Monthly Archives: May 2010

Minutes from the May 21st Researcher Meeting

The minutes from the Researcher Users’ Group meeting on May 21st (PDF) are now available on the Archives.gov page for the Researcher Users Group at the National Archives in the Washington, DC Area. Please join us for the next meeting … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Preserving the integrity of original records…including the mistakes!

Recently, a colleague of mine received a reference request that highlights a common misperception some people have regarding original records.  The request involved a researcher who complained that their family name had been misspelled on the 1930 census and they … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Vital Statistics in Military Records

In a previous blog post, my colleague Katherine talked about vital statistics that sometimes show up in federal records.  I thought it might be worthwhile to point out that, under specific circumstances, vital records were also intentionally created by the … Continue reading

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Agenda for the DC-Area Users Group Meeting on Friday, May 21st

Our next Users’ Group meeting will be held at National Archives at College Park,  in lecture room C, on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 1pm  The agenda for the meeting includes Briefing on Archives II Reference Studies Updates on:           Presenting the … Continue reading

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Join Us May 19th for an Archives Wiki Planning Meeting

We’re launching a public wiki pilot project that will allow researchers, historians, archivists, and citizen archivists to create pages on records or themes. We need your ideas and enthusiasm to make the wiki a success.  Please join us for the second … Continue reading

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Join us for the next monthly DC-area researchers' meeting on May 21st at 1 pm

Please join us for the next meeting of the DC-area researchers’ group on Friday, May 21, 2010 at Archives II in College Park in lecture room C. If you have any topics for the agenda please let us know here … Continue reading

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C and XC Pension Files for the Civil War

The following is a guest blog from Diane Dimkoff, director of the Customer Services Division. Most Union Army soldiers, their widows, or minor children applied for a pension. In rare cases, a dependent father or mother applied for a pension. … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Getting Started With Census Records

New researchers are always asking us how to start tracing their family tree. We have so many records that it’s very easy to become overwhelmed when you are beginning your research. We usually tell people to gather as much information … Continue reading

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Researcher concerns about the digitized records available on the web sites of NARA’s digitization partners

Recently on NARAtions we heard from researchers who expressed concerns about the digitized records available on the web sites of NARA’s digitization partners.  We shared these concerns with NARA’s Access Programs office, NARA’s Digital Strategies and Services Staff, and with our digitization … Continue reading

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What do you call it when….

As the Archives.gov website redesign preparation continues, we’re looking for your input on how to refer to NARA’s vast collection of records. What would you collectively call all of the documents, photos, and videos that the National Archives stores? For … Continue reading

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