Monday, November 24, 2008

Visiting NARA: NARA records on Footnote.com

I recently made my first visit to the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA). This is one in a series of articles inspired by that visit to help you make your first visit to the National Archives.

NARA records on Footnote.com as of November 2008

Footnote is second only to Ancestry.com in the number of NARA publications available on its website. And unlike Ancestry.com, all Footnote.com content is available for free to patrons (that includes you) at a Family History Center near your home.

On the other hand, unlike Ancestry.com, Footnote.com doesn't provide a way to assist the researcher to find a publication using the NARA publication number or the NARA title. Hopefully this is an inadequacy Footnote.com can soon fix.

For the present time, the good folks at Footnote.com provided me a current list of NARA records available on Footnote.com. I'm not certain if the titles shown are the NARA publication titles or the Footnote.com titles. Also, no indication is provided as to the number of NARA microfilm rolls currently included in the Footnote.com publication of the same, so there is no way to compare the roll count to the total number of rolls currently available from NARA.

In the list, below, I've created hyperlinks for each publication. Click on the NARA publication number to go to Footnote.com's online, digitized copy of that publication. The publications are sorted in publication order. Use your browser's find or search capability to quickly locate a publication number or search for a keyword in the title.

At the bottom of this article are six publications or collections without NARA microfilm publication numbers. Presumably, these are collections that Footnote has digitized directly, saving the time, expense and trouble of going to microfilm before going to digital. If that is the case, then these are records that previously were never visible outside the walls of the National Archives and Footnote.com deserves kudos for going beyond digitizing NARA microfilm.

Pub # Title
C72 Navy JAG Case Files of Pacific Area War Crimes Trials, 1944-1949
C73 Army JAG Case Files of Pacific Area War Crimes Trials, 1944-1949 (Including Iwanami Case)
M40 Domestic Letters of the Department of State, 1784-1906
M61 Foreign Letters of the Continental Congress and Department of State, 1785-1790
M162 The Revolutionary War Prize Cases: Records of the Court of Appeal in Cases of Capture, 1776-1787
M246 Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783
M247 Papers of the Continental Congress
M251 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Florida
M258 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations Raised Directly by the Confederate Government.
M266 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Georgia
M267 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina
M268 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Tennessee
M269 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Mississippi
M270 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of North Carolina
M276 Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Alabama.
M311 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama
M318 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the Territory of Arizona.
M319 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Kentucky
M320 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana
M321 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Maryland.
M322 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Missouri
M323 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas
M324 Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Virginia
M331 Compiled Service Records of Confederate General and Staff Officers, and Nonregimental Enlisted Men
M332 Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress
M346 Confederate Papers Relating to Citizens or Business Firms, 1861-65
M367 Records of the Department of State Relating to World War I and its Termination, 1914-1929
M570 Copybooks of George Washington's Correspondence with Secretaries of State, 1789-1796
M599 Investigation and Trial Papers Relating to the Assassination of President Lincoln
M653 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population
M668 Ratified Indian Treaties, 1722-1869
M787 Civil War IRS Records for State of Pennsylvania, 1862-66
M804 Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files
M835 Select List of Photographs of Harry S. Truman, 1885-1953
M865 Selected Photographs of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1913-1945
M866 Records from the Constitutional Convention of 1787
M867 Selected Photographs of Calvin Coolidge, 1917-1943
M868 Selected Photographs of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1943-1961
M881 Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War
M923 Records of the American Section of the Supreme War Council, 1917-19
M924 Historical Files of the U.S. Expeditionary Force, North Russia, 1918-19
M928 Prize and Related Records for the War of 1812 of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1812-16
M930 Cablegrams Exchanged Between General Headquarters, American Expeditionary Forces, and the War Department, 1917-19
M990 Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917-1919
M995 Papers and Minutes of Meetings of Principal World War II Allied Military Conferences, 1941-1945
M1003 Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons ("Amnesty Papers"), 1865-67
M1017 Compiled Service Records of Former Confederate Soldiers who Served in the 1st Through 6th U.S. Volunteer Infantry Regiments, 1864-1866.
M1085 Investigative Case Files of the Bureau of Investigation 1908-1922
M1148 General Photographs of the Fine Arts Commission (Series G), CA. 1650-1950
M1164 Index to the Naturalization Petitions of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1865-1957
M1164 Index to the Naturalization Petitions of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1906-Nov 1925
M1164 Index to the Naturalization Petitions of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Jul 1865-Sep 1906
M1168 Indexes to Naturalization Petitions to the U.S. Circuit and District Courts for Maryland, 1797-1951
M1279 Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans (Navy Widows' Certificates), 1861-1910
M1301 Applications for Enrollment of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914
M1360 Admiralty Final Record Books of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Key West), 1829-1911
M1368 Petitions and Records of Naturalizations of the U.S. District and Circuit Courts of the District of Massachusetts, 1906-1929
M1372 Passport Applications, 1795-1905
M1380 Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1941-1948
M1401 Territorial Case Files of the U.S. District Courts of Utah 1870-1896
M1407 Southern Claims Commission
M1442 Records of the Department of State Relating to Internal Affairs of France, 1930-1939
M1469 Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Civil War and Later Navy Veterans (Navy Survivors' Certificates), 1861-1910
M1518 Ratified Amendments XI-XXVII of the U. S. Constitution
M1522 Naturalization Petitions for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1795-1930
M1524 Naturalization Petitions for the Southern District Of California, 1887-1940
M1526 Naturalization Index Cards from the Superior Court of San Diego, CA, 1868-1958
M1537 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court, 1820-1930, and Circuit Court, 1820-1911, for the Western District of Pennsylvania
M1545 Index to Petitions and Records of Naturalizations of the U.S. and District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, 1907-1966
M1613 Naturalization Records in the Superior Court of San Diego, CA, 1883-1958
M1614 Naturalization Records of the Superior Court of Los Angeles, CA, 1876-1915
M1626 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. Circuit and District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1906-1930
M1640 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1906-1930
M1653 U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey (Pacific): Japanese Air Target Analyses, Objective Folders, and Aerial Photographs, 1942-45
M1674 Soundex Index to Petitions for Naturalizations Filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts in New York City, 1792-1906
M1675 Alphabetical Index to Declarations of Intention of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1917-1950
M1676 Alphabetical Index to Petitions for Naturalization of the US District Court [and Circuit Court] for the Southern District of New York, 1824-1941
M1677 Alphabetical Index to Petitions for Naturalizations of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, 1907-1966
M1733 Photographs of Japanese Soldiers and of Allied Prisoners of War, 1942-1945
M1752 U.S. Submarine War Patrol Reports, 1941-1945
M1753 Records Relating to the Various Cases Involving the Spanish Schooner AMISTAD, 1815-1858
M1787 Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the Territory of Nebraska.
M1789 Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the Territory and State of Nevada.
M1816 Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Oregon.
M1820 Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With the United States Colored Troops, 2nd through 7th Colored Infantry including 3d Tennessee Volunteers (African Descent), 6th Louisiana Infantry (African Descent), and 7th Louisiana Infantry (African Descent).
M1821 Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served with the United States Colored Troops: Infantry Organizations, 8th through 13th, including the 11th (new).
M1879 Petitions for Naturalization of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1865-1937
M1899 Court-Martial Case Files Relating to the "Hesse Crown Jewels Case", 1944-1952
M1915 Land Entry Case Files of the Broken Bow Land Office, Broken Bow, NE: Homestead Final Certificates, 1890-1908
M1952 Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918
M1972 Petitions for Naturalization of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1897-1944
M1995 Naturalization Petition and Record Books for the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Cleveland, 1907-1946
M2012 Appellate Case File No. 2161, United States v. The Amistad, 40 U.S. 518 (15 Peters 518), Decided March 9, 1841, and Related Lower Court and Department of Justice Records
P2012 13th Naval District Public Information Department Press Clippings, 1942-1960
P2233 Records of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans Division: Petitions, 1838-1861
T252 Mathew B Brady Collection of Civil War Photographs
T289 Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900.
T1103 General Court Martial of Gen. George A. Custer, 1867
T1196 Selected Pension Application Files Relating to the Mormon Battalion, Mexican War, 1846-48
T1206 Project Blue Book, 1947-1969
T1249 Records of the Department of State Relating to Internal Affairs of the Soviet Union, 1930-1939
Click here Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Dependents of Civil War Veterans, ca. 1861 - ca. 1910
Click here Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls
Click here Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880
Click here Black and White and Color Photographs of U.S. Air Force and Predecessor Agencies Activities, Facilities, and Personnel - World War II
Click here Photographs of Marine Corps Activities in Vietnam, 1962-1975 (Color)

2 comments:

  1. "And unlike Ancestry.com, all Footnote.com content is available for free to patrons (that includes you) at a Family History Center near your home."

    Insider,

    This is not totally true, as in Footnote being available at every FHC, since it is not at the one I frequent. In fact I asked about it recently and was informed that a FHC gets goodies like that depending upon several things like the number of hours open each week. Also I seem to remember reading or hearing elsewhere that the Footnote contract with the FHL limits the number of FHCs that can get the service.

    One other thing on the subject of FHCs, is that I was also told that no more FHCs are being built/installed in new LDS churches. Is this true from what you understand?

    Mike

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  2. Beau Sharbrough, my good friend, the "Footnote Insider," has posted a newer list of NARA publications on Footnote with the intention of updating it periodically. The page is at "NARA Titles on Footnote.com" and is current as of 21 January 2009.

    Thanks, Beau!

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