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Genealogy: Civilian Records

Civilian personnel records may be found at these NARA locations:

National Civilian Personnel Records Center, St Louis, MO

  • Official Personnel Folders, 1900 - present
  • Employee Medical Folders, 1900 - present

Old Military and Civil Records Branch, Washington, DC

  • No consolidated civilian personnel files from 1790 to 1900
  • Varies from department or agency
  • Must provide name and dates of employment

The following microfilmed civilian records are available for research at Waltham, MA (Boston). Descriptive pamphlets are available for most microfilm publications. Researchers are encouraged to e-mail us at the National Archives in Waltham, MA before visiting in order to facilitate your research.

  • Registers of Applications for the release of Impressed Seamen, 1793-1802 (M2025)
  • Department of State "War of 1812 Papers" (M588)
  • Records of the Commissioners of Claims (Southern Claims Commission), 1871-1880 (M87)
  • Registers of Signatures of Depositors in Branches of the Freedman's Saving & Trust Company (M816)
  • Indexes to Deposit Ledgers in Branches of the Freedman's Saving & Trust Company (M817)
  • Records of the US District Court for the District of Columbia relating to Slaves, 1851-1863 (M433)
  • Record of Appointment of Post Masters, Oct.1789-1832 (M1131)
  • Records of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971 (M841)
  • Record of Appointment of substitute clerks in First & Second Class post offices, 1899-1905 (M2075)
  • Index & Registers of Substitute mail carriers in First & Second Class Post offices, 1885-1903 (M2076)
  • Index to Rosters of Railway Postal Clerks, ca 1883-ca 1902 (M2077)

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