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Step-by-Step Guide to Family Research at the National Archives

The Foundation for the National Archives announces the publication of the Genealogy Tool Kit: Getting Started on Your Family History at the National Archives, written by National Archives genealogy archives specialist John P. Deeben. This 160-page step-by-step guide was published by the Foundation and launched in April 2012 to coincide with the celebration of the National Archives’ release of the 1940 U.S. Census. The Foundation has long supported research at the National Archives, including its annual support of the Archives’ Genealogy Fair, and the development of genealogy products such as this Tool Kit and other archival and research-oriented items.

The Genealogy Tool Kit will help family researchers of all levels of experience to explore how their ancestors interacted with the Federal Government over the course of their lives. Did they enter the United States from a foreign country? Apply to become an American citizen? Enlist in a regiment during a particular war? File for a patent, homestead, or pension?

Through such questions, and many more, the Genealogy Tool Kit helps genealogists to navigate the records at the National Archives, from census and naturalization records to military and federal land grant records. With checklists to track the readers’ progress, family trees to fill in as ancestors are discovered, and room for taking notes, the Tool Kit will also serve as researchers’ own record of their family history research project.

The Genealogy Tool Kit also includes the personal discovery stories of Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, and author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles, as well as inspirational accounts from several other family historians.

The Tool Kit is available for purchase in the Archives Shop in Washington, DC, over the phone at 202-357-5271, or via email at nationalarchivesstore@nara.gov

Ancestry.com Offers all WWII Content FREE

through April 30

Preservation Week at Library of Congress April 22-28

Unified 1940 Census ED Finder

Obtaining the Enumeration District for a 1940 Location in One Step

Find My Past

Tell us who you want to find in the 1940 census and we will email you as soon as their records become available.

Listen to Podcast at Pratt Library

Navigating the 1940 Census

Tavis Smiley at Pratt Library

The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, co-authored with Cornel West