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Archive for July, 2010

The Results of the Voting for the new Home Page Are In

Thank you to everyone who voted and commented on the homepage designs and features. In total we received 3,257 votes. Interested in knowing how your favorite design did? You can view the results at If you have additional ideas or feedback about the redesign of we invite you to share them here […]

Family Tree Friday: More on U.S. immigration law–the Immigration Act of 1882

Most people today equate Ellis Island with the typical immigration experience in U.S. history–the “huddled masses” coming through immigration processing centers before being allowed entrance into the country.  Well, it actually took many decades after 1820–when the United States first started regulating immigration (see my previous blog post!)–for U.S. immigration law to reach that point, […]

Minutes from the June 25th DC-Area Researchers Meeting Are Now Available

The minutes from the Researcher Users’ Group meeting on June 25th (PDF) are now available on the page for the Researcher Users Group at the National Archives in the Washington, DC Area. Please join us for the next meeting on Friday, August 27, 2010 at Archives I in Washington, DC (room G-24) when we […]

Family Tree Friday: The 1890 Census

In my last post, I mentioned that I was unable to use the 1890 Census in my research because it was destroyed in the 1920s. I thought it was worth taking a look at exactly what happened. In 1921, the 1890 Census was stored in the Commerce Department. On the afternoon of January 10, 1921, […]

Welcome to Our Archives Wiki!

We are excited to announce that the Our Archives wiki is now live at Have you made a great find in NARA’s records? Or do you have a story to tell related to our records?  Come share it on the Our Archives wiki! Our Archives is an online space for researchers, educators, genealogists, and […]

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