Posted in Archives

Directory of United States Historic Newspapers

Kenneth R. Marks at The Ancestor Hunt has done an amazing job of finding free newspaper resources we can all use. Below is his list of U.S. resources organized by State. You will be amazed!

Posted in Research Notes

Requesting Records From USCIS

The USCIS Genealogy Program is authorized to make five series of the agency’s historical records available to requesters.  Other agency records may be available from the USCIS Freedom of Information (FOIA) Program, or may have transferred to the National Archives.

Requests are accepted online as well as through the mail. Please read our “Records Frequently Asked Questions” and “Common Errors” section before submitting a request. Answers can also be found in our “Help” section.

Details on Requesting Records at USCIS.

What is an Official Military Personnel File?

Via the U.S. National Archives:

The Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) is primarily an administrative record, containing information about the subject’s service history such as: date and type of enlistment/appointment; duty stations and assignments; training, qualifications, performance; awards and decorations received; disciplinary actions; insurance; emergency data; administrative remarks; date and type of separation/discharge/retirement (including DD Form 214, Report of Separation, or equivalent); and other personnel actions. Detailed information about the veteran’s participation in battles and their military engagements is NOT contained in the record.

Visit the site for more information on military records and how to request them.

What is an Official Military Personnel File?

Nationwide Gravesite Locator

Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.

The Nationwide Gravesite Locator includes burial records from many sources. These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less information than others. Information on veterans buried in private cemeteries was collected for the purpose of furnishing government grave markers, and we do not have information available for burials prior to 1997.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator