USA Genealogy Help and information from NARA

* Genealogical and Biographical Research

Beginning Your Genealogical Research
Other Federal Agency Websites with Information Useful in Genealogical Research
Print and Online Sources that Answer Frequently Asked Questions

* Census Records

Clues in Census Records, 1790-1840
Clues in Census Records, 1850-1920
The Fate of the 1890 Census
1930 Federal Population Census
The Soundex Indexing System
How to Use NARA's Census Microfilm Catalogs

* Immigration and Naturalization Records

Immigration Records
Naturalization Records

* Military Records

Civil War Records
Civil War Union Court-Martial Case Files
Confederate Pension Records
Spanish-American War Records
World War I Records

* Miscellaneous Records

Impressed Seamen, 1793-1814
Passport Applications
Post Office Records
Social Security Records

* Women

Women in Naturalization Records, 1802-1940, Part 1 and Part 2.
Women Soldiers of the Civil War, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Online Genealogical Data

The records listed below are described and, in some cases, digitized genealogical data in the NARA Archival Information Locator (NAIL) database.


Alien Registration Affidavits: U.S. District Court, Phoenix Division, February 6, 1918-June 28, 1918.

Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits: 5,929 affidavits created by U.S. Marshals, Kansas Judicial District, 1917-1921.

Court Records

Fort Smith, Arkansas: 50,000 criminal case files.

Federal Employees

U.S. Marshals and Deputy Marshals for Arizona, 1864-1912: Appointments and Oaths.

Military Records

Spanish-American War: Compiled Military Service Records for 1,235 "Rough Riders."

World War I Draft Registration: Ohio men born between April 28, 1877 and February 16, 1897, whose surnames began with "Aa" and "Ab".

World War II Casualty Lists.

State-level Lists of Casualties from the Korean Conflict (1951-1957) and the Vietnam Conflict (1957- ).