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NARA holdings in Ft. Worth

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  • richardgarza1@juno.com
    Dear Listers, The following is the NARA web page listing of what s available in Fort Worth. Please print a copy and share it with fellow researchers who may
    Message 1 of 1 , May 4 2:44 PM
      Dear Listers,
      The following is the NARA web page listing of what's available in Fort
      Worth. Please print a copy and share it with fellow researchers who may
      not have access to the Net.

      Sharing. It's What It's All About!
      Rick Garza

      Services for the Public
      NARA's Southwest Region in Fort Worth

      Table of Contents

      Genealogy Research
      Historical Research
      Bankruptcy Case Files
      Public Programs

      Genealogy Research

      The Fort Worth facility has extensive microfilm holdings of value for
      genealogy research, among them:
      Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1920 (including indexes
      for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920);
      military service records, pension and bounty land warrant applications;
      passenger arrival records;
      Dawes census cards and enrollment jackets for the Five Tribes of
      Self-service microfilm readers are available without appointment.
      Researchers using microfilm do not need a researcher's ID card.
      Additional help:
      NARA's Online Locator, which allows researchers to determine the
      microfilm publications held by the Fort Worth facility.

      The Genealogy Page ( http://www.nara.gov/genealogy/genindex.html ), for
      additional general information about NARA's genealogical resources.

      The 1930 Federal Population Census, for information on the census to be
      opened to the public on April 1, 2002.

      Genealogical Resources on the World Wide Web , for links to non NARA
      genealogical web sites.

      E-mail your inquiry. mailto:archives@...

      Call the Fort Worth facility at 817-334-5525.

      Historical Research
      Original records
      NARA's Southwest Region in Fort Worth has more than 66,000 cubic feet of
      archival holdings dating from 1806 to the 1980s, including textual
      documents, photographs, and maps. These archival holdings were created or
      received by the Federal courts and 85 Federal agencies in Arkansas,
      Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas. Federal law requires that agencies
      transfer permanently valuable, noncurrent records to NARA.
      Among the subjects covered are regional and national history from the
      early 1800s with emphasis on westward expansion to the Southwest and the
      settlement of Native Americans (particularly Cherokees, Choctaws,
      Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminoles) in Indian Territory; the Civil War,
      slavery, Chinese exclusion, repatriation, segregation, World Wars I and
      II, economic development, oil, and the space program. Historic names and
      topics include Jackson Burnett, Bonnie and Clyde, the Blue Angels, the
      Dalton Gang, Wyatt Earp, Billie Sol Estes, Henry O. Flipper, the Green
      Corn Rebellion, O. Henry, Andrew Jackson, Machine Gun Kelly, Jean
      Lafitte, Madalynn Murray O'Hair, Isaac Parker, Belle Starr, and the Texas
      City disaster.

      Archival holdings are arranged by record group (abbreviated RG), a body
      of records from an agency or bureau, identified by an RG number. Selected
      finding aids, including a comprehensive guide to the archival holdings,
      are available by mail and online. Research can be initiated in person, by
      telephone, mail, fax, or electronic mail. Individuals who wish to use
      archival holdings on-site will facilitate their research by calling
      before visiting.

      Before using archival holdings, every researcher must obtain a researcher
      identification card. An applicant must show identification that includes
      a photograph, such as a driver's license, passport, or school or business
      identification card, and complete a short form giving name, address,
      telephone number, and a brief description of the proposed research topic.
      A researcher ID card, valid for 3 years and renewable, is then issued. It
      must be presented during each research visit. The card cannot be issued
      in advance of your visit.

      Microfilmed records
      In addition to unique orginal records, the Fort Worth facility has
      extensive holdings of National Archives microfilm publications. These
      publications reproduce basic documentation for the study of history,
      economics, public administration, political science, law, ethnology,
      genealogy, and other subjects. Included are records relating to U.S.
      diplomacy, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and Reconstruction,
      Native American-Government relations, westward expansion, and World War
      Self-service microfilm readers are available without appointment.
      Researchers using microfilm do not need a researcher's ID card.

      Bankruptcy Case Files
      The Fort Worth facility has bankruptcy and other case files from Federal,
      U.S. district and bankruptcy courts in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and
      Texas. Information on access to them is available online.

      Self-service, coin-operated copying of archival documents is available
      for 10 cents a page (up to 11 x 17 inches.) Upon request, the staff will
      make or arrange for copies of oversized documents, certified copies for
      legal use, photographs, or other specialized reproductions. Fees vary
      depending on the size and type of reproduction. The availability of
      photocopies depends on the physical condition of the documents.
      Paper copies of microfilm can be made at self-service copiers or by other
      arrangement for a fee.

      Public Programs
      Public programs include workshops on genealogy, research in archives, and
      teaching history using archival documents; tours of the facility; student
      internships; exhibits; and lectures. Groups and classes can be
      accommodated by special arrangement.

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