A Prologue in genealogy terms is not always in the beginning of a book or musical piece

One of my favorite periodicals is no longer being published and I am thankful I did subscribe for many years. It’s still in my mind a lot and I do read it in print and online. The articles provide much background for historical and genealogical research. They lead me to understand some federal records in […]

That New U.S. National Archives catalog details

It’s an improvement. I like it better than the previous version. In November, the new edition of the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) catalog had its debut. This one and the earlier one are not like most library catalogs. You’ll notice that on your first searches if you haven’t investigated it before. […]

U. S. National Archives new catalog has launched.

The official date is November 21st, but it’s live early. Lots of people doing presentations that include National Archives information and records are scrambling to update PowerPoint slides. Found something  for my Native American research webinar on Monday night for the Kansas City Kansas Public Library. I even found a few things for my own […]

Virtual US National Archives Talk: Hidden Stories in the U.S. Census and How to Read Them

The U.S. National Archives has virtual and in-person presentations year-round. One of the upcoming ones is The U.S. (Virtual Only) Book Talk – Democracy’s Data: Hidden Stories in the U.S. Census and How to Read Them, Thursday, September 8, at 1 p.m. ETRegister to attend online; watch on the National Archives YouTube ChannelData historian Dan Bouk examines the […]

Born on this land but Native Americans had to be granted the right to citizenship

My first blog post was on 2 June 2007. My life has been blessed with many freedoms and passions. Today I choose not to recap past blog posts, but to talk about something that still blows my mind. As many of you know, I have been involved in deep research in original records related to […]

Breaking good news for now: Seattle National Archives

“SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction Friday to stop the sale of the National Archives at Seattle. An agency has recommended the archives be shuttered in Seattle. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office, along with 29 tribes and various groups, filed a lawsuit Jan. 4 seeking to declare the sale […]

Indigenous Peoples Day is an appropriate title for this federal “holiday”

Today’s blog post is pretty much a soapbox post. Today is Indigenous Peoples Day in Minnesota. As a Minnesota resident, I am proud to say that. In 2016, then Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation for Indigenous Peoples Day. Many localities and some states have replaced the Columbus Day “holiday” with Indigenous Peoples Day. […]