What You Can Find Online
The National Archives web site has very few actual records online. Our web site's focus is on articles and information on how to conduct in-person research in the different types of records, along with finding aids, such as microfilm indexes.
This doesn't mean we have no interesting or valuable records available online. Here's a list of some of our online records that might help you with genealogy.
What If What I Need Is Not Online?
The National Archives has a very large amount of records that are useful for genealogy, but most of these records are not online.
- For ideas about how to use the National Archives for genealogy, please see:
Getting Started with Genealogy at the National Archives
What genealogical records are online?
Primarily this web site provides research tools, such as microfilm indexes and finding aids, articles and information on where to find the records and how to access them.
However, there are a few exceptions. Below are some of the records of genealogical interest that are available on the web site:
- Casualty lists for the Korean and Vietnam
- Selected Chinese exclusion lists
- Casualty lists for WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War, Search in AAD (Access to Archives Databases)
- Prisoner of War lists from WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War, Search in AAD
Passenger lists into the Port of
New York, 1846-1851, the "Famine Irish data files", Search in AAD
- Japanese-American Internee File, 1942 - 1946, Search in AAD
- Records of Duty Locations for Naval Intelligence Personnel, 1942 - 1945, Search in AAD
- Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Death Records, 1979 - 1991, Search in AAD
- Records of Awards and Decorations of Honor During the Vietnam Conflict, 10/1968 - 12/1972, Search in AAD
Note: The National Archives has a subscription to Fold3 (formerly Footnote) and Ancestry.com, which have digitized many of NARA's holdings with genealogical interest, and made them available online. There is unlimited access to these services, free-of-charge, from any NARA facility nationwide.
Records on Federal EmployeesImmigration Records
(Ship Passenger Arrival Records)
- In our AAD Database, there are 604,596 persons listed who
arrived in the Port of New York, from 1846-1851.
Land Records: Land Entry Case Files and Related Records
- See a Sample Homestead file (for Charles Ingalls)
- Military Records
- Civil War and Later Navy Personnel Records, an article in Prologue magazine
- Selected Civil War Records Online, through the National Archives Catalog
- Spanish-American War: Compiled
Military Service Records for 1,235 "Rough Riders"
- Search WWII Electronic Records in the Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
- WWII Records
World War II Casualty Lists
- World War II Draft
Registration: Search Hint on using the National Archives Catalog for
Ohio men born between April 28, 1877 and February 16, 1897,
whose surnames began with "Aa" and "Ab"
- World War II Era Electronic Records, computerized data files
- World War II, Photographs
- World War II Prisoners of War Punchcards, electronic records
- State-level Casualty Lists from the Korean Conflict (1951-57)
- POW/MIA records
- Korean Conflict - Nurses
- Search Korean War Electronic Records Online, through the Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
- Electronic to Casualty Records
- Vietnam War Casualties webpage of American Battle Monuments Commission
- Casualty Records Descriptive Handout
- Vietnam War Casualty Statistics
- Casualty Lists: State-level
- POW/MIA records
- Operations Analysis System (OPSANAL)
Relating to American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam
War Era, 1960-1994, a Finding Aid to Records
- Search Selected Vietnam War Electronic Records, through the Access to Archival Databases (AAD)