Genealogical Resources at the National Archives (NARA)Though we do not have family trees or documents showing lineage of your ancestors and their descendants, we do have many documents you can research to construct your family's history.
For example, if your relatives:
- lived in the U.S. sometime from 1790-1930, they may have been included in the census.
- were veterans of an American war, beginning with the American Revolution, they may have military and pension records.
- arrived in a boat at an American port or crossed borders from Canada or Mexico, they may be listed in immigration records.
- became American citizens through the Federal courts, they may be found in our naturalization records holdings.
- were members of an American Indian tribe, you may find them in our Native American records.
- was of African-American descent, you may find them in post-Civil War records.
- obtained a United States Government passport, their passport applications may be found.
- received a land grant from the United States Government, you may find a land entry case file for them.
- and many more circumstances that generated records ....