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Navigating the National Archives Catalog

“Did you know the National Archives Catalog contains over 140 million pages of digitized historical records and more than 27 million descriptions of the records in our holdings? And new pages and descriptions are being added to the Catalog each week! With so much information and material available to search, we are excited to share updated Catalog Help pages with new instructional videos to help you navigate the Catalog and make the most of your research online. Our updated Using the National Archives Catalog help pages can help you learn more about the Catalog, including topics such as: How to Search; Refining a Search; Searching Within a Record Group, Series or File Unit; Using the Advanced Search; and much more. We know that people learn in different ways, so in addition to written instructions, we’ve included several new how-to videos…Looking for a more visual way to browse the Catalog? Try our Record Group Explorer and Presidential Library Explorer! These next generation finding aids allow you to browse NARA’s holdings by Record Group, and by the holdings of NARA’s Presidential Libraries.  You can use it to get a sense of the scale and organization of records at the National Archives and to explore what is available online through the National Archives Catalog…”

    • Have a question? Find your answer on History Hub! 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…”

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