A Phenomenon Called “Roots,” 1977

Today’s blog was written by Alan Walker, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland From the moment our search room doors opened to the public in late 1936, family history was a big draw for the public. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1938, nearly one quarter of the admission cards issued went to "students … Continue reading A Phenomenon Called “Roots,” 1977

Freedmen’s Bureau Transportation Records: Letters of “Sold” Former Slaves Seeking to Rejoin Loved Ones

Today's blog was written by Mr. Damani Davis, Reference Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D. C. This blog was a part of a presentation titled "The Freedmen's Bureau and the Freedman's Bank: Reconstruction Records at the National Archives," given at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference … Continue reading Freedmen’s Bureau Transportation Records: Letters of “Sold” Former Slaves Seeking to Rejoin Loved Ones

Part I: How to use Panama Canal Personnel Records at the National Archives: My Grandfather worked on the Panama Canal

Today's blog was written by Patrice Brown, Archivist (Special Assistant) in the Evaluation and Special Projects Division, National Declassification Center at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland   There has been increased interest in the employees of the Panama Canal since I posted several blogs in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the construction … Continue reading Part I: How to use Panama Canal Personnel Records at the National Archives: My Grandfather worked on the Panama Canal

2014 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Written by Netisha Currie, Archives Specialist at the National Archives in College Park. Today is the kick off for the second annual National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair. From October 28-30 the Archives will broadcast 17 live lectures from across the nation via YouTube to inform the general public on various aspects of genealogical research. This … Continue reading 2014 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Freedmen’s Bureau Transportation Records: Letters of “Sold” Former Slaves Seeking to Rejoin Loved Ones

Written by Damani Davis, Reference Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D. C. Due to the recent popularity of genealogy-based television series such as, African American Lives, Who Do You Think You Are, and Faces of America, the interest in genealogical research has grown rapidly among African Americans. Reference archivists and specialists at the … Continue reading Freedmen’s Bureau Transportation Records: Letters of “Sold” Former Slaves Seeking to Rejoin Loved Ones

Federal Records Documenting Caribbean Immigrants: 1890-1930

Today's blog is written by Damani Davis, Reference Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D. C. When commencing research at the National Archives, genealogists typically begin with census, immigration, and military records.  In terms of federal records, these are the three that most commonly hold personal information on the ancestors of most Americans.  This … Continue reading Federal Records Documenting Caribbean Immigrants: 1890-1930