Wednesday, April 6, 2011

National Archives in Fort Worth

I've made the trip to the National Archives in Fort Worth many times. Sometimes I am disappointed and other times wildly successful. Even the staff was amused the day I found the McCarley Indian file. I couldn't help but dance at the copier as I copied 123 pages. It was a file with pages of wonderful things, like original signatures, a marriage certificate for which I had searched for over 20 years, and a death affidavit from before death certificates. It was a gold mine.

They have moved. The National Archives at Fort Worth opened the Montgomery Plaza research center on February 28th. Their Facebook page has lots of information about the records stored at the archives. They have even started promoting the 1940 census that will be released on April 2nd, 2012. My mother wasn't on the 1930 census but she should be on the 1940 at about 9 or 10 years old.

In 2002, the National Archives opened at just after midnight, early in the morning on the day the census records were released. In 2012, I might just join the party.

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