National Archives and Records Administration

Grand Genealogy Journey: The Research-Rich Environment of Kansas City

The Kansas City multi-county, bi-state metropolis is a genealogist’s and historian’s gold mine. First (and these are in no particular order)  is the recently relocated site for the National Archives at Kansas City. It’s in the dynamic Union Station District of the city at 400 West Pershing Road.  The Archives is now featuring an exhibit in Kansas City on the …Continue reading →


Genealogical Customer Service Kudos

I had to order a copy of a Missouri birth certificate on short notice recently.  I ordered it through VitalChek.   Now the trick is not  to order birth certificates from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City, which is the main repository.  Instead, order them from Kansas City or St Louis, which both have statewide records.  …Continue reading →


The Book I’ve Been Waiting For

It was raining as it had almost everyday about the time the mail came.  There was the usual detritus of our not-yet-paperless society and a package that looked like it had been around the world a couple of times. “Hmm,” I thought, “this may be the book I’ve been waiting for.”  And indeed it was.  Seems I had given the …Continue reading →


Black History Month: “Negro Subversion”

March 8, 1918 From: Chief, Military Intelligence Branch, Executive Division To: Captain Roy F. Britton, Boatmen’s Bank Bldg., St Louis, Mo. Subject: Charlie Williams (colored) 1. The above is employed as a porter-janitor at St Louis Union Station, 18th and Market St., St. Louis, Mo. 2.   About 45 years old, very black, about 5 feet 4 inches, weight about 175 …Continue reading →


Friday is Last Day for U.S. Archivist

Friday, December 19, 2008 is the day that the resignation of historian Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, becomes effective. Professor Weinstein, who has Parkinson’s disease, cited health reasons for his decision. Deputy Archivist of the United States, Adrienne Thomas, will serve as Acting Archivist until a new Archivist is appointed, in accordance with the National Archives governing statute. …Continue reading →

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