Lighthouse Plans and Maps 1793-1939

For all of you Lighthouse affectionatoes out there!  The NARA online catalog now includes Lighthouse Plans and Maps, 1793-1939, Records of the U.S. Coast Guard, RG: 26.  These include architectural drawing, maps and much more info on Lighthouses in the U.S.  If one of your ancestors was a Lighthouse Keeper, don’t miss browsing through this collection.  Sign up for the NARA Newsletter for regular updates on collections added to the NARA Online Catalog.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

FREE NARA 2017 Virtual Genealogy Fair (save the date — 25 October 2017) #genfair2017
From our friends at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)!  An always great opportunity to learn about federal records and just how valuable they can be to your genealogy research.
WHAT: The National Archives will host a live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year! Sessions offer advice on family history research for all skill levels. Topics include Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death; recently recovered military personnel files; Japanese Americans during World War II; 19th century tax assessments; and a “how to” on preserving family heirlooms. For the schedule, videos, handouts, and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online.
WHEN: October 25, starting at 10 a.m. EDT
WHO: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and records experts from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.
WHERE: Anywhere! Participate during the Fair while it is live streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel
Captioning: Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for the event, please send an email to: or call 202-357-5260 in advance.
Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census, and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. See “Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians” online.
Follow the National Archives on Twitter @USNatArchives and join the Genealogy Fair conversation using #genfair2017.
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