Getting Started Overview
Here's how to start researching records at the National Archives:
About the Records at the National Archives
Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept forever. Those valuable records are preserved in the National Archives and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.
What are people asking on History Hub?
- RE: I have the civil war pension index card and file number but I got a Negative Search when I applied for the file - any suggestions?
- RE: I'm looking for a specific photo taken by my grandfather when he was a Marine Corps photographer. Is there any way to get this, and if so, where should I start?
- SF-50 for prior agencies I work
- Jeffrey Dale Dossett
- I need a certified copy of the 1940 NARA census proving my grandfather did not naturalize.