Monthly Archives: August 2011

Online catalog now links to Wikimedia resources

A few weeks ago on The Text Message, I introduced Wikimedia’s Wikisource project to you. A sister project of Wikipedia, Wikisource is a free repository of primary-source texts which are transcribed, proofread, and arranged—like Wikipedia—collaboratively by a community of online … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Backstage Pass Tour and Scanathon

  On Saturday, August 6, more than a dozen Wikipedians attended the backstage pass tour and scanathon at the United States National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The day began at around 11 a.m., as attendees mingled casually among snacks … Continue reading

Posted in Digitization, Photographs, Social Media (Web 2.0), Wikipedian in Residence

DC-Area Researcher’s Briefing: Presentation Materials from Thursday, August 18th

For those of you who were unable to attend the August 18, 2011, Researcher Users Group briefing on changes to the research space at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, the presentation and a script outlining what information was … Continue reading

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Appraising US District Court Records

Today’s post comes from Arian Ravanbakhsh, electronic records policy analyst in the Modern Records Programs at the National Archives. Our colleagues over at Records Express have written about the details of a records appraisal project that will result in considerably … Continue reading

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NARA Coast to Coast: Too Smart-o for Their Own Good

Today’s post is written by Katie Dishman, of the National Archives at Chicago. Not all crimes are worthy of great publicity. Petty thievery is commonplace, and certainly does not warrant a lot of attention.  However, some cases are considered “perfect” … Continue reading

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NARA Out in Front in Chicago: Applied Research at SAA

Next week the Society of American Archivists (SAA) will gather for its annual meeting in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency (151 East Wacker Drive). There will be a number of presentations by NARA’s Applied Research staff and our Research Partners. On … Continue reading

Posted in 1940 Census, Applied Research, Electronic Records, Tech Tuesdays

Reminder: DC-Area Researchers Briefing this Thursday, August 18th

Just a reminder that the next Researcher Users Group briefing is this Thursday, August 18th at 1:30 pm in the McGowan Theater at Archives I.  As a follow up to the June meeting, Deputy Archivist of the United States, Debra Steidel Wall, will discuss the … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Bounty land vs. pensions–what's the difference, anyway?

Since the beginning of the Family Tree Friday blog, we’ve talked a lot about pension records and indexes, but I’m not too sure we’ve ever mentioned or even defined that other essential and related benefit of military service, the bounty … Continue reading

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I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

This post was written by guest blogger David McMillen, External Affairs Liaison in the Department of Strategy and Communications. Maybe it was Memphis (with apologies to Pam Tillis) Recently in Nashville, Tennessee, the Council of State Archivists and the National Association of … Continue reading

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