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Genealogy Series - National Archives at St. Louis: Understanding the 1973 NPRC Fire and Its Impact on Genealogical Research

National Archives Museum

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

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The catastrophic fire at the National Personnel Records Center in 1973 destroyed millions of military personnel records and presents a variety of challenges for researchers. Eric Kilgore will examine the fire, record losses, and common myths and will provide guidance on how to research the records of veterans whose records were affected by the fire. Part of overcoming these challenges is knowing about other records that are available to supplement information lost in the fire. This presentation will highlight those records at the National Archives at St. Louis and their usefulness for unlocking information from the past. Learn more about the Genealogy Series.


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