A few years ago I discovered Prologue Magazine, which showcases how records at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) can be used. You can peruse selected article titles to get an idea of what kinds of topics can be addressed with these records. I highly recommend periodically checking out what they are covering as it can be very inspirational for new research directions in your genealogy. I've only been to the nearby NARA branch once (back when it was in Laguna Niguel, it is now in Riverside, California) and have not yet begun to tap into this enormous resource.
Earlier today Malissa Ruffner presented "Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required":
Federal records offer genealogical gold with both direct references to our ancestors and rich contextual background information. But it can be daunting to explore record groups that are not readily available online. The wide array of tools includes paper finding aids, preliminary inventories, online indexes, web guides, and published articles, as well as the National Archives Catalog. Malissa will offer a framework and several case studies that highlight the integration of multiple research tools.
Part of the BCG (Board for Certification of Genealogists) Webinar Series at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.
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