17 October 2008

NARA hosts Veteran’s Day Workshop

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)-Rocky Mountain Region will host a free workshop in honor of Veteran’s Day on Friday, 7 November 2008. The workshop, “Using Military Records for Family History Research,” will be given in the training room of Building 48, Denver Federal Center, 6th & Kipling, from 9:00 to 10:30 am.

Advanced sign up is necessary. Please call (303) 407-5740 to reserve your spot.

28 August 2008

NARA-Rocky Mountain Region to hold Fall Workshops

The National Archives-Rocky Mountian Region will be offering six genealogy workshops on 22, 23, 24 & 25 September 2008.

The topics will be:

Monday, 22 September
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. “Genealogy Research Using Census Records” presented by Kathy Anderson, Archives Technician.
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Non-Census Research at NARA’s Rocky Mountain Region” presented by Rick Martinez, Archives Specialist.

Tuesday, 23 September
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Anchors Aweigh!, An Introduction to Immigration and Passenger List Microfilm at the National Archives” presented by Marene Baker, Archivist.

Wednesday, 24 September
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Using Federal Land Records: How to Find Homestead and Other Land Entries” presented by Andrew Senti, Bureau of Land Management.
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “How to Find Your Confederate Ancestors: Civil War Records” presented by Bill Nix, National Archives Volunteer.

Thursday, 25 September
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Using Bureau of Indian Affairs Records to Trace Your Native American Ancestry” presented by Eric Bittner.

Classes will be held in Building 48 of the Denver Federal Center, 6th Ave. and Kipling Streets, Lakewood. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $10 per class. Checks, made payable to the National Archives Trust Fund, should be sent to the National Archives and Records Administration–Rocky Mountain Region, P.O. Box 25307, Denver, CO 80225. Include your address and phone number and indicate the sessions desired. For more information call (303) 407-5740.

20 May 2008

Free access to Ancestry military records

Today’s Denver Post has an article “U.S. war records available to masses,” which describes recent agreements between the National Archives and Ancestry.com. The story also mentions an offer which allows anyone to search Ancestry’s military databases free, beginning today through 31 May 2008.

To access the free records, visit < www.ancestry.com/military/ >. You will need to sign up for a free account to see individual records.

Thanks to subscriber Gerald Sherard for letting us know about this story.

12 September 2007

New copying prices at NARA-Rocky Mountain Region

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will be raising copying fees effective 1 October 2007. NARA has not increased their fees in seven years and have been considering increases for some time to keep up with costs. The increases will affect copies made at NARA-Rocky Mountain Region.

The following information shows the old rates and the increased rates:

    Microfilm-to-paper copy made by the customer – was $.30, increased to $.50 cents per page.

    Paper-to-paper copy made by the customer – was $.15, increased to $.20 cents per page.

    Certification of Documents – was $6, increased to $15.00.

    Staff made paper-to-paper copies – was $.50, increased to $.75 cents per page.

    Minimum mail order – was $10, increased to $15.00.

Copies ordered from NARA-Washington, DC:

    Passenger Arrival Lists (NATF Form 81) – was $17.50, increased to $25.00.

    Federal Census Requests (NATF Form 82) – was $17.50, increased to $25.00.

    Eastern Cherokee Applications to the Court of Claims (NATF Form 83) – was $17.50, increased to$25.00.

    Land Entry Records (NATF Form 84) – was $17.75, increased to $40.00.

    Full pension file more than 75 years old (Civil War and after), up to and including 100 pages (NATF Form 85) – was $37, increased to$75.00.

    Full pension file (pre-Civil War) (NATF Form 85) – was $37, increased to $50.00.

    Pension documents packet (selected records) (NATF Form 85) – was $14.75, increased to $25.00.

    Bounty land warrant application files (NATF Form 85) – was $17.75, increased to $25.00.

    Military service files more than 75 years old (NATF Form 86) – was $17, increased to $25.00.

21 April 2007

Time is running out to comment on proposed NARA fee increases

If you have land entry files or military pension files to order from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), you’ll want to do it soon before the fees increase. The increases, which are due to go into effect the end of May, will increase the fee for copying a Civil War era pension file from $37 to $125 (338% increase) and a land entry file will go from $17.75 to $40.

Time is running out to comment on the NARA proposed copying fee increases. The deadline for comments is next Friday, 27 April 2007. (Isn’t it ironic that I just reported today a new Colorado law that reduces copying fees making public records more accessible.)

Link to the proposed rule.

It’s not easy to find the links for submitting comments. Thanks to Pam Smith, president of Colorado Genealogical Society for supplying the instructions which were written by Sue Axton.

1. Go to www.regulations.gov. On this page:
2. Under “Search for” select “Documents Open for Public Comment”.
3. Under “Agency” select “National Archives and Records Administration.”
4. Under “Document Type” select “All Document Types.”
5. In the “Keyword or ID” field, type “NARA-07-0001-0001”.
6. Select “Exact Phrase”. This will take you to the “Results” page
7. On the far right side is a “Comments” column. The “Submit” button is the little yellow bubble in this column.