Vicki’s note – mostly from the NARA site.
Here is a NARA hint from our speaker Katherine Kemnitz, genealogist, from last weeks program on “Formating, Printing and Self-Publishing a Book”.
In her research on NARA, Katherine noticed that she had a hard time finding her soldier ancestor Clem. She discovered that between 1877 – 1900s that the NARA hired extra clerks to catalog all Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans. The clerks would combine several soldiers of various names into one folder with one name, if those soldiers were only short -term enlistments, and only on one pay record. The only way to see the other soldier’s (names/information) was if someone looked into the folder.
There are so many free tools and resources at NARA. Click on the links.:
October 16, 2017
What’s New at the NARA – United States National Archives and Records Administration?
National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
October 25, 2017
On Wednesday, October 25, the National Archives will host the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube.
All of the session videos and handouts will be available from this web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.
Are you going to miss the live broadcast? We have you covered! The video broadcasts and the presentation materials will continue to be available after the live event.
NARA is hosting its 5th annual Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The fair will be broadcast live from YouTube.
The Genealogy Fair is NARA’s biggest genealogy event of the year and will feature sessions that offer advice on family history research for all skill levels.
The topics include:
– Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death
-Recently recovered military personnel files
-Japanese Americans during World War II
-19th century tax assessments
-A special presentation on taking care of your family heirlooms
Can I start my family history research by typing a name in the search box?
Our search box will not help you find information on a specific person. However, we have many tools and resources that can lead you to information about our holdings. Many of our records have been digitized and are made available by our Digitization Partners.