Records Heading West to St. Louis

The following post is by guest bloggers Rebecca Warlow, Description and Digitization Supervisor, and Ann Cummings, Supervisory Archivist for Textual Records. At the DC-Area Researchers Forum in November we announced that some records would be moving from the National Archives at College Park to the National Archives at St. Louis in 2012.  The time has … Continue reading Records Heading West to St. Louis

Help Create a Name Index for the 1940 Census!

  Calling all Citizen Archivists!  The 1940 census has been online for two weeks now.  We have heard many great stories about people you have found in the census.  We also know there are some of you who don't know where people were living in 1940 and therefore cannot search the census without an name … Continue reading Help Create a Name Index for the 1940 Census!

1940 Census Events and Workshops at the National Archives Coast to Coast

From coast to coast the National Archives is celebrating the 1940 census next week with events and workshops.  We hope you will join us! The National Archives at Boston will be offering a program called "The 1940 Census is Here Today!" on April 2nd.  Please email them at boston.archives@nara.gov for more information. The National Archives … Continue reading 1940 Census Events and Workshops at the National Archives Coast to Coast

Tech Tuesday: The Internet, Diapers, and Access to the 1940 Census (What they have in common)

It wasn’t so intimidating after all. We ended our last blog, announcing the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program Symposium held on February 17 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The purpose of the symposium was to reflect on what the NITRD Program has accomplished over the past 20 years. I wasn’t sure what to expect, wandering into the Knight Conference Center, an humble archivist – a fish-out-of-water, feeling lost in a sea of black suits and aging baby-boomers. Every now and then, I’d spot an important face or two, people whom I’d recognized from huge posters of computer pioneers at the Microcenter computer store in Rockville. In fact, it was kind of like a red carpet event for science, academic, and computer geeks, or probably more appropriately, spotting rock stars of the computer world. My first thoughts were, “Oh, no, what if the panels were way over my head?” Should I take a seat by the door for a quick escape just in case?” then suddenly, “Is that who I think it is sitting across from our table? Would I embarrass myself if I asked for an autograph?” Here’s why I’m glad I stayed…

The Official 1940 Census Web Site…Bookmark it now!

The 1940 Census is almost here!  When it opens on April 2nd at 9:00 AM (Eastern), the place to be is the National Archives’ 1940 Census web site.  We are excited to announce that our home on the web will be:  1940Census.archives.gov We invite you to visit today to watch the video featuring National Archives' … Continue reading The Official 1940 Census Web Site…Bookmark it now!

Family Tree Friday: Interesting facts about the 1940 Census

Here is another entry from guest blogger Diane Petro, Archives Technician in the Archives I Research Support Branch (RD-DC), Research Services, Archival Operations – Washington, DC.  Diane helps staff the research rooms at the National Archives Building and has also been working on reference activities relating to the upcoming 1940 Census release. Time is moving … Continue reading Family Tree Friday: Interesting facts about the 1940 Census

Introducing the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project!

As part of the recently launched Citizen Archivist Dashboard, you can now participate in the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project.  By contributing to transcriptions, you can make these historical documents more accessible to the public. The transcription pilot features over 300 documents (about 1,000 pages) ranging from the late 18th century through the 20th century.  … Continue reading Introducing the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project!

Family Tree Friday: The 1940 Census and Social Security

With the growing hype surrounding the upcoming release of the 1940 Census, it has come to the attention of Archives staff that some misinformation may be starting to appear regarding what type of information you will find in the census and how it will be searchable.  One such tidbit that recently showed up online alleged … Continue reading Family Tree Friday: The 1940 Census and Social Security

Family Tree Friday: The 1940 Census–Were You at Work (Part 2)

This week’s post comes once again from guest blogger Diane Petro, who is an Archives Technician in the Archives I Research Support Branch (RD-DC), Research Services, Archival Operations – Washington, DC.  Diane helps staff the research rooms at the National Archives Building and has also been working on reference activities relating to the upcoming 1940 … Continue reading Family Tree Friday: The 1940 Census–Were You at Work (Part 2)

Family Tree Friday: Land records (Part 2) – Eastern vs. Western public land states

Now that we established the difference between Public and Private Land States in my previous post, let's take a look at the different search paths to locate information about Public Land patents.  The main point to discern is whether you are dealing with an Eastern or Western public land state, because the relevant records are … Continue reading Family Tree Friday: Land records (Part 2) – Eastern vs. Western public land states