Monthly Archives: July 2010

Family Tree Friday: Immigration Act of 1891–Origins of the Ellis Island experience

As I mentioned in my previous post, when most people today think of immigration history they envision the “Ellis Island experience”–the huddled masses from Europe entering New York harbor (waving at the Statue of Liberty on those old news reels) … Continue reading

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"What Are You Working On, Michael Kurtz?"

Ever wonder what exciting new projects the many employees at NARA are working on? The “What are You Working On?” blog feature aims to introduce a variety of NARA employees and highlight some of the exciting projects we are working … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Death Reports of U.S. Citizens

Have you ever tried to find an obituary or a death certificate for an ancestor, only to run into a brick wall because you don’t know the exact date of death? Well, if your ancestor was a U.S. citizen and … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures from within Navy Deck Logs

In anticipation of our upcoming ‘What Are You Working On?’ blog series, Rachel Sutcliffe, an Archives Technician in the Holdings Maintenance Division at NARA, shares her experiences and insights on some very interesting records. One of the best things about working … Continue reading

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Archives I researchers stop in and try out our newest piece of scanning equipment

In the winter and early spring we had trials of the ScanPro 2000, the Alos Z-Scan, and the ST 200X. Now is your chance to try out our newest piece of scanning equipment. The ST ViewScan is hot off the … Continue reading

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The Results of the Voting for the new Archives.gov Home Page Are In

Thank you to everyone who voted and commented on the Archives.gov homepage designs and features. In total we received 3,257 votes. Interested in knowing how your favorite design did? You can view the results at http://www.archives.gov/open/redesign/vote.html If you have additional … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: More on U.S. immigration law–the Immigration Act of 1882

Most people today equate Ellis Island with the typical immigration experience in U.S. history–the “huddled masses” coming through immigration processing centers before being allowed entrance into the country.  Well, it actually took many decades after 1820–when the United States first … Continue reading

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Minutes from the June 25th DC-Area Researchers Meeting Are Now Available

The minutes from the Researcher Users’ Group meeting on June 25th (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: The 1890 Census

In my last post, I mentioned that I was unable to use the 1890 Census in my research because it was destroyed in the 1920s. I thought it was worth taking a look at exactly what happened. In 1921, the … Continue reading

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Welcome to Our Archives Wiki!

We are excited to announce that the Our Archives wiki is now live at http://www.ourarchives.wikispaces.net Have you made a great find in NARA’s records? Or do you have a story to tell related to our records?  Come share it on … Continue reading

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