I taught a genealogy class last week at People Plus in Brunswick. One of the participants asked me about what the National Archives provided in terms of genealogy resources. I had no idea so I decided to do a bit of research.
Here is where I started. On the first page of the Resources for Genealogists you can find a nice PowerPoint tutorial for beginning genealogists. It walks you through what is available at the National Archives. You can download the presentation here, assuming you have PowerPoint on your computer – National Archives beginning-research.
The website also has an interesting list of resources available to be searched online, most of which will be very helpful to genealogists. You can find the list by scrolling down to the bottom of this page. Included here are POW lists from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War; passenger lists into the Port of New York from 1846-1851, including the “Famine Irish data files”; and Japanese-American Internee File, 1942-1946.
Finally, there is a useful page about how to care for your personal family archives. You can see that information here. I was particularly interested in this because I have huge quantities of old photographs that I’m trying to figure out how to preserve.
Happy research and I definitely recommend spending a bit of time researching the National Archives website!