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The National Archives and Records Administration is the home of America’s most precious documents.  These include, those records that have very valuable genealogical significance.  These include census records, military service rolls, pension applications, passenger lists and land warrants.  It contains the largest percentage of documented genealogy-linked data concerning African Americans.  In addition to the primary archives building in Downtown Washington, DC The National Archives and Records Administration has a branch in College Park, MD and 13 regional facilities across the country.


The National Archives Genealogy Fair is held every year in April and presented in partnership with and The Foundation for the National Archives.  The fair is a two day showcase that HIGHLIGHTS new information on the records used most by genealogists.  The agency provides workshops that focus on those materials in the Archives’ holdings and provides guidance for inexperienced researchers and genealogy professionals.  It is free and open to the public.  Attendees get the latest information relating to census, immigration, land, naturalization and military records.


To learn about NARA’s always evolving online resources and much, much more!  You can go and take the whole family!


The Nationwide Gravesite Locator is the search portal of the National Cemetery Administration.  Its contains content on over 120 national cemeteries.  To search for the burial locations of veterans, for example provide the following:  

  • Cemetery Location

  • Last Name

  • Middle Name

  • Date of Birth

  • Date of death

Researchers don’t need a form to request information on relatives, The Department of Veteran Affairs has an alphabetically arranged card index that identifies practically all soldiers mentioned in its online database.  

Most requests take three weeks for reply. 


To request that a burial search be made by the administration, you should first have the following:

  • First name

  • Date and place of birth

  • Date and place of death

  • Enlisting state 

  • Military branch


If your search returns incorrect information about a veteran or a family member’s individual records, we suggest you contact a cemetery’s local officials directly to discuss your findings.  If the person you are searching for did not die in the United States The American Battle Monuments can provide you with information on service members buried in overseas cemeteries.  

The University of Arkansas

Negro Newspapers on Microfilm is a collection of more than 200 newspapers, selected and filmed by the American Council of Learned Societies during the 1950s.  It is located at the University of Arkansas and its papers were published from 1865-1923.  

Published by the Library of Congress each newspaper is indexed by title, city, state and call number.  


The Newspaper Archive is the world’s largest digital newspaper archive available online.  It features billions of articles from newspapers all over the United States and the World.  It is a fully searchable database that connects you with past obituaries, newspaper announcements, sports articles and more.  You can browse the collection by location, by date and by title.  It is a leading provider of historical newspaper content.


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