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=== Contact Information  ===
 
=== Contact Information  ===
  
'''E-mail:''' Several e-mail options are available at http://archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html <br>
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'''E-mail:''' Several e-mail options are available at http://archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html <br>  
  
 
'''Mailing Address:'''<ref name="NARAcontact">"Contact the National Archives and Records Administration" in Natonal Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/contact/ (accessed 5 April 2009).</ref>  
 
'''Mailing Address:'''<ref name="NARAcontact">"Contact the National Archives and Records Administration" in Natonal Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/contact/ (accessed 5 April 2009).</ref>  
  
:The National Archives and Records Administration<br>
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:The National Archives and Records Administration<br>  
:8601 Adelphi Road<br>
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:8601 Adelphi Road<br>  
 
:College Park, MD 20740-6001 <br>
 
:College Park, MD 20740-6001 <br>
  
 
'''National Archives in Washington, D.C. (Archives I) — Street Address:'''<ref>"Washington, D.C. Area" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/ (accessed 5 April 2009).</ref>  
 
'''National Archives in Washington, D.C. (Archives I) — Street Address:'''<ref>"Washington, D.C. Area" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/ (accessed 5 April 2009).</ref>  
  
:National Archives Building—Research Entrance<br>
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:National Archives Building—Research Entrance<br>  
 
:700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW<br>
 
:700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW<br>
  
'''Telephone:'''<ref name="NARAcontact" /> &nbsp;1-866-272-6272 , or TDD 301-837-0482 <br>'''Fax:''' &nbsp;301-837-0483<br>
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'''Telephone:'''<ref name="NARAcontact" /> &nbsp;1-866-272-6272 , or TDD 301-837-0482 <br>'''Fax:''' &nbsp;301-837-0483<br>  
  
 
'''Hours:'''<ref>"Hours" in "Washington, DC Area" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/#hours (accessed 5 April 2009).</ref> &nbsp;Monday, Tuesday, Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am to 9:00 p.m. For record pull-times, holidays, and other details, click [http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/#hours here].  
 
'''Hours:'''<ref>"Hours" in "Washington, DC Area" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/#hours (accessed 5 April 2009).</ref> &nbsp;Monday, Tuesday, Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am to 9:00 p.m. For record pull-times, holidays, and other details, click [http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/#hours here].  
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*'''''Parking.''''' No parking at the building is available for researchers. Several commercial parking lots are located nearby and metered curb parking may be available on nearby streets.
 
*'''''Parking.''''' No parking at the building is available for researchers. Several commercial parking lots are located nearby and metered curb parking may be available on nearby streets.
  
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>
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'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
  
*[http://archives.gov/ National Archives Archives.gov] Internet home page<br>
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*[http://archives.gov/ National Archives Archives.gov] Internet home page<br>  
*[http://archives.gov/genealogy/ Genealogists/Family Historians—National Archives] online guide<br>
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*[http://archives.gov/genealogy/ Genealogists/Family Historians—National Archives] online guide<br>  
*[http://archives.gov/research/arc/ Archival Research Catalog (ARC)] of NARA's nationwide holdings in the D.C. area, Regional Branches, and Presidential Libraries<ref>"About ARC" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/about-arc.html (accessed 5 April 2009).</ref><br>
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*[http://archives.gov/research/arc/ Archival Research Catalog (ARC)] of NARA's nationwide holdings in the D.C. area, Regional Branches, and Presidential Libraries<ref>"About ARC" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/about-arc.html (accessed 5 April 2009).</ref><br>  
*[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/ Access to Archival Databases (AAD)] of over 85 million digitized records created by 30 government agencies (but limited to only 475 out of NARA's 200,000 data files)<ref>"What will I find in AAD?" in "Getting Started Guide" in "Access to Archival Databases (AAD)" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://aad.archives.gov/aad/help/getting-started-guide.html#find (accessed 5 April 2009).</ref><br>
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*[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/ Access to Archival Databases (AAD)] of over 85 million digitized records created by 30 government agencies (but limited to only 475 out of NARA's 200,000 data files)<ref>"What will I find in AAD?" in "Getting Started Guide" in "Access to Archival Databases (AAD)" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://aad.archives.gov/aad/help/getting-started-guide.html#find (accessed 5 April 2009).</ref><br>  
*[http://archives.gov/research/topics.html Browse list of research topics] selected from frequently requested records at the National Archives <br>
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*[http://archives.gov/research/topics.html Browse list of research topics] selected from frequently requested records at the National Archives <br>  
 
*[[Land Patent Search|BLM-GLO Land Patent Index]] to federal land sales, homesteads, military-bounty, mining, or timberland transfers.
 
*[[Land Patent Search|BLM-GLO Land Patent Index]] to federal land sales, homesteads, military-bounty, mining, or timberland transfers.
  
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=== Guides  ===
 
=== Guides  ===
  
*[http://archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/ Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States] in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/ (accessed 5 April 2009). Provides a general overview of NARA's holdings at the record group level, and is intended to assist researchers in identifying which record groups may have material relevant to their research topics. This Internet edition is an expanded version of Robert B. Matchette, and Jan Shelton Danis, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/34190322&referer=brief_results Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States]'', 3 vols. (Washington, D.C.: NARA, 1995). [973 A3gui].<br>
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*[http://archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/ Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States] in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/ (accessed 5 April 2009). Provides a general overview of NARA's holdings at the record group level, and is intended to assist researchers in identifying which record groups may have material relevant to their research topics. This Internet edition is an expanded version of Robert B. Matchette, and Jan Shelton Danis, ''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/34190322&referer=brief_results Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States]'', 3 vols. (Washington, D.C.: NARA, 1995). [973 A3gui].<br>  
 
*Anne Bruner Eales, and Robert M. Kvasnicka, eds. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/44420788&referer=brief_results ''Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States. 3rd ed'']. (Washington, DC: NARA, 2000). [FHL book 973 J53e]. Explains records collections used most by genealogical researchers: Census, Passenger Arrivals and Border Crossings, Naturalizations, Military, Land, Native Americans, African Americans, and more.  
 
*Anne Bruner Eales, and Robert M. Kvasnicka, eds. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/44420788&referer=brief_results ''Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States. 3rd ed'']. (Washington, DC: NARA, 2000). [FHL book 973 J53e]. Explains records collections used most by genealogical researchers: Census, Passenger Arrivals and Border Crossings, Naturalizations, Military, Land, Native Americans, African Americans, and more.  
 
*Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17738169&referer=brief_results ''The Archives: a Guide to the National Archives Field Branches''] (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988). [FHL book 973 A3sz]. Four to five page descriptions for each Regional Branch, but mostly a list of record groups by number. Relatively little of the book is about the main branch.<br>
 
*Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17738169&referer=brief_results ''The Archives: a Guide to the National Archives Field Branches''] (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988). [FHL book 973 A3sz]. Four to five page descriptions for each Regional Branch, but mostly a list of record groups by number. Relatively little of the book is about the main branch.<br>
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If you cannot visit or find a record at the ''National Archives Building (Archives I)'', a similar record may be available at one of the following.  
 
If you cannot visit or find a record at the ''National Archives Building (Archives I)'', a similar record may be available at one of the following.  
  
'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>
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'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[http://archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html ''National Archives at College Park, Maryland (Archives II)''] houses documents created after 1900 at the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury, and modern military records.<br>
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*[http://archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/researcher-info.html ''National Archives at College Park, Maryland (Archives II)''] houses documents created after 1900 at the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury, and modern military records.<br>  
*''[[United States National Archives Regional Branches|National Archives—Regional Branches]].'' Each Regional Branch has copies of key records in Washington, as well as regional records, ''e.g.'' Atlanta for the Southern region, and Fort Worth has a strong American Indian collection.<br>
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*''[[United States National Archives Regional Branches|National Archives—Regional Branches]].'' Each Regional Branch has copies of key records in Washington, as well as regional records, ''e.g.'' Atlanta for the Southern region, and Fort Worth has a strong American Indian collection.<br>  
 
*[[Family History Library|''Family History Library'']] has many of the National Archives records of census, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm. For a list, [[NARA and FHL film numbers|click here]].  
 
*[[Family History Library|''Family History Library'']] has many of the National Archives records of census, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm. For a list, [[NARA and FHL film numbers|click here]].  
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] ($) subscription site with wide-ranging images and indexes of National Archives census, military, naturalization, passenger arrivals, border crossings, and published passenger lists.  
 
*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] ($) subscription site with wide-ranging images and indexes of National Archives census, military, naturalization, passenger arrivals, border crossings, and published passenger lists.  
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*[http://www.heritagequestonline.com/ HeritageQuestOnline.com] ($) by subscription &amp; at many libraries--Revolutionary War pension &amp; bounty land files.
 
*[http://www.heritagequestonline.com/ HeritageQuestOnline.com] ($) by subscription &amp; at many libraries--Revolutionary War pension &amp; bounty land files.
  
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>
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'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[[Library of Congress|Library of Congress]], like the Naitonal Archives, has a similar nationwide scope with one of the world's premier collections of U.S. and foreign genealogical and local historical publications.<ref>"Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ (accessed 18 October 2008).</ref><br>
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*[[Library of Congress|Library of Congress]], like the Naitonal Archives, has a similar nationwide scope with one of the world's premier collections of U.S. and foreign genealogical and local historical publications.<ref>"Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ (accessed 18 October 2008).</ref><br>  
*[http://castlegarden.org/searcher.php Castle Garden 1830-1892] and [http://www.ellisisland.org/ Ellis Island 1892-1924] have indexes&nbsp;&amp; images to New York City passenger arrivals.<br>
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*[http://stevemorse.org/ellis/cg.html Castle Garden 1830-1892] and [http://www.ellisisland.org/ Ellis Island 1892-1924] have indexes&nbsp;&amp; images to New York City passenger arrivals.<br>
  
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>
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'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[[Canada Archives and Libraries#Library_and_Archives_Canada_.28LAC.29|Library and Archives Canada]] for the archival records of Canada. <br>
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*[[Canada Archives and Libraries#Library_and_Archives_Canada_.28LAC.29|Library and Archives Canada]] for the archival records of Canada. <br>  
 
*State archives for each state have archival records for people dealing with the state governments. See the '''Library and Archives''' Wiki pages for each state of the United States for further details.<br>
 
*State archives for each state have archival records for people dealing with the state governments. See the '''Library and Archives''' Wiki pages for each state of the United States for further details.<br>
  
 
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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
 
Research entrance to National Archives Building (Archives I) as seen from 7th St. & Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C.

Contents

Contact Information

E-mail: Several e-mail options are available at http://archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html

Mailing Address:[1]

The National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

National Archives in Washington, D.C. (Archives I) — Street Address:[2]

National Archives Building—Research Entrance
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Telephone:[1]  1-866-272-6272 , or TDD 301-837-0482
Fax:  301-837-0483

Hours:[3]  Monday, Tuesday, Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am to 9:00 p.m. For record pull-times, holidays, and other details, click here.

Public transportation:[4]

  • Subway. In Washington, DC, take Metrorail's Yellow or Green lines to the Archives/Navy Memorial station. The Archives/Navy Memorial stop is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Archives building.
  • Bus. In Washington, DC, Metrobuses 30, 32, 34, 36, 53, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, P4, P17, P19, and W13 stop at the National Archives on Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • Parking. No parking at the building is available for researchers. Several commercial parking lots are located nearby and metered curb parking may be available on nearby streets.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The National Archives has a vast collection of documents created by the United States federal government. The records most often used by genealogists are census, military, land, immigration, and naturalization records.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to genealogy, American Indians, pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, and Congress.[7]

Tips

  • Researchers first visiting Archives I, the National Archives and Records Administration building in Washington, DC, proceed to the Research Center on the first floor. Depending upon the types of records requested, researchers may need to first obtain a researcher identification card. You can get your research card in the Research Center. During the registration process, new researchers will view a short PowerPoint orientation emphasizing the safe handling of records and explaining the most basic research procedures, responsibilities, and rules. New researchers should plan for a total of 15-20 minutes to complete the registration process.[8]
  • Most of the National Archives records are arranged by record group. Record groups are based on the agency creating the record. For help identifying record groups to use for research see the following guides.

Guides

Substitute Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the National Archives Building (Archives I), a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at College Park, Maryland (Archives II) houses documents created after 1900 at the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury, and modern military records.
  • National Archives—Regional Branches. Each Regional Branch has copies of key records in Washington, as well as regional records, e.g. Atlanta for the Southern region, and Fort Worth has a strong American Indian collection.
  • Family History Library has many of the National Archives records of census, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm. For a list, click here.
  • Ancestry.com ($) subscription site with wide-ranging images and indexes of National Archives census, military, naturalization, passenger arrivals, border crossings, and published passenger lists.
  • Footnote.com ($) subscription site with indexes and images to hundreds of National Archives record types including Revolutionary War and Civil War service records and pensions, draft registrations, census, etc.
  • HeritageQuestOnline.com ($) by subscription & at many libraries--Revolutionary War pension & bounty land files.

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

  • Library and Archives Canada for the archival records of Canada.
  • State archives for each state have archival records for people dealing with the state governments. See the Library and Archives Wiki pages for each state of the United States for further details.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Contact the National Archives and Records Administration" in Natonal Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/contact/ (accessed 5 April 2009).
  2. "Washington, D.C. Area" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/ (accessed 5 April 2009).
  3. "Hours" in "Washington, DC Area" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/#hours (accessed 5 April 2009).
  4. "Transportation" in "Washington, DC Area" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/#hours (accessed 5 April 2009).
  5. "About ARC" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/about-arc.html (accessed 5 April 2009).
  6. "What will I find in AAD?" in "Getting Started Guide" in "Access to Archival Databases (AAD)" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://aad.archives.gov/aad/help/getting-started-guide.html#find (accessed 5 April 2009).
  7. "Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/researcher-info.html (accessed 5 April 2009).
  8. "Orientation and Research Room Procedures" in "Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC" in National Archives Archives.gov at http://archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/researcher-info.html#research (access 5 April 2009).
  9. "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/ (accessed 18 October 2008).