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Beginning Your Genealogical Research at

The National Archives and

Records Administration

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Beginning your research at

The National Archives and

Records Administration

Family Research

at the National Archives

Census Records

Native Americans

Washington, DC, Area

Research Facilities

Passenger Arrival Records

(Immigration)

African Americans

Beginning Your Research at

Japanese Americans

Regional Archives

Naturalization Records

Chinese Americans

Land Records

To Contact Us

Hispanic Americans

Military Records

Rules for Using Records

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Conducting Family Research

Don’t know where to start?

Looking for records of your family?

The National Archives may be able to help.

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The National Archives and

Records Administration

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NARA is the nation’s recordkeeper, preserving and making available the permanently valuable records of the Federal Government.

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Conducting Family Research

is useful for family research.

Records of Genealogical Interest

Any record that gives a:

  • Name

  • Place

  • Date

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Before visiting the National Archives . . .

Compile as much information as possible about your family.

Start with yourself,

parents, and grandparents

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Before visiting the National Archives . . .

Compile as much information as possible about your family.

Ask your relatives

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Before visiting the National Archives . . .

Compile as much information as possible about your family.

Look in family records (letters, family Bibles, scrapbooks, diaries, photographs, baptismal certificates, newspaper clippings, etc)

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As you begin your family research at NARA

Remember

  • The National Archives maintains only the permanent records of the Federal Government.

  • NARA does not hold birth, marriage, divorce, or death records. We also do not have deeds and wills. Check with the appropriate state or county.

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As you begin your family research at NARA

Remember

  • Since these records are arranged as the agencies created them,

    • there is no master subject or name index

    • most are not digitized

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As you begin your family research at NARA

Remember

  • Records keeping practices vary over time. For example:

    • The 1790 Federal census lists only the head of the household.

    • The 1880 Federal census lists everyone in the household and their relationship to the head of the household.

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Start with the relationship to the federal government

Start with the relationship to the Federal Government

Think of possible ways your ancestor

interacted with the Federal Government.

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Principal records of genealogical interest

Principal Records of Genealogical Interest

  • Census Records

  • Passenger Arrival Records

    (Immigration)

  • Naturalization Records

  • Land Records

  • Military Records

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Records of groups interacting with the government

Records of Groups Interacting with the Government

  • Native Americans

  • African Americans

  • Japanese Americans

  • Chinese Americans

  • Hispanic Americans

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Principal Records of Genealogical Interest

Census Records

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Census Records

Article 1, Section 2, of the Constitution

requires the government to conduct aFederal census every 10 years(beginning in 1790).

Thepurposeof the Federal census is to count the population of the United States for apportioning representatives to the House of Representatives.

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Principal Records of Genealogical Interest

Census Records

Arrangement

1790–1870

  • The Federal Census is arranged by state, county, township, or city

    1880–1930

  • The Federal Census is arranged by enumeration district.

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Census Records

Access

  • There is a 72-year restriction on access to population census information.

  • Currently, the National Archives has open Federal census records on microfilm from 1790 to 1930.

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Census Records

1790–1840

Lists head of household only

Example: Paul Revere, 1810 Census in Suffolk County, Massachusetts

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Census Records

Records everyone in the household, but not the relationship to the head of the household

1850–1870

Example: Abraham Lincoln is enumerated on page 140 of the

Sangamon County, Illinois, 1860 Census Schedule

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Census Records

Records everyone in the household and the relationship to the head of the household. Enumeration districts are noted.

1880–1930

Example: Laura Ingalls Wilder is enumerated on page 2A of the Wright County, Missouri, (Enumeration District 152) 1900 Census Schedule

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Census Records

Nearly all of the 1890 census was destroyed as a result of a Department of Commerce fire in 1921.

1890

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Census Records

You may view Census Records at:

  • National Archives Building, Washington, DC

  • NARA’s Regional Archives

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Passenger Arrival Records

(Immigration)

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U.S. Customs Service arrival lists, 1820–1890

Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) arrival lists, 1891–1957

Passenger Arrival Records

(Immigration)

Types

Arrival lists are arranged by

port of entry and date of arrival

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Passenger Arrival Records

(Immigration)

  • Philadelphia passenger lists begin in 1800. Most other lists begin in 1820.

  • Pre-1820 records may be on file at the Port of Entry or the State Archives, in the state where the port is located.

  • For more information, see Passenger and Immigration List Index by P. William Filby (available in the NARA Library).

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Passenger Arrival Records

(Immigration)

  • New York arrival lists are not indexed from 1847 to 1896.

  • Canadian border crossings, also called St. Albans lists, begin in 1895.

  • Mexican border crossings records, 1924–1954, are arranged by port of arrival. The complete series has not yet been microfilmed.

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(Immigration)

INS Manifest 1907

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INS Manifest 1953

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Passenger Arrival Records

(Immigration)

Availability

  • The National Archives, Washington, DC, has a complete microfilm set of available passenger lists.

  • NARA’s Regional Archives microfilm copies of passenger arrival records that cover the ports in their area.

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Naturalization Records

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Naturalization Records

  • Naturalization was a two-step process, generally requiring a five-year minimum residency in the United States.

Step 1

  • –Declaration of Intention (First Papers)

Step 2

  • –Petition for Naturalization (Granted Citizenship)

  • The only copy of the certificate of naturalization was sent to the applicant.

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Naturalization Records

Declaration of Intention for Albert Einstein, June 4, 1943

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Naturalization Records

Declaration of Intention for Greta Garbo, September 9, 1948

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Naturalization Records

  • For Federal court naturalizations, contact the appropriate NARA Regional Archives.

  • The National Archives in Washington, DC, holds naturalization records for Federal courts in Washington, DC.

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Naturalization Records

Federal

Contact the NARA Regional Archives that serves the state where naturalizations occurred to request a search of Federal court records.

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Naturalization Records

State

Contact the State archives for the state where the naturalizations occurred to request a search of state, county, and local court records.

Local

Contact the appropriate State archives or the county.

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Land Records

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Land Records

  • The Federal Government documented the transfer of public lands from the U.S. Government to private ownership.

  • Land patent certificates document only the first transfer of title of land from the United States to another party.

  • Records of later transfers may be found in county or state records.

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Land Records

Land records consist of:

  • Tract Books(documenting land transactions)

  • Patent Books (documenting official transfer from the Federal Government to the individual)

Tract books cover two geographical areas:

  • Eastern states

  • Western states

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Land Records

The Eastern Statesconsist of:

For Tract Books covering these states

Contact:

Eastern States Office

Bureau of Land Management

7450 Boston Boulevard

Springfield, VA 22153-3121

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TheWestern Statesconsist of:

For Tract Books covering these states

Contact:

National Archives and Records Administration

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20408-0001

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Land Records

Availability

Contact:

National Archives and Records Administration

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20408-0001

for the following:

  • Land patent case files

  • Mineral entry case files, 1800–1908

  • Railroad land case files

  • Mineral patent case files

  • Timber patent case files

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Land Records

Availability

Check the appropriate State Archives for the following areas that are not public land states:

Connecticut

Delaware

Georgia

Maryland

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Virginia

  • Any state that was part of the original 13 colonies

  • Hawaii

  • Kentucky

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • West Virginia

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Records about Military Service

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Records about Military Service

Repositories

  • NARA holds Federal records of military service in tworepositories:

National Archives Building, Washington, DC

(Revolutionary War – 1912)

The National Archives at St. Louis and the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO

(Late 19th century – Present)

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Records about Military Service

To locate military records, you need to know as much information as possible about the soldier’s service including:

  • Dates of service

  • Branch of service

  • Conflict fought in

  • Volunteer unit

  • Regular Army (Officer or enlisted personnel)

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Repositories

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, holds records relating to:

A.

  • Volunteer enlisted men and officerswhose military service was performed during a particular war or emergency, 1775–1902

  • Regular Army:

    • Officers, 1789–June 30, 1917

    • Enlisted personnel, 1789–October 31, 1912

  • U.S. Navy:

    • Officers, 1798–1902

    • Enlisted personnel, 1798–1885

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Repositories

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, holds records relating to:

A.

  • U.S. Marine Corps:

    • (Some) Officers, 1798–1895

    • Enlisted personnel, 1798–1904

  • Those who served in predecessor agencies of the U.S. Coast Guard, i.e., the Revenue Cutter Service (Revenue Marine), the Life-Saving Service, and the Lighthouse Board 1791–1919

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Repositories

The National Archives at St. Louis and the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO, hold military personnel files of:

B.

  • U.S. Armyofficers separated after June 30, 1917, and enlisted personnel separated after October 31, 1912

  • U.S. Air Force officers and enlisted personnel separated after September 1947

  • U.S. Navy:

    • Officers separated after 1902

    • Enlisted personnel separated after 1885

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Repositories

The National Archives at St. Louis and the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO, hold military personnel files of:

B.

  • U.S. Marine Corps:

    • Officers separated after 1895

    • Enlisted personnel separated after 1904

  • U.S. Coast Guard:

    • Officers separated after 1898

    • Enlisted personnel separated after 1914

  • Civilian employees of Coast Guard predecessor agencies such as Revenue Cutter Service, Life-Saving Service, and Lighthouse Board, 1864–1919

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Records at NARA, Washington, DC

Compiled Military

Service Records

Navy & Marine Corps

Regular Army

Coast Guard and

Predecessor Agencies

Pensions

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Compiled Military Service Records

  • State Militia Records

Contact the appropriate State archives.

  • Confederate Records

  • The National Archives holds compiled military service records for soldiers who served in the Confederate Army, Confederate Navy, and Marine Corps.

  • NARA does not hold Confederate pensions; contact the appropriate State archives.

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Washington, DC

Compiled Military Service Records

Confederate Prisoners

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Compiled Military Service Records

  • Compiled military service records for volunteermen and officersare available for:

  • Revolutionary War

  • War of 1812

  • Early (pre-Civil War) Indian Wars

  • Mexican War

  • Civil War – Union and Confederate

  • Later (post-Civil War) Indian Wars

  • Spanish-American War

  • Philippine Insurrection

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Compiled Military Service Records

  • When researching volunteers, start with thecompiled military service records.

  • Begin your research by consulting the appropriate name indexes on NARA microfilm.

  • If the compiled military service records have not been reproduced on microfilm, researchers may request to see the original records (1775–1912) at the National Archives Building, Washington, DC.

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Compiled Military Service Records

Compiled military service records consist of envelopes containing card abstracts taken from muster rolls, returns, pay vouchers, and other records.

A compiled military service record contains some of the following information:

  • Name of soldier

  • Rank

  • Unit

  • Date mustered in and mustered out

  • Other military information

In addition, some files may contain some biographical and medical information.

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Washington, DC

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Military

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Washington, DC

Regular Army

Regular Army personnel enlisted for a specific time of duty (3 months, 3 years, etc.) rather than for a specific war. They are the forces that serve during peacetime.

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Regular Army

The War Department did notcompile military service records for the Regular Army. Start your research with:

  • Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798–1914

  • Enlisted Men – Regular Army Enlistment Papers, 1798–1894

  • Officers – Francis B. Heitman’s Historical Register and Dictionary of the Unites States Army, From Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903 (2 volumes)

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Washington, DC

Regular Army

Regular Army Enlisted Men

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Regular Army

For Regular Army enlisted men, search the following records:

  • Enlistment Papers, 1798–1912

  • Register of Enlistments, 1798–1914

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Washington, DC

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Regular Army Officers

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Regular Army

For Regular Army officers, search the following records:

  • Francis B. Heitman’s Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army

  • Adjutant General’s Office (AGO)

    AGO letters received, 1805–1889

    AGO document file, 1890–1917

  • Commission Branch,1863–1870

  • Appointment, Commission, and Personal (ACP) files, 1871–1894

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Washington, DC

Pensions

Pension Records:

  • Payment is based on service in the armed forces of the United States between 1775 and 1916.

  • Pension records include both applications for pensions and pensions granted.

  • Pension files often contain supporting documents such as discharge papers, affidavits, depositions of witnesses, narratives of events during service, marriage certificates, birth records, death certificates, pages from family Bibles, and other supporting papers.

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Pensions

Supporting information may include photographs

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Records at Archives 1:

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Washington, DC

Navy

For Navy enlisted men, search the following:

  • Pension Files

  • Rendezvous Reports

  • Keys to and Register of Enlistment Returns, 1846–1902

  • Jackets of Enlisted Men,

    1842–1885 (1885–1941 in St. Louis, MO)

  • Muster Rolls

  • Deck Logs

  • Court-Martial Records

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Navy

For Navy officers, search the following:

  • Edward W. Callahan’s List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and Marine Corps

  • Abstracts of Service (M330)

  • Examining Board and Retirement Board

  • Pension Files

  • Court-Martial Records

  • Deck Logs

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Marine Corps

For Marine Corps enlisted men, search the following:

  • Case Files (prior to 1905, after 1905 – St. Louis, MO)

  • Muster Rolls, 1789–1940

  • Pension Files – The National Archives has pension applications and records of pension payments for veterans, their widows, and other heirs between 1775 and 1916.

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Marine Corps

For Marine Corps officers, search the following:

  • Edward W. Callahan’s List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and Marine Corps

  • Various Registers from 1819–1904 (with gaps)

  • Muster Rolls, August 1798–December 1940

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Coast Guard

Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

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Records at NARA,

Washington, DC

Coast Guard and Predecessor Agencies

  • Registers of Lighthouse Keepers, 1845–1912; and correspondence concerning Keepers and Assistant Keepers, 1821–1902

  • Revenue Cutter Service: Records of Officers, 1791–1919; enlisted crew: muster rolls and payrolls, 1833–1932; and shipping articles, 1863–1915

  • Life-Saving Service: registers, 1866–1913; service records cards, 1900–1914; and articles of engagement for surfmen, 1875–1914

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Native Americans

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Native Americans

  • The National Archives holds information about Native Americans who maintained their ties to Federally recognized tribes (1830–1970).

  • Most records are arranged by tribe. It is very difficult to determine a person’s tribal affiliation if you do not already know the tribe’s name.

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Native Americans

Consider

  • Name of the Federally recognized tribe

  • Name of person

  • When they were alive

  • State where they lived

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Records Availability

The original administrative records of the

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) headquarters are in the National Archives, Washington, DC.

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Native Americans

Will Rogers’s Enrollment Records

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Native Americans

Records Availability

NARA’s Regional Archives hold records created by the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) field offices and Indian schools at the regional level

Student Record, Indian School, Carlisle, PA

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Native Americans

Records Availability

The National Archives at Fort Worth holds many records relating to the Five Civilized Tribes:

Choctaw

Creek

Chickasaw

Seminole

Cherokee

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Native Americans

Dawes Commission Record

Seminole Nation Roll, 1905

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Native Americans

For more information on the records of the Dawes Commission, contact The National Archives at Fort Worth

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African Americans

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African Americans

Pre-Civil War

  • Slave records are difficult to locate and are found rarely at NARA.

  • The 1850 and 1860 slave schedules list the slave owner’s name and the number of slaves by sex, age, and black or mulatto.

  • The names of free African Americans may be included in the 1790–1860 Federal censuses.

Pre-Civil War Records (1790–1860)

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African Americans

Civil War

  • United States Colored Troops (USCT)

  • Regular Army (9th and 10th Cavalry, 24th and 25th Infantry)

Pensions

Military Service Records

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African Americans

Post-Civil War

Census Records

Beginning in 1870, the Federal census listed the names of African Americans including former slaves.

For additional information, see the African Americans in the Federal Census, 1790–1930 tutorial. It is available online at

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Records of Groups Interacting with the Government

African Americans

Post-Civil War

The Southern Claims Commission

Established in 1871, the Southern Claims Commission dealt with Civil War related claims of southerners loyal to the Union.

African Americans submitted claims and gave testimony before the Commission. The files may contain:

  • Names, ages, and residences of former slaves

  • Names of slave owners

  • Slave manumissions (emancipations)

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African Americans

Post-Civil War

Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company

(Freedman's Bank)

In 1865, Congress formed the Freedman’s Bank to benefit former slaves. NARA has microfilmed copies of:

  • Registers of Signatures of Depositors, 1865–1874

  • Deposit Ledgers Indexes in Bank Branches, 1865–1874

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African Americans

Post-Civil War

Ann Blue opened this account in Lexington, Kentucky, in August 1873. After the bank's demise in 1874, she sent in this passbook and received $37.94 in dividend payments.

( Records of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, RG 101)

Freedman’s Savings And Trust File

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African Americans

Post-Civil War

Freedmen’s Bureau

The Freedmen’s Bureau was established on March 3, 1865.

  • Although there are no indexes to these records, they are an excellent source of information about freed slaves.

  • For more information see:

Black Family Research: Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives (Reference Information Paper 108, rev. 2010)

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From I-495 (Capital Beltway) take exit 28B for New Hampshire Avenue (Route 650) south.

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    • The (R3) Metrobus* (the Greenbelt/Fort Totten line) servesGreen Line Metro stations atGreenbelt, Prince George's Plaza, and Fort Totten.

    • The (C8) Metrobus* (the College Park/White Flint line) servesRed Line Metro stations at White Flint and Glemontand the Green Line Metrostation atCollege Park.

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