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Two Steps Every Researcher Should Take

Most of the lighthouse records are in the downtown D.C. National Archives with photos and drawings at the College Park, Maryland, facility. This is a useful article for planning your research trip. The Society has more tips on their website at http://uslhs.org/resources/finding_information/libraries_archives/national-archives

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Every time I hear a story about a researcher spending money to travel to a National Archives facility only to find out the records they seek aren’t at that location, are unavailable for research, or that the reference staff are unable to assist the research in the short travel window they have available, I cringe. This is a very frustrating scenario, but it luckily it can be avoided by following these two easy steps:

Search the National Archives Catalog

Go to the National Archives Catalog and search for your research topic. If you’re having trouble finding relevant results, try narrowing your search with the refine options on the left side of the screen or by conducting an advanced search. Of course, if you have any questions about how to use the Catalog, please contact the National Archives Catalog staff.

Once you’ve found records that interest you and you…

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