Are you stuck in your historical research? Have you hit a wall in your genealogy quest? Find your answer on History Hub!
We invite you to explore History Hub, our pioneering crowdsourced history and genealogy research community.
Free and open to anyone, you can ask questions and get answers from multiple sources including National Archives staff, other archives, libraries, museums, and a community of genealogists, history enthusiasts, and citizen experts like you.
Make History Hub your first stop! You can ask—or answer—questions on History Hub, or see if your question has already been answered.
Searching & Asking a Question on History Hub
Asking a question is easy on History Hub! Just go to History.gov and type your question into the “Ask” box. In a moment, answers to similar questions will appear:
If none of these suggestions answers your question, you can ask a new one. See below: “Asking a Question on History Hub”
What do other users ask about on History Hub?
History Hub questions run the gamut from genealogy to military records to Native American history, and beyond! Think of it as a one-stop-shop for researching American history:
Questions about military awards and decorations are very popular, such as this Bronze Star inquiry:
Native American heritage:
Another user is trying to trace their Native Cherokee heritage:
This user is researching the history of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp:
Finally, this user would like to know the history of the government’s use of the enigmatic “Glomar Denial,” aka “We can neither confirm nor deny…”
Finding Help from Experts & Institutions
Experts from the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and other archives and museums will respond to these questions, followed by a community of dedicated citizen experts, providing guidance and their valuable experience.
Here a National Archives staff expert responds to a user’s inquiry about Colonial-era maps of New York City, including links to multiple digitized records in the National Archives Catalog, as well as resources at other institutions:
You can also browse topical communities within History Hub, like those for Military Records or African American history, to help hone an inquiry.
History Hub hosts 19 communities in all, including several new communities:
- Genealogy, including sub-communities dedicated to Census Records and Immigration and Naturalization Records
- Military Records, with sub-communities for Army and Air Force Records, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Records, and Military and Civilian Personnel Records
- Court Records
- Foreign Affairs Records
- African American Records
- Native American Records
- Women's Rights and Suffrage
- Land Records
- Legislative Records
- Presidential Records
- Citizen Archivists and CROWD for volunteers interested in transcription projects at the National Archives and Library of Congress, respectively
- Technical Help and Support for any questions about using the History Hub platform
- and finally, Researchers Help when you're not sure where your question belongs
Getting Started on History Hub
Creating a History Hub Account
Before you can ask a question or help answer a question, you’ll need to register for a History Hub account. History Hub accounts are free and only require a few basic pieces of information.
How To: Create an Account on History Hub will help you start the process ➔
Asking a Question on History Hub
How to post a question on History Hub has tips for asking an effective question.
Have you found your answer on History Hub?
If you found the information you were looking for on History Hub, please let us know! Reply to that question and share your success with us!
Help Answer a Question on History Hub
History Hub depends on dedicated citizen experts like you to share your knowledge and vast experience with users new to archival and genealogical research.
Get Involved with History Hub
Do you work for a library, archive, museum, government agency, or other historical organization? Contact us to learn how your organization can participate on History Hub!
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- Watch our webinar: Exploring History Hub for Genealogists and Researchers