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More Federal Records to Rock Your Socks (pt.2)

I recently posted about interesting federal record groups at the National Archives that most of us have never heard of, but are pretty awesome. I thought you would like to learn about some of them, so here is Part 2 of Record Groups to Rock Your Socks. Refer to the original post for a step-by-step guide to finding these and other great records.

Did you have a veteran ancestor who was a resident of an Armed Forces Retirement Home?  Today’s gem is “Records of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, 1803-1943.”  Notice the link to search the OPA (Online Public Access) for entries from this record group.

Armed Forces Retirement Home 1. annotatedJPGThe NARA website gives this summary of the retirement home history:  “Established as the Military Asylum, Washington, DC, by an act of March 3, 1851 (9 Stat. 595), with branches (1851-58) in New Orleans, LA, and East Pascagoula (Greenwood’s Island), MS, and at Western Military Asylum, Harrodsburg, KY.”

Look at the cool things you can find for both inmates (residents) and employees:

Armed Forces Retirement Home 2 annotatedWhenever you find a record group at the National Archives you would like to access, check to see if they have created a finding aid, such as this one:

Armed Forces Retirement Home 2To obtain copies or view records, use this contact information:

Armed Forces Retirement Home 4Well there you go!  There are plenty more to explore, so stay tuned…and Happy Trails!

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I am an Accredited Genealogist® professional living in California. I have been researching and teaching since 1988.

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