|Wm Kampe WWI draft registration. Original document scanned by Selma Blackmon at the National Archives at Atlanta|
A greater part of the government documents have not been digitized, but have been microfilmed, examples of microfilm include Native American records and southern claims court records. Microfilm rolls are a source to check for clarity, example spelling on census records. Since microfilm rolls require less storage space that textual documents, many digitized original documents have been destroyed, example census records. The Atlanta branch has five microfilm or microfiche readers. One machine is read only; four machines have the capability to print or to download to a USB flash drive.
A far greater number of manuscripts are available only as textual documents. These are the original paper form. The documents have been neither digitized nor microfilmed. As these documents are fragile, special precautions are necessary for their use. After filling out an application and presenting a photo ID, an archives researcher receives a free identification card. To the family historian holding the World War I draft card signed by an ancestor connects the generations. Textual records that may interest genealogists in Atlanta include the List of Aliens Admitted to Citizenship at Charleston, 1790-1860, World War I draft cards, slave sale documents, federal court cases, federal prison records and Tennessee Valley Authority documents.
Please contact me, Selma Blackmon, with any questions or comments on researching at the National Archives at Atlanta.