Dear Ms. Roberts,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Index to Passport Applications, 1906- 1923, Passport Master Index, 1/1/1906- 12/31/1959, Passport Applications, 1914- 1925, and Passport Applications, 1/6/1906- 3/31/1925 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that may include information about your grandfather, Joseph Albert Roberts, and if he ever applied for a passport. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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