your immigrant ancestors, but are notoriously difficult to find since they are scattered around the country in federal, state and local archives.

This master index of all the naturalization records located in various courts throughout six states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont—is an unparalleled resource for helping you figure out which archive your ancestor’s original naturalization record is stored in.

Depending on the year and region, you could find an incredible amount of information on your ancestor in the index itself—such as on this sample index card, which includes the individual’s country of origin, date and port of arrival, birth date, address and even occupation (“cigar maker”).


Mecklenburg, Germany,
Church Records, 1813–1918

Browse images of records from Lutheran and Catholic churches and Jewish synagogues in the former areas of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz, which are now a part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. You’ll find birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage, death and burial records, including names, dates, parents’ names and sometimes more.

Mecklenburg, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1876–1918 (Catholic and Lutheran)
Mecklenburg, Germany, Jewish Birth, Marriage and Burial Records, 1813–1918

Delaware Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, and Death), 1800–1935
Find original birth, marriage, and death records for your ancestors from Delaware. Vital records have been kept regularly there since 1913, although you’ll find some vital records kept sporadically before that. Use the parents’ names on these certificates to jump back another generation in your family tree.

Delaware Birth Records, 1800–1932
Delaware Marriage Records, 1806–1935
Delaware Death Records, 1811–1933


“Without t rouin collection no one would ever have known my great grandmother''''s true story...”

The Drouin collection saved the reputation of my great grandmother. For years we wondered why she abandoned her three young children in Quebec and moved to Ontario just months after her husband, my great grandfather, died in an accident.

When I went to the Drouin collection to look for the death reco or my great grandfather, I discovered, in the very same recompte d''''eglise de S variste de Forsyth (1915) not one burial from my great grandmother''''s family but fou

In the months surrounding my great grandfather''''s death my great grandmother also lost her mother in law, her father in law, and her infant daughter. Further research showed that my great grandmother was in fact an orphan and may have had no one to turn to help support her young family.

Whether she left because she wanted a new life for her children or because she was terrified of experiencing more death is unknown; what is known, thanks to the Drouin collection, is that what was a simple family legend of a mother leaving her children to the nuns has grown into a more complex story of family grief that has absolved my great grandmother in the hearts and minds of her descendants.

Without the Dun collection no one would ever have known my great grandmother''''s true story (she never spoke about it to her children whese reunited with them about 14 years after leaving them). I wouldn''''t have known my great grandmother was an orphan relf or that she had brothers (with descendents), either, if I hadn''''t researched her family using the collection. Being of French Canadian descent I have been able to piece together my entire family history, back to 1666, using the Drouin collection. I am so grateful for the collection and encourage others to use it to its full potential as well.

Carolyn Ensley
Waterloo, ON


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