Website puts Holocaust victims' records online

A screengrab from The World Memory Project, a searchable online database of the historical records of 30,000 Holocaust victims. www.worldmemoryproject.org

WASHINGTON - Records on more than 30,000 victims of Nazi persecution during the Holocaust are now available on Ancestry.com from collections of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

The searchable records announced Thursday are part of the World Memory Project. The museum and Ancestry are collaborating to build the world's largest online database of information on Holocaust victims.

The World Memory Project aims to make the museum's 170 million documents easily searchable for free online.

Building the database relies on volunteer contributors who are indexing historical records. Project manager Lisa Yavnai says the effort has made more records available than the museum could have produced alone in years.

Curators say the museum holds records on at least 17 million people targeted by the Nazis.

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