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Archive for April, 2010

Family Tree Friday: Personal papers in compiled service records reveal important clues.

In my last blog post I explained how to decipher the information contained on a volunteer soldier’s compiled military service record envelope or “jacket.”  Those jackets also indicate whether or not the service record includes any personal papers.  Personal papers are individual documents such as an original enlistment paper, a casualty sheet, discharge certificate, or […]

A Work in Progress: Our Open Government Plan

Today we’ve released our Open Government Plan (PDF) on our website.  We developed this plan with your thoughtful ideas and now we’re asking for your help again.  Read our plan and let us know what we need to improve and your ideas for how we can implement the plan.  Visit our Open Government Idea Forum […]

Family Tree Friday: Nonpopulation Census Records – Social Statistics

We’ve already looked at the Mortality Schedules and the Agricultural Schedules. Both provide information about individuals, and can be useful when doing genealogical research. But did you know that there are also some Nonpopulation schedules that provide information on a county or town level? They are called Social Statistics Schedules, and they were taken between […]

DC-area Researchers: March Meeting Minutes Posted and April Meeting Planned

The minutes from the Researcher Users’ Group meeting on March 19th (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 on Friday, April 23, 2010 at Archives 1 in Room G-24. What topics would you […]

Calling All Genealogists!

The National Archives will host its 6th Annual Genealogy Fair on Wednesday and Thursday, April 14-15, 2010. The theme of this year’s 2-day fair is “The World of Genealogy,” highlighting the diversity of NARA’s records as they relate to various ethnic groups’ interactions with the federal government. Speakers and exhibitors at the fair will represent […]

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