Monthly Archives: July 2011

Family Tree Friday: Using the Official Register to find Federal employees

Most people who research information about relatives or ancestors who were Federal employees probably don’t make enough use of government publications.  So, it might interest you to know that the Federal Government actually produced its own employee directory, the Official … Continue reading

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Regulation Nation

The following post comes from Stuart Culy of the Policy and Planning Staff We want your comments, again! Last December, the National Archives started looking at changing the way we let the public know about new and changing record reproduction … Continue reading

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Tech Tuesday: Applied Research puts NARA "Out in Front" at NAGARA

At the NAGARA plenary address in Nashville a few weeks ago, I was asked to talk about NARA’s new Applied Research Division, which wandered into an explanation about why we haven’t been ERA Research for the past two years. Folks were encouraged to attend my 1940 Census session, featuring NARA research partners who are using cool smart tools to make sense out of scanned images—there was not an empty chair in the room, leading to fruitful discussions and promising collaborations…and that’s what you missed at NAGARA! Read the full story here… Continue reading

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Are You Preparing for the 1940 Census? We are!

Do you have the opening of the 1940 Census on April 2, 2012 marked on your calendar?  We do here at the National Archives.  For past Census releases we provided access to the Census on microfilm.  For the 1940 Census we … Continue reading

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National Archives at College Park will be Closed for Research on Saturday, July 30th

The National Archives at College Park (Archives II) will be closed for research on Saturday, July 30th due to building construction.  The Archives II Research Rooms will reopen on Monday, August 1st at 9:00 AM.  Thank you for your understanding while we … Continue reading

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Tell us your stories!

We’re just over halfway through this summer’s “I Found it in the National Archives” contest and have enjoyed reading the stories that have come in so far! From Rebecca Lawrence-Weden’s tale of a lighthouse, a walnut and the Great War … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Finding religion in Federal records…from 1926!

When you consider the vast holdings of federal records at the National Archives, what usually jumps to mind are such mainstay documents as Civil War pensions and service records, immigration passenger manifests, Congressional petitions and memorials, or homestead applications.  Certainly, … Continue reading

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