Category Archives: Archives Research

Why I went, what I found, and how to manuever through the National Archives.

Archives III–South Carolina Branch

After my father died, I discovered that the drawers in his dresser were like the annex of the National Archives, filled with many documents pertinent to the history of his family. In fact, after visiting the archives several years ago … Continue reading

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Never Give Up on the Research Hunt

How have I been able to learn so much about my father’s story growing up in the Soviet Union in the 1930’s and 1940’s, particularly since there is not a lot of information out there on the internet regarding that … Continue reading

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Dad Was Always Picking Up the Phone

Dad was always picking up to the phone to right a wrong or warn one of his children regarding what he saw as impending doom.  He was constantly complaining of odors emanating from E.F. Drew, a local chemical company which … Continue reading

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If Only They Stayed in NJ

With so many documents to photograph and time running short before my days at the National Archives would be over, I had little opportunity to read any of the letters and memos I located.  Yet I come there based upon … Continue reading

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Sending Money to Moscow?

I awoke early the morning of my third day of my trip to the National Archives, anxious to learn the contents of the file I had found the previous day.  Now an expert as an archives researcher, I knew the … Continue reading

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Christmas at the National Archives

Only someone interested in history and/or genealogy can fully appreciate my excitement when I pulled into the parking lot at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland in April 2012. Would I really find as many documents as I had … Continue reading

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Dad’s Letters at the National Archives

How could I not travel to the National Archives after being informed that “there were too many documents regarding my family’s years spent living in the Soviet Union for them to copy and send to me?”  If only my father … Continue reading

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