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Ancestry Records - How to Find Your Family Tree

By J Hosier

The National Archives and Records Administration is home to one of the largest repositories of information in the history of world. It is there at the NARA that the presidential papers are preserved. It is where declarations of war reside and is also home to the Constitution. Aside from this, the archives also hold incredible amounts of information on ordinary citizens. There in College Park, MD, you can find enlistment records, immigration lists, slave manifests, crime and court documents, tribal records and hundreds more.

It is these records that can shed some light on your genealogical line. The ancestry records< kept there can tell you who your forefathers were, where they lived, and what their lives were like. Getting a hold of such records can pose some problems. The first issue is that only a small number of these holdings are digitized, meaning many can only be accessed through the physical index. If you are a resident of College Park, that may be trivial. To the rest of the nation, that makes them unattainable. You can visit the NARA website for more information about visiting them or to find out how to start your genealogy search.

An online ancestry records search seems to be the answer. The records needed to do a typical ancestry records search are from 1930 to earlier. These records have been digitized by third party contracts for databases not run by the government. This has made the records readily available for search inquiries. Thanks to this practice, a quick, simple and inexpensive way for building a family tree or tracing ancestry now exists through sites like this one.

Visit today to get started on your family tree.

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