Paula Stuart-Warren – The U.S. National ArchivesThe Nation’s Attic

Meeting Information

Date: January 7, 2023
Pre-Meeting: 9:00 AM
Presentation: 10:00 AM
Location: Zoom
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Presentation Description:

Sooner or later our research leads us to the treasures held in governmental archives. Federal government records in the United States lead to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Researchers often use federal census, military, and pension records, and passenger arrival records but these are only a fraction of the genealogically useful records in the custody of NARA. The records of the nation’s civil, military and diplomatic activities are held by NARA. In Washington alone these records total more than six billion pieces of paper; over eleven million still pictures; 99,951 reels of motion pictures; 214,129 sound and video recordings; 2,706,123 maps and charts; 3,525,626 architectural and engineering plans; and 18,934,123 aerial photographs. This hour and syllabus material focus on the Washington, DC, area facilities, commonly called Archives I and II, finding aids, website, catalogs, access options, and research tips. Some discussion covers the Regional branches of NARA, including the finding aids.

Meeting Schedule:

09:00-09:50 AM CST - Members Helping Members Pre-meeting
09:50-09:55 AM CST - Break
09:55-10:00 AM CST - Society Announcement
10:00-11:15 AM CST - Presentation and Q&A

Paula Stuart-Warren, Certified Genealogist®, FMGS, FUGA

Paula is an internationally recognized genealogical educator, researcher, and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She also specializes in Native American research, the WPA, and railroad records. She spends extensive research time at libraries, courthouses, libraries, state archives, historical societies, and various locations of the National Archives. She was a long-time course coordinator and instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and currently the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. She has presented courses for Research Write Connect Academy, Ancestry Academy, and Family Tree University, and continues to present virtual seminars and webinars across the U.S. and in Canada. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, a former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a former president of the Northland Chapter of APG. She has been a Board-Certified Genealogist since 1988.

She is descended from eight ancestral countries and has researched family connections across the U.S. and Canada, including several connections to the Greater Chicago area. She currently has her own educational website and blog at and is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and continuing education.

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