Publications

Genealogy Microfilm Catalogs

The National Archives has microfilmed more than 3,000 series of Federal records that contain a wealth of valuable information for genealogists and other researchers. In these records lie many of the details necessary to document the everyday lives of individuals in the past and to trace your own family's history.

A comprehensive catalog that lists the microfilm publications by record group is available, as are catalogs for the Federal population censuses from 1790 to 1930 and subject catalogs that list publications by topic and provide roll-by-roll lists of contents.

Please note: How to Order Microfilm

Currently Available
  • Census Catalogs
  • National Archives Microfilm Resources for Research: A Comprehensive Catalog
  • Subject Catalogs
    • American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications
    • Black Studies: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications
      (Note: This publication is out of stock and is only available online.)
      1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
      2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "Black Studies"
      3. Enter any related Subject Terms in the line above, such as "freedmen"
      4. Hit "Search"
    • Diplomatic Records: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications
    • Federal Court Records (Note: This publication is out of stock and is only available online.)
      1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
      2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "Federal Court Records"
      3. Enter any related Subject Terms in the line above, such as a district name
      4. Hit "Search"
    • Genealogical and Biographical Research: A Select Catalog of NARA Microfilm Publications (Note: This publication is out of stock and is only available online.)
    • Immigrant & Passenger Arrivals: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications, Revised
    • Military Service Records: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications

    Census Catalogs

  • The 1790-1890 Federal Population Censuses
  • 8 1/2" x 11", 96 pages
    National Archives and Records Administration, Revised 2001

    #200032 Softcover $3.50
    ISBN 0-911333-63-0

    This publication is available online: The 1790-1890 Federal Population Censuses


  • The 1900 Federal Population Census
  • 1900 Federal Population Census Catalog cover

    8 1/2" x 11", 84 pages
    National Archives and Records Administration, Revised 1996

    #200031 Softcover $3.50
    ISBN 0-911333-14-2

    This publication is available online: The 1900 Federal Population Census

  • The 1910 Federal Population Census
  • 8 1/2" x 11", 44 pages
    National Archives and Records Administration, revised 2000

    #200009 Softcover $3.50
    ISBN 0-911333-15-0

    This publication is available online: The 1910 Federal Population Census


  • The 1920 Federal Population Census
  • 1920 Federal Population Census Catalog cover

    8 1/2" x 11", 96 pages
    National Archives and Records Administration, 1998

    #200042 Softcover $3.50
    ISBN 0-911333-86-X

    This publication is available online: The 1920 Federal Population Census


    1930 Federal Population Census cover 1930 Federal Population Census

    8 ½" x 11", 112 pages
    National Archives and Records Administration, 2002
    #200043 Softcover $3.50
    ISBN 1-880875-25-X

    Search this catalog online. (Note: This is the 1930 census microfilm locator, not an online version of the catalog.)

Microfilm Resources for Research cover National Archives Microfilm Resources for Research: A Comprehensive Catalog

8 1/2" x 11", 120 pages
National Archives and Records Administration, 2000

#200033 Softcover $5
ISBN 1-880875-22-5

Search this publication.


Subject Catalogs
  • American Indians: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications

    8 1/2" x 11", 148 pages
    National Archives and Records Administration, 1998

    #200027 Softcover $3.50
    ISBN 0-911333-09-6

    This publication is available through our online Microfilm Catalog:

    1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
    2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "American Indians"
    3. Enter any related Subject Terms in the line above, such as a territory name
    4. Hit "Search"
    Please note: For more information on American Indians resources, see also the Guide to Genealogical Research.


  • Black Studies: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications

    Black Studies cover

    8 1/2" x 11", 97 pages
    National Archives and Records Administration, 1984 (Note: This publication is out of stock and is only available online.)

    This publication is available through our online Microfilm Catalog:

    1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
    2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "Black Studies"
    3. Enter any related Subject Terms in the line above, such as "freedmen"
    4. Hit "Search"
    Please note: For more information on Black Studies resources, see also the Guide to Genealogical Research.


  • Diplomatic Records: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications

    8 1/2" x 11", 245 pages
    National Archives and Records Administration, 1986

    #200029 Softcover $3.50
    ISBN 0-911333-10-X

    This publication is available through our online Microfilm Catalog:

    1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
    2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "Diplomatic Records"
    3. Enter any related Subject Terms in the line above, such as a country name
    4. Hit "Search"


  • Immigrant & Passenger Arrivals: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications, Revised
  • 8 1/2" x 11", 210 pages
    National Archives and Records Administration, 1991

    #200012 Softcover $3.50
    ISBN 0-911333-05-3

    This publication is available through our online Microfilm Catalog:

    1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
    2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "Immigrant & Passenger Arrival"
    3. Enter any related Subject Terms in the line above, such as a city name
    4. Hit "Search"

  • Military Service Records: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications
  • 8 1/2" x 11", 330 pages
    National Archives and Records Administration, 1985

    #200028 Softcover $3.50
    ISBN 0-911333-07-X

    This publication is available through our online Microfilm Catalog:

    1. From the main Microfilm Catalog page, click Advanced Search (next to the Search button)
    2. In the righthand column, under Subject Catalog, select "Military Service Records"
    3. Enter any related Subject Terms in the line above, such as a state name
    4. Hit "Search"
    Please note: For more information on military service records resources, see also the Guide to Genealogical Research.
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