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CGS NARA Research Days Recap

The CGS NARA-Denver Research Days held on May 19th and June 2nd were a big success! We had 17 attendees on May 19th and 17 attendees on June 2nd.

Each research day began with a presentation by Maurine Baker and a tour of the facility. The rest of the day was spent in the computer lab where everyone received individual assistance with their genealogy research from members of the very capable volunteer staff. For those of you who were unable to attend, here are some highlights:

What is NARA?

The National Archives and Records Administration is where all federal records are archived.

Who archives records at NARA?

All federal government agencies. Some examples include the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, Air Force Academy, National Parks Service, and more.

What kinds of records would be of use to a genealogist?

Land records, naturalization records, census records, and military service records, to name just a few.

Where is NARA?

There are 17 research facilities, 20 Federal Record Centers and 15 Presidential Libraries throughout the United States. The NARA – Denver Record Center is located at:

National Archives & Records
17101 Huron St.
Broomfield, CO 80023

What are the advantages of researching at NARA – Denver?

1) A computer laboratory with 32 computers available free for public use from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday, except holidays. Most public libraries offer free access to public computers, but have a 2-hour maximum time limit.
2) An experienced paid and volunteer staff who can assist you with determining which records you need and in finding those records.
3) Free use of online genealogy databases such as Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.
4) Access to textual records not available online. It is estimated that less than 5% of the records available to you are accessible online.
5) It’s free! Your tax dollars pay for this wonderful resource!