Record Group 84-- US Consular Post Records #general


Marlene Bishow
 

On: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 18:34:16 EST, Richie Baum wrote:

"Recently I made a special trip to the federal archives at College Point, Md.
from New York City to search for the visa applications that are part of
Record Group 84. My understanding >from articles and >from JewishGen Discussion
Group Archives is that these records are organized by consular post, by year,
and by topic indexed under the State Department's decimal system.
To my chagrin, the archivist who is supposed to be knowledgeable about RG 84
told me that since this record group was new, he was not familiar with it
and did not realize that it contained visa applications. He had no idea how to
locate the visa applications that I wanted to research. As the archivist
had no idea how to locate these records under the State Department's indexing
system, I had no other choice but to return to New York City empty-handed,
having experienced a nice, 24-hour railroad, Metro, and bus trip......"

Dear Richie & Other Genners:

I have written directly to a management contact at the National Archives,
forwarding a copy of Rickie's email. I will post any response that I
receive.

During the 1980's, the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington
indexed tens of thousands of files of Jews located in RG 59 and 84. Most of
these indexes were donated to JewishGen. These are *not* new record groups.
They are historical State Department records. In addition to the indexes
compiled by JGSGW, there is also a relatively new finding aid developed by
NARA for RG 84 for records >from 1789-1935.

As a good practice, it would be a good idea for the traveling researcher to
call ahead to confirm hours of operation and availability of files. Contact
information for the National Archives in DC and College Park, MD is as
follows:

National Archives
ARCHIVES I
Pennsylvania Avenue entrance between 7th & 9th Sts., NW
METRO: Archives
General Information: 202-501-5400
Genealogical reference: 202-501-5412
Closed Sunday

ARCHIVES II
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD
301-713-6800
Closed Sunday

With the recent announcement of the reduced hours at NARA facilities and the
adjusted "pull times." it is a good idea to call a day in advance to have
the files you want to use pulled and waiting for you when you get there.

The contact information listed above is >from JGSGW's publication "Capital
Collections." This publication will be revised and updated in the spring, so
we are offering the remaining copies at a discount to members of this list.
List price: $18 - Sale price: $12 + $5 shipping in the USA only.
Send checks to:
JGSGW
P.O. Box 31122
Bethesda, MD 20824-1122

Regards,
Marlene Bishow
President
JGSGW

MODERATOR NOTE: Marlene is encouraged to *summarize* any response she
receives >from her contact at NARA. We do not normally post material quoted
from elsewhere, including private e-mails.

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