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Thank you for contacting the History Hub about family records. The National Archives only holds government generated records such as the US Census, Military records, or Land Records regarding genealogy type information. We do not retain personal manuscripts of genealogy histories. You may find individual or personal family genealogies with the state archives, local heritage societies, or the Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution. Occasionally, larger libraries like New York Public Library will have family folders for local historical families.
I hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research.
Dear Mr. Steele,
Jenette is correct that we do not have personal manuscripts or histories, but we do have Official Personnel Folders (OPF). These detail the individual's service with the federal government from applications, to efficiency ratings, to termination of service and lots in between! By requesting his OPF from the National Archives at St. Louis you can find out more about his service as well as genealogical information like his next of kin and members of his family.
In order to request his OPF please write to us at email@example.com or by sending a letter to:
National Archives & Records Administration
ATTN: Archival Programs, Room 340, Civilian Reference
P.O. Box 38757
St. Louis, MO 63138
Please include certain basic information about your relative such as:
- full name used during Federal employment,
- date of birth,
- Social Security Number (if applicable),
- name and location of employing Federal agency,
- beginning and ending dates of Federal Service
Cara Moore Lebonick
National Archives at St. Louis