National Archives and Partner to Make Millions of Historical Documents Available Online

Ancestry____logo.bmpJust received the following press release regarding an upcoming media event:

WHAT:  To celebrate Memorial Day and honor all who have served our country, – the world’s largest online resource for family history – is teaming up with the National Archives and Records Administration – the nation’s record keeper – to kick off a new agreement that makes millions of historical records more easily available to the public.

WHO:  Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Tim Sullivan, CEO,

WHEN:  10 A.M., Tuesday, May 20, 2008

WHERE:  Washington Room, National Archives Building
Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW, Washington, DC
(Press should use the Special Events entrance at Constitution and 7th St. NW)

MEDIA OPPS:  Visuals of historical records including a passenger list of the US Army Transport USS Grant arriving at the San Francisco port in November 1929, the military service record for William James, a Washington, D.C. native who enlisted in the Union Army’s 1st Colored Infantry in 1863, and the death record of Judy Garland.

One-on-one interviews with Professor Allen Weinstein and Tim Sullivan, CEO,, to learn more about the agreement and how and the National Archives are working to preserve America’s heritage and provide access to important historical documents to Americans.

Background:  For more than a decade, and the National Archives have collaborated to make important historical records available to the public, demonstrating their commitment to preserving America’s heritage. currently has the largest online collection of digitized and indexed National Archives content, including passenger lists from 1820-1960, and WWI and WWII draft registration cards. This new agreement provides critical access to these important historical records at a faster rate than ever before due to the placement of technicians and scanning machines at the National Archives to continually digitize content for online access.

For more information about and its offer of free public access to its U.S. Military Collection, go to

For more information on the new agreement between and NARA, visit

Media Contacts:

National Archives Public Affairs staff at: (202) 357-5300., Sara Black at: (213) 996-3812; [email protected].

6 thoughts on “National Archives and Partner to Make Millions of Historical Documents Available Online

  1. If applicable, as Finland’s Migration Inst.’s rea$onable co$t and multi-intracountry support, it may prove of immense benefit to the general genealogical public rather than the coffer$ of Ance$ .

  2. are WW1 enlistment records available?? I know WW1 draft records are available, but I have seen nothing on those who enlisted. I’m interested in the Chicago, IL Cook Co. records.

    Grace Burkowski

  3. why cant i get info on my linton cousins and jordans that was in ww2. cant get none on g-granfathers that was in the civil war LINTON AND GRANT

  4. I am looking for Navy and Coast Guard records, all I can find is the Army any suggestions.

  5. Why don’t you leave a relevant comment? Let me answer your questions:

    1. There are huge costs associated with digitizing records and any people who actually use know that what they pay for is HIGH POWERED information. I have been using for 8 years and know I would have spent thousands upon thousands if I tried to locate the information in multiple locations and databases.

    2. WWI Draft Registration Cards are available currently…records of personnel are available for Colorado and Ohio on Ancestry. If you are interested in finding enlistment records for regular personnel, check out:

    3. Often times indexes are indexed differently! There may be slight spelling differences.

    4. Have you checked at National Archives? That is the creme de la creme of Military Records:

    5. See above.

    Keep in mind, while the Mecca of online genealogical records still has it’s limitations. You may still need to get your butt off that seat and research.

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