Here's how to start researching records at the National Archives:
- Step 1 Determine your Topic of Interest
- Step 2 Gather Information about your Topic
- Step 3 Find Records and Information about Records
- Step 4 Decide if you Should Visit and Plan Your Visit
Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept forever. Those valuable records are preserved in the National Archives and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.
See our New to Archival Research? page for more information.