Posted by Crista Cowan on January 27, 2012 in Collections, World Archives Project

Today, January 27th, is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As such, the United Nations has designated this day, each year, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, in particular, the theme is Children and the Holocaust.

Over 1.5 million Jewish children, and tens of thousands of other children were murdered during the Holocaust. “We will never know what these children might have contributed to the world,” said the UN Secretary-General. But, we can make sure that they are not forgotten.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has collected over 170 million documents relating to victims and survivors of Nazi-era persecution. The World Memory Project community has, in just eight short months, indexed over a million of those records. But, there is still so much more we can do.

Please visit to learn more about how you can help. Together we can make records pertaining to this dark time more readily accessible to those who are looking to restore the identities of people the Nazis tried to erase from history. has committed to making all records keyed by this community available online for free to anyone who wishes to access them.

Please take 15 minutes to watch today’s Ancestry LIVE broadcast. Take a few moments today to remember those victims and survivors of Nazi-era persecution. Then, resolve to do what you can to help educate yourself and others so that we, as a worldwide society, can prevent future genocides.

Until next time…

Crista Cowan

Crista has been doing genealogy since she was a child. She has been employed at since 2004. Around here she's known as The Barefoot Genealogist. Twitter


  1. Steven

    Regarding the blog postings about problems with Ancestry. I find that the service is declining rather than improving. It’s Getting slower and slower. While I enjoy working on family history alot and appreciate that Ancestry is constantly adding more information; searches are becoming less effective, member connect has totally unrelated information coming up and it’s getting harder and slower to add photos. While they claim to have resolved the issues I am not so sure it’s true.

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