While on a genealogical road trip, research and scan original documents. Plan the trip around the area libraries, museums, and archives.
- Ask for the oldest documents that have not been digitized and made available online.
- Look in the out of the way areas such as corners, top or bottom shelves and drawers.
- Ask the policy for handling the old and fragile documents. Some facilities provide white cotton gloves or ask that the researcher open only one paper or folder at a time.
- Ask the policy for scanning or digital photography. Some facilities provide this service for a fee or prohibit flash photography.
- Make a donation to the facility. Financial assistance is always appreciated. Provide a snack for the staff such as cookies.
The following are examples of original documents available at the National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Rd, Morrow, GA 30260:
Guy Shaw found World War II draft cards for Robert Neal Shaw, Sam Junior Shaw, Clyde Shaw, Cranford Shaw, Cranford Junior Shaw, and Hubert Raymond Shaw. (see slide show)
An alias name correction is found. Robin A. McCavic gives the alias John C. Gordon. This document is found in Record Group 125 1911-1915, the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Navy).
What original documents have you found at the National Archives at Atlanta? What is your favorite Record Group? What information do you find in that Record Group? Please let me know, thank you.