Selma Kampe Blackmon encourages genealogical research by teaching and writing for the beginner and intermediate family historian. My personal family research includes the main surnames: Schuler, Kampe, Couch, Elsner, Dunham, Dralle, Armstrong, and Koppelmann. The surname locations are IL, NY and CT. Will County and LaSalle County are the main IL locations. Oneida County is the main NY location. Also, I volunteer at NARA of Atlanta.
17 September 2013
How to research the National Archives at Atlanta by record group
finding aids identify the textual records on the series or folder level. Using
the example for Army Air Forces, the researcher will find daily logs from the
balloon school in Macon, GA. The finding aids or preliminary inventories are
listed on the National Archiveswebsite main page. Search for “Free
on the left side of the screen “Inventories and
the publication is not found on this list, please contact the regional location
for information on the desired records.
of record groups of genealogical interest at the Atlanta office:
RG 14 Records of the U.S. Rail
RG 18 Army Air Forces – Field
RG 21 Records of District
Courts of the United States
RG 58 Records of the Internal
a researcher, ask the question, what government agency would be involved? An
example, Record Group 18: Army Air Forces includes petitions for commission and
admittance to the school, class grades and requests for discharge.
Digital records or publications at the
government website consist of finding
aids. Private agencies such as Ancestry, Family Search, and Fold 3 may choose parts of a collection
to digitize, index, and publish online.
The online microfilm
catalog offers both search and browse features. Read the FAQs. Microfilm
available at the Atlanta Archives includes
a variety of topics. Search examples for “Georgia” produced 43 records
including Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims: Georgia,
1871-1880 on fiche and Final Revolutionary War Pension Payment
Vouchers: Georgia on six rolls of film available for viewing in
Atlanta. The researcher should always download and view the publication
details. In a microfilm collection, not all of the text records may have been
microfilmed. A list of related records is included in the publication details.
Textual record research requires creativity. A
search may be started through either the Online Public Access system
(OPA) or the Archival
Research Catalog (ARC). These are descriptions only, not the actual
text records. Study the information along the left side of the ARC home page.
An ARC example, “world war 1 draft cards” search reveals results for 298
records. The item of interest “Draft Registration Cards, compiled 1917-1918”
- the creating federal entity, date, arrangement, and function
and content - details the contents
copies - location and physical description
- record group number and name, creator, and series information