National Archives at Boston

How to Use the Archives

Getting Started

  • No appointment is needed
  • If microfilm other than Census, Naturalization, and Passenger Lists is desired, call before visiting to ensure that records are available: 866-406-2379 (toll free)
  • Sign up for a computer when you arrive
  • Use only one roll of microfilm at a time
  • Cell phones must be turned off in the research room
  • Eating, drinking, and smoking are not allowed in the research room
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult

For Beginners

  Begin your research with the Federal Population Census, 1790 - 1930

  Information found in these records includes:
  • A record of the family at the time of the census
  • Immigration information (1900, 1910, 1920, & 1930)
  • Naturalization information (1920, 1930)

Self-service Equipment

  • 21 microfilm readers
  • 7 Internet access computers linked to 2 printers
    • Access to popular genealogy web sites and their databases
  • 3 microfilm printers
    • Self-service microfilm copies are $.30 per page
  • 1 paper photocopy machine
    • Self-service paper copies are $.15 per page