Washington, DC Area

Notice for Researchers

  • The 3:30 records pull for today (September 13) has been canceled due to significant staffing issues stemming from a problem relating to payroll activities at 22 Federal agencies nationwide.

    While we are making every effort to contain these problems, there is some possibility the afternoon pull scheduled for Monday, September 16, may be affected. We will advise you of the situation as we receive information.

    On behalf of all research services staff, I wanted to thank you for your continued patience. Please feel free to contact me directly at bill.mayer@nara.gov

Services for Researchers at the National Archives in the Washington, DC Area


Researcher at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

Washington, DC (Archives I)

Genealogical Research
The National Archives in Washington, DC, has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research, among them:

  • Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1930;
  • indexes for the censuses, both published and on CD;
  • military service records and indexes;
  • pension and bounty-land warrant applications;
  • indexes to passengers arrival records;
  • indexes to selected naturalization records processed through Federal courts;
  • passport applications

In addition, the Archives Library Information Center has many published materials that are of assistance to genealogists. Read more....

Historical Research
In additional to Genealogy, the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, houses textual and microfilm records relating to

  • American Indians
  • the New Deal
  • the District of Columbia
  • the Federal courts
  • Congress
  • pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters

For more information, see:

College Park, MD (Archives II)

Genealogical Research
On microfilm, we have post-Civil War Internal Revenue tax assessment lists, 1862-1874 More. . .

Cartographic Research Room has maps and aerial photographs

The Archives Library Information Center in College Park has published materials, such as indexes and directories from Federal agencies, the military, and Congress.

Historical Research
Our records include:

  • still pictures
  • electronic records
  • cartographic and architectural holdings
  • Nixon Presidential Materials
  • motion picture, sound, and video records
  • John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection
  • Berlin Documents Center microfilm
  • textual records from most civilian agencies and military records dating from World War II
For more information, see:

Suitland, MD

Bankruptcy and Court Records

We have closed civil and criminal case records of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Court of Claims, and Court of Appeals available for public research. More...

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The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
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