Did your ancestors work on the construction of the Panama Canal? The records of these workers are a rich resource for genealogists.

All personnel records for the Panama Canal are a part of RG 185 Records of the Panama Canal, and are located at the National Archives at St. Louis​.

The records may provide a lot of genealogical information such as the age, place of birth, parent’s names, occupation, and whether the employee was single or married.

To learn more about what records we hold, how to use them, and what you will find, check out the first “how-to” post on “Rediscovering Black History”:

Image: Placing granite in the hollow quoin. Dry Dock No. 1, Balboa, June 21, 1915. National Archives Local Identifier 185-HR-4-26J164.

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