Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


If you haven’t tried a surname search in the National Archives Catalog in awhile, Claire Kluskens, Archivist with the National Archives, urges you to try again as there are so many newly indexed databases.

A search for the surname “Bode” provides good examples of what’s been added thus far. On the first page, there are references to persons named Bode in:

  • Labor Camps Bibliography

  • Military Service Records

  • Records of Lawrence Walsh, related to Iran/Contrai

  • Military fatal casualties of Vietnam

  • Presidential Appointments by Harry Truman (Post Masters were presidential appointees)

  • Records of the US Naval Academy

  • Records of the US Fish & Wildlife Service

  • Naturalization Index

  • Prologue article on Chinese Exclusion Act files

  • OSS Art Looting investigation

And, that’s only the first page!!

Just put your surname of interest in the search box at the top right of the home page:

Give it a try. What might you find?

This tip was modified from “The Twelve Key”, informational blog about U.S. archival records, by Claire Kluskens, archivist of the National Archives in Washington, DC., 4 November 2017.

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