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CAJUNS, CREOLES, PIRATES AND PLANTERS

Your New Louisiana Ancestors Format

Volume 3, Number 8

 

By Damon Veach

 

SAVING DOCUMENTS:  Most genealogists are outstanding preservationists.  It takes a lot of time to search for and then record and store information found in the various research facilities around the world.  Once the material is found, it is then shared through a number of ways – articles, books, publication in society quarterlies or newsletters, and, in some cases, donated to a museum or library for use by other researchers.

 

It is even more personal when it comes to family papers that have been handed down through generations of caring ancestors.  Paper preservation requires proper storage and safe handling procedures.  This means that special care has to be taken to keep the information safe from further damage.  It takes a lot of effort and understanding to keep this data safe.  Temperature and humidity have to be considered, and this is something that has to definitely be considered a priority.

 

Clean air and good circulation is important too.  High heat and moisture cause the chemical process that destroys documents.  Papers become discolored and brittle if not stored in the right environment.  A damp environment can result in mold growth or invite pests to either eat the documents or use them for nesting material.  Modern home environments offer a safe place, but basements or attics are out of the question.

 

Perhaps the most damaging thing to paperwork is light, especially that which contains high proportions of ultra violent, that is fluorescent and natural day light.  The damage caused by this is irreversible.  This promotes chemical degradation in the paper and fades the ink.  It is important to store family papers in folders or boxes that will provide the needed protection from light and dust.  This also means that the enclosure itself should be made of stable permanent quality materials that will not contribute to the deterioration of the important documents.

 

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FINDING INFORMATION:  There are many archives and museums around the world that preserve important historical and genealogical material.  As discussed in a previous column, each state in the U.S. has an archives facility.  Some of these seem to be better than others, but the bottom line is that care is being given to save as much as possible and to provide researchers with access to the material.  This is why so much importance has been given to the various ways of making the material available to the public without damaging the original documents. 

 

Whether you are searching for information in state facilities or even in private research areas, you always have the National Archives to turn to when it comes to the earliest of records here in the U.S.  It is a privilege to be able to do work here, and just being able to view the massive storage areas is a remarkable experience, something that I had the opportunity to observe several years ago.  Then the Library of Congress comes to mind as another amazing accomplishment of preserving early records. 

 

Once you know where to look for materials, you have a network of archival facilities that offer a wealth of material available to further any genealogical or historical research.  It is like starting at the top and working down, but as genealogists have learned from personal experience, doing family research is just the opposite.  It is necessary to take that individual approach and start at the bottom and work up.  That is why starting with known family data is so important.  It then becomes a stair step up to libraries, archives, and then to the national level and even to foreign archives.

 

Of course, once the basics have been determined, research can be a joy in Salt Lake City at the Mormon Archives.  However, this is just one phase of research, and many people may never be able to visit here but can still glean materials through an exchange program with local Mormon facilities.  This will be discussed later.

 

Right now, I want to focus on all the national facilities where much genealogical and historical material is located.  Each one contains a story in itself, but the following is a list of the locations of major national research facilities in the U.S.  You can check out each one individually in person or through internet availability.  The list includes the following:

 

National Archives in Washington, DC

700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, "National Archives Experience" - The Rotunda, The Public Vaults, The William McGowan Theater, The Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery

 

National Archives at Anchorage, AK (Pacific Alaska Region)

654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, Records Center, Records Management

 

National Archives at Atlanta, GA (Southeast Region)

4712 Southpark Blvd., Ellenwood, GA 30294

Available services: Records Center, Records Management

 

National Archives at Atlanta, GA (Southeast Region)

5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA 30260

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room

 

National Archives at Boston, MA (Northeast Region)

Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center 380 Trapelo Road Waltham, Massachusetts 02452-6399

Available services: Microfilm Research Room, Records Center, Records Management

 

National Archives at Chicago, IL (Great Lakes Region)

7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629-5898

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, Research Room, Records Center, Records Management

 

National Archives at College Park, MD

8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001

Available services: Archival Research Room, Records Management

 

National Archives at Dayton, OH (Great Lakes Region)

3150 Springboro Road, Dayton, OH, 45439

Available services: Research Room, Records Center, Records Management

 

National Archives at Dayton-Miamisburg, OH (Great Lakes Region)

8801 Kingsridge Drive, Dayton, OH 45458

Available services: Records Center

 

National Archives at Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Region)

Denver Federal Center, Building 46, Fifth Street and Center Avenue, Denver, CO 80225

Available services: Genealogy Microfilm Room, Records Management

 

National Archives at Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Region)

Denver Federal Center, Building 48, Fifth Street and North Avenue, Denver, CO 80225

Available services: Textual Research Room, Records Center

 

National Archives at Fort Worth, TX (Southwest Region)

2600 West 7th Street, Suite 162, Fort Worth, TX, 76107

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room

 

National Archives at Fort Worth, TX (Southwest Region)

1400 John Burgess Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76140

Available services: Archival Research Room, Records Center, Records Management

 

National Archives at Kansas City, MO (Central Plains Region)

400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108-4306

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, Records Center, Records Management

 

National Archives at Laguna Niguel, CA (Pacific Region)

24000 Avila Rd., Suite 3513, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Available services: Records Management

 

National Archives at Lee's Summit, MO (Central Plains Region)

200 Space Center Drive, Lee's Summit, MO 64064-1182

Available services: Records Center, Research Room

 

National Archives at Lenexa, KS (Central Plains Region)

17501 West 98th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219

Available services: Records Center, Research Room

 

National Archives at New York City, NY (Northeast Region)

201 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4811 (Entrance on Houston Street, between Varick and Hudson)

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, Records Management

 

National Archives at Northeast Philadelphia, PA (Mid Atlantic Region)

14700 Townsend Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096

Available services: Records Center, Research Room, Records Management

 

National Archives at Philadelphia, PA (Mid Atlantic Region)

Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building, 900 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292 (Entrance is on Chestnut Street between 9th and 10th Streets)

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, Records Management

 

National Archives at Pittsfield, MA (Northeast Region)

Silvio O. Conte National Records Center 10 Conte Drive Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201-8230

Available services: Microfilm Research Room, Records Center, Records Management

 

National Archives at Riverside, CA (Pacific Region)

23123 Cajalco Road, Perris, CA 92570

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, Records Center

 

National Archives at San Francisco, CA (Pacific Region)

1000 Commodore Dr., San Bruno, CA 94066-2350

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, Records Center

 

National Archives at Seattle, WA (Pacific Alaska Region)

6125 Sand Point Way, NE., Seattle, WA 98115-7999

Available services: Archival Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, Records Center, Records Management

 

National Archives at St. Louis, MO

9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

Available services: Archival Research Room

 

National Personnel Records Center (Civilian Records)

111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4199

Available services: Records Center, Research Room, National Personnel Records Center

 

National Personnel Records Center (Military Records)

9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

Available services: Records Center, Research Room, National Personnel Records Center

 

Washington National Records Center

4205 Suitland Road, Suitland, MD 20746

Available services: Records Center, Research Room

 

Herbert Hoover Library

210 Parkside Dr., West Branch, IA 52358

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538-1999

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

Harry S. Truman Library

500 W. U.S. Hwy 24, Independence, MO 64050-1798

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

200 SE. Fourth Street, Abilene, KS 67410-2900

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library

Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125-3398

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

2313 Red River St., Austin, TX 78705-5702

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

Richard Nixon Library, California

18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, CA 92886-3903

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

Richard Nixon Library, Maryland

8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

Gerald R. Ford Library

1000 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2114

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

Gerald R. Ford Museum

303 Pearl St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5353

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

Jimmy Carter Library

441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307-1498

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

Ronald Reagan Library

40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley, CA 93065-0699

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

George Bush Library

1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, TX 77845

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

William J. Clinton Library

1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

George W. Bush Presidential Library

1725 Lakepointe Drive, Lewisville, TX 75057

Available services: Presidential Library and Museum

 

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)

U.S. Government Printing Office Superintendent of Documents 732 North Capitol Street NW Washington, DC 20401

Available services: Affiliated Archives

 

Library of Congress

Prints and Photographs Division James Madison Bldg., Rm 337 101 Independence Ave, S.E., Washington, DC 20540-4730

Available services: Affiliated Archives

 

Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service

HABS/HAER Div National Park Service 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240

Available services: Affiliated Archives

 

Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division 800 Nazihzuhdi Drive Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Available services: Affiliated Archives

 

Pennsylvania State Archives, Bureau of Archives and History, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

State Archivist Bureau of Archives and History 350 North Street Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090

Available services: Affiliated Archives

 

New Mexico State Records Center and Archives

State Records Center and Archives, 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507

Available services: Affiliated Archives

 

University of North Texas Libraries

1506 Highland Avenue, Willis Library, Denton, TX 76203

Available services: Affiliated Archives

 

United States Military Academy

Jefferson Hall Building, 758 Cullum Road, West Point, NY 10996

Available services: Affiliated Archives

 

United States Naval Academy

William W. Jeffries Memorial Archives, 589 McNair Road # A, Annapolis, MD 21402-5029

Available services: Affiliated Archives

 

Yellowstone National Park Archives

Yellowstone National Park Heritage & Research Center, Old Yellowstone Trail S, Gardiner, MT 59030

Available services: Affiliated Archives

 

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FREE SERVICE:  Correspondence to this column should be directed to Damon Veach, Cajuns, Creoles, Pirates and Planters, 709 Bungalow Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5337.  The e-mail address is ancestorslaveach@cox.net.  Queries and book reviews are printed as space permits, and you are encouraged to take advantage of this free service.  Claitor’s Publishing can serve as a distributor for self-published genealogy titles.  Go to their homepage for details on how you can obtain this excellent service.

 

 



 

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