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50 Million Historical Documents Hit Web !!

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posted on Apr, 5 2003 @ 05:49 PM
Researchers, genealogists and the plain curious can now use the Internet to check more than 50 million historical records at the National Archives, from Civil War battles to family immigration files.

Before the system became available, people had to either visit the Archives and spend hours combing through documents or request the files by phone and pay to have them mailed.

For instance, someone wanting to research a great-grandfather who immigrated to the United States in the 19th century can choose the series of records listed under "immigrants," enter the relative's name and learn on what ship he traveled, the occupation he claimed prior to leaving, the date he arrived in New York, and the country from which he left, among other details.

Carlson said he expects the service will be popular with veterans in particular because of all the information related to military action, casualties and POWs.

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National Archives' Access to Archives Databases:

This should be a helpful site for various reasons, for one they said it should make tracing your family tree much easier and more accurate. I checked out the site and it gives you a nice search option based on people, subject, geographical area, time span, organization, etc. Hopefully this will be helpful.

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