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Archive for March, 2010

Family Tree Friday: How to decipher compiled service record jackets.

Compiled military service records at the National Archives for the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) through the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) are filed in separate envelopes or jackets that contain basic information about the soldier.  The example shown here for my ancestor Adam Dale (his surname is actually DEAL, which shows how spelling mistakes/variations can find their way […]

Grassroots Archives Recognition

We wanted to share a few pictures from a recent awards ceremony in Congress, where Chairman Clay was presented with a Duke Ellington Public Domain Merit Badge today by Public for grassroots efforts on making NARA’s resources available to everyone. Take a look, and if you have your own suggestions for how we can […]

Filing Manuals online!

Trying to find the War Department decimal classification number for the Maritime Labor Board or the Department of State’s decimal classification number for extradition treaties?  We have scanned some of the filing manuals which our researchers use most frequently and posted them in the researcher section of  Included are filing manuals from the War Department, the […]

Family Tree Friday: Slave Schedules

If you’ve been watching the new NBC show, Who Do You Think You Are?, you may have seen a recent episode where slavery in America was discussed. Researchers with slave ancestors often have trouble because there just aren’t a lot of federal records which list slaves by name. One type of federal record that researchers […]

Welcome back, RACO!

The National Records Management Program’s RACO blog, which paved the way for all other National Archives social media projects back in the spring of 2009 has been reborn as Records Express, the official blog of the National Records Management Program (NRMP) at the National Archives! The new blog will be a forum for all things […]

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