Resources for Genealogists

Genealogy Resources

Using the NARA web site:

The National Archives website has articles, finding aids, webinars, and other information about our records and how to conduct research in our holdings.  Additionally, we have a growing number of digitized records available online through the National Archives Catalog and in AAD that are useful for researching family history online.

What Information is Available Online Here:

What are some of the Genealogical Records we have online?

Note:   The National Archives' partners, Ancestry and Fold3, 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.  These records are also gradually being added to the National Archives Catalog.  Please see our Digitized by Partners page to see which records they have digitized and which may already be in the National  Archives Catalog.

Free Genealogy Research Tools

Unlimited access to these services, free-of-charge, is available from any National Archives facility nationwide. Visit the National Archives

To use these web sites from outside of the National Archives, you will have to subscribe to the respective service. These links are provided for your convenience; they are not endorsements of the services.

What's Not Online Here:

  • Family trees
  • Vital records, church records, state militia records, or other records not created by the federal government

Ways to Conduct Archival Research

If the archival materials you are seeking aren't available on the web, it may be best to visit an archives to conduct your research. Archival research sometimes is difficult and can take many hours to complete. If you cannot visit us at one of our research facilities nationwide, you can:

If You Are New To Genealogical Research

If you are new to genealogical research or you need a "refresher," see Start Your Genealogy Research.