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  • Jewelle Baker
    Hello Group, Thank you, Alex, for sharing with us.... and Golda just sent this to me which adds additional information... thanks to both for thinking of us!
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      Hello Group,
      Thank you, Alex, for sharing with us.... and Golda just sent this to
      me which adds additional information... thanks to both for thinking of us!

      From: John Hopkins
      Date: Saturday, April 05, 2003 19:24:56
      To: goldajohn@
      Subject: Archives

      Thought the following would be of interest to you:

      50 Million Historical Documents Hit Web
      Fri Apr 4, 2:31 PM ETAdd Technology - AP to My Yahoo!

      By EUN-KYUNG KIM, Associated Press Writer
      WASHINGTON - 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.
      "Now, people can pull these electronic records at their own convenience,"
      said Michael Carlson, electronic and special media records director for the
      archives. "It's totally self-service from your desktop."
      The records available on the database system represent a small fraction of
      the archive's electronic holdings. They were selected because of their
      analytical and statistical nature � most deal with information that easily
      can be looked up based on specific names, dates, organizations, cities or
      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.
      "It can be another stop in creating your family tree and understanding what
      happened and when," said Michael Kurtz, assistant archivist for records
      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.
      The records in the new system "aren't a revelation in information, but is it
      helpful? Absolutely," said American Legion spokesman John Peterson after
      checking out the Web site.
      "A lot of people active with the POW/MIA issue complain the government doesn
      t release enough documents about people who are still missing, so almost
      anything they give out is good in our eyes," he said.
      Kristine Minami, a spokeswoman for the Japanese American Citizens League,
      said getting easy access to government records will provide "a lot of
      validation" to Japanese Americans who were sent to internment camps during
      World War II.
      The database draws from the records of 20 federal agencies. Most of the
      information was created by the agencies to suit their own program needs,
      without any thought to its historical significance.
      Because of that, some records have typographical errors like misspelled
      names or an inaccurate dates. National Archives officials did not correct
      any of the information to preserve the records' integrity.
      Shirley Langdon Wilcox, former president of the National Genealogical
      Society, called the new system an "extremely useful and exciting" tool.
      "This certainly gives you enough of an idea of what might be available to
      you so you know what to weed out before taking a trip somewhere," she said.
      Anytime you have a tool that can make yourself better prepared before you go
      to the Archives or library, it's worthwhile. You don't end up wasting an
      hour or two looking at whether they have something, because you've done your
      homework. "
      On The Net:
      National Archives' Access to Archives Databases: http://www.archives

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