1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 9, 2021 12:36 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking employment records for David Preston Goans

    Carol W. Christian Newbie

      How do I locate employment records of Cincinnati Railway leased to Norfolk Railway for 1900 - 1940? Looking for employment records on David Preston Goans (date of birth) 28 Jan 1856.  He began employment in Oakland, Morgan Co., TN in 1900 as a railroad engineer.  He was employed for 47 years.  I would love to find photo of this gentleman and employment information.

        • Re: Seeking employment records for David Preston Goans
          Jason Atkinson Guide

          Dear Ms. Christian,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Pension Claim Files, 1934 - 2001 in the Records of the Railroad Retirement Board (Record Group 184) that may include the pension claim of David Preston Goans. These records are in the custody of the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT). This link provides information on the records and filing a request, as well as sample files. Please email RE-AT at atlanta.archives@nara.gov for questions about these records.


          Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RE-AT.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


          Additionally, you may wish to review the Library of Congress research guide  Railroads: Sources for Historical Research as well as the Genealogy Today article Locating Railroad Employee Records.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!