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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

Individuals from anywhere in the world can help in this unique effort to make collections from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum available online by visiting www.WorldMemoryProject.org and registering to become a contributor. Since a beta launch in February 2011, 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. This figure will multiply as more people participate in the project.

"It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with such a respected institution to provide people around the world access to these truly important collections," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. "It is our hope that by making these collections easier to search, victims and their families will finally be able to answer difficult but significant questions about the fate of their loved ones, and in doing so, complete and preserve such significant family stories."

To find out more about the World Memory Project or to learn how to become a contributor, please visit www.WorldMemoryProject.org.  

About the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ( www.ushmm.org )

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum's permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.

About Ancestry.com ( www.ancestry.com)

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than 1.6 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 24 million family trees containing over 2.4 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

SOURCE United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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