Resources for Genealogists

Start Your Genealogy Research

We have arranged the Genealogy section of the website by research topics, or types of records available to search.

From the Research Topics pages, you will find links to pages throughout the website with articles, finding aids, and other helpful information to help you prepare for your genealogical research at the National Archives.

The records in our holdings that are most commonly used by genealogists include:

View Videos from our Beginning Family History Workshops

Videos from our genealogy workshops are also available, with many topics on how to get started using NARA records:

What Records You Can Find Online

We provide digitized images of many of our records through the National Archives Catalog.  We also provide you with research tools, such as microfilm indexes, as well as resources, such as finding aids, articles and information on where to find the records, how to access them, and how to conduct in-person research.

Here's a list of some of our online records that might help you with genealogy.

What are some of the Genealogical Records we have online?

Note:   The National Archives has a subscription to Ancestry and Fold3, 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.  Please see our Digitized by Partners page to see which records they have digitized.


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