May 22, 1997
New Online: National Archives Genealogy Page
College Park, MD. . .The majority of visitors to NARA's Washington, DC area research rooms and the 18 regional records services facilities are family researchers. Information about how to use records of the Federal government for genealogical research is now available on-line at the new Genealogy Page (http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/), a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) homepage (http://www.archives.gov).
The new webpage summarizes NARA's services for genealogists and provides links to information about NARA's regional facilities where census records and other records of genealogical interest are available.
While the site does not provide access to significant groups of digitized records, it does have several features useful to researchers. The site provides instruction on how to order free information leaflets and has a link to the on-line NARA bookstore.
The site's newest feature is an automatic Soundex Coding Machine. The Soundex is necessary for searching the indexes for Federal census records, 1880 to 1920, and some passenger arrival records.
Researchers interested in American history should also visit the National Archives homepage. The homepage links to an easy-to-use database of selected textual and non-textual National Archives holdings and an on-line Exhibit Hall featuring electronic versions of some of the most popular NARA exhibits.
For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Visit the National Archives Home Page on the World Wide Web at http://www.archives.gov/.