NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) is arguably the most important repository of genealogical resources in the country. We here in Monmouth County are fortunate to live between two of its regional locations -New York and Philadelphia (please see following related article). Residents of less densely populated areas must travel hundreds of miles to search the same records we can find in a one or two hour drive.
At our September General Meeting NARA Education Specialist Christopher Zarr will explain how to access its rich primary sources, including census records, passenger arrivals and naturalization records -- and much more.
For the last six years Christopher has worked with teachers, students, and the general public in the Manhattan repository at One Bowling Green, appropriately close to the ferry for the Statue of Liberty.
He’ll let us know what’s online, so that we won’t even have to take that hour’s drive, and what is available only on-site.
The National Archives at New York City maintains the historically significant records of Federal agencies and courts in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands dating from 1685 to the present. In addition, NARA provides access to a variety of online historical resources. Come learn what important clues to your family history are waiting at NARA.
The bad news is that NARA in center city Philadelphia is now closed due to "budget adjustments." The good news is that the Townsend Road location is open for researchers and is a much shorter drive from Monmouth County and does not involve center city traffic or expensive parking.
According to NARA’s website "The Townsend Road location is open for Researchers wishing to use original records (paper and photographs; not digitized or online) who must make an appointment."
"Public Access computers and microfilm will not be available at Townsend Road until sometime this Autumn."
The facility is located at 14700 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096. It is a short distance from Interstate 95 in the extreme northeastern section of the city
TMC Sept 2014