On Day 12 of Family History Month, check out what you can access online at the US National Archives.

Family History Month NARA OnGenealogy

The US National Archives, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), has online databases, many of which are helpful in family history research. These are listed at the NARA site, Access to Archival Databases (AAD).

The National Archives online databases


Here’s an example of one type of record you can find. This is a Prisoner of War record for the famous author, Kurt Vonnegut, who was captured at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

Kurt Vonnegut POW record


Some helpful collections include:

Immigration to America

Russian Immigrants

Irish Immigrants to America


German Immigrants to America


Italian Immigrants to America



Military Personnel Records

World War II


Korean War


Vietnam War


Gulf War & War on Terrorism


Panama Canal Zone


Military Awards


US Civil War


All the digital records at NARA are free to use and if you’re on site you’ll have free access from NARA computers to these subscription record collections (if you use these links from an off-site computer, you will not have free access):

Best in your research, whether it’s fee or free!