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Archive for July, 2010

How we should notify you of possible changes to our research room and museum hours of operation?

The following is a guest post from Stuart Culy and Laura McCarthy of the Policy and Planning Staff NARA wants your thoughts on how we should notify you of possible changes to our research room and museum hours of operation.  Our thought is to allow each NARA facility to make its own determination about room […]

Vote on the Archives.gov Homepage Designs!

A new participation opportunity is available to you as part of the Archives.gov redesign activities – vote on the Archives.gov homepage designs! The four design candidates will be on display July 6-9 in the National Archives Research Rooms in College Park, MD, and Washington, DC. Learn More here. We’ve set up two ways for you […]

Family Tree Friday: Why do immigration records start in 1820?

Family historians generally know that federal immigration records begin in 1820, but has anyone stopped to wonder why?  Well, it all began with the Steerage Act of March 2, 1819 (which went into effect on January 1, 1820).  Traveling conditions aboard ocean-going vessels were anything but good in the early 19th century, especially for general […]

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