A Day at the National Archives in Waltham

For some, a visit to the National Archives is routine but for those of us who don’t live nearby, it is a special treat.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit NARA in Waltham, Massachusetts, attend a 1940 Census Workshop sponsored by the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, see some old friends, and make some new ones.  All in all, a great day in genealogy land! When I walked in, the guard said, “It’s 8:01!  I wondered who was coming in the parking lot at this hour.  You don’t mess around.”  No, Sir, I don’t.  By 8:10 I had my coat put away, my belongings in a locker, and was learning the ropes.  The staff is extremely nice and, since I came prepared with a list, I was able to do my lookups pretty quickly. Once I had my list, one of the staff assisted me to complete an application for researcher identification and showed me how to complete the Reference Service Slip.  Since it was a busy day, they asked if it would be ok if they gave me copies at no charge.  That was certainly fine with me, although I can see that it’s going to be a little trickier for me to come up with proper source citations this way. By the time I finished my lookups, people from MSOG started coming in.  Pat Stano-Carpenter, President of Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, gave me her I <3 Indexing pin.  Thank you, Pat!  I love goodies!  It was great to see everyone. Jean Nudd, NARA Archivist, gave a presentation about the 1940 census.  I can’t wait to dig in and read the...

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