The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is a federal agency which seeks to preserve documents vital to the business conducted by the United States Federal Government. This result in a sizable collection of items documenting transactions made by individual members of the United States Federal Government, and it may be useful to a genealogist who has discovered federal employment of a family member.
The resources provided by NARA vary greatly in depth, accessibility, and use. This page will highlight some digital resources offered by NARA that may prove particularly useful in genealogical resources. Questions concerning use of NARA resources and access should be directed to NARA staff, and it is important to note that many NARA resources are available only in physical format.
The Library of Congress is the national library for the United States of America. The Library of Congress seeks to maintain and preserve the vast body of information available in the United States as well as meeting the needs of researchers throughout the nation. The library contains information both current and historical. The library is open to the American public, and it has collections that may be relevant to genealogical research.