Monday, September 23, 2013

Name indexes at the National Archives Branch? Sure!

The first thing we learn about federal records is that very few of them are indexed by name. To make progress, we usually need to know the military unit or the federal department involved. But there are so many federal records that the exceptions themselves can be numerous. Sometimes National Archives employees have created helpful name indexes in certain record groups. Here are a dozen online name indexes from records held at the Chicago (Great Lakes) branch. Visit their page of on-line finding aids for more clues as to the wealth of information cached south of Midway Airport.

RG 15, Records of the Veterans Administration
Records of the National Home for Disabled Soldiers and the National Homes Service of the Veteran Administration:

 RG 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs 

RG 85, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
RG 96, Records of the Farmers Home Administration

RG 147, Records of the Selective Service System

RG 276, Records of the United States Courts of Appeals 

Harold Henderson, "Name indexes at the National Archives Branch? Sure!," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 23 September 2013 ( : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]

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