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Archive for May, 2010

Join us for the next monthly DC-area researchers’ meeting on May 21st at 1 pm

Please join us for the next meeting of the DC-area researchers’ group on Friday, May 21, 2010 at Archives II in College Park in lecture room C. If you have any topics for the agenda please let us know here on NARAtions by May 19th and we’ll pass your ideas along to the Customer Services […]

C and XC Pension Files for the Civil War

The following is a guest blog from Diane Dimkoff, director of the Customer Services Division. Most Union Army soldiers, their widows, or minor children applied for a pension. In rare cases, a dependent father or mother applied for a pension. The pension application file will often contain a statement of service prepared by the Adjutant […]

Family Tree Friday: Getting Started With Census Records

New researchers are always asking us how to start tracing their family tree. We have so many records that it’s very easy to become overwhelmed when you are beginning your research. We usually tell people to gather as much information about their family as possible, and to ask themselves how their ancestors interacted with the […]

Researcher concerns about the digitized records available on the web sites of NARA’s digitization partners

Recently on NARAtions we heard from researchers who expressed concerns about the digitized records available on the web sites of NARA’s digitization partners.  We shared these concerns with NARA’s Access Programs office, NARA’s Digital Strategies and Services Staff, and with our digitization partners and we would like to respond to these concerns here on NARAtions. Since 2007 […]

What do you call it when….

As the Archives.gov website redesign preparation continues, we’re looking for your input on how to refer to NARA’s vast collection of records. What would you collectively call all of the documents, photos, and videos that the National Archives stores? For example, would you call them holdings, collections, our catalog, an inventory, records, or something else? […]

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