Researching U.S. Government Records (101)


with Instructor Paula Stuart-Warren 

Learn how to research the treasure trove of federal records of the U.S. government and mine the rich personal and other details they contain to compile a better picture of your ancestors and their families.


Self-Paced Study

You will receive four lessons. Each week the lesson will be delivered to you via email. You can work through each lesson and assignment and build your skills week by week.

Tips & Techniques

Easy-to-understand lesson materials and text and [closed-captioned] videos will cover how to locate key records from the US Government and how to access them online or onsite.

Interactive Learning

Assignments will provide an opportunity to put into practice the concepts as you move through the course. Interact with your instructor via a Private Course Facebook Group.

Course Outline

Note: This course is set up as a "Drip Course" where you receive an email every seven days with a link to unlock that week's lesson (one lesson per week). You must check your junk/spam mail so you don't miss the emails.

Researching U.S. Government Records (101)

  • Focus on the National Archives and partners

  • Overview of finding aids

  • Records at your fingertips

  • Unique records

  • Suggested assignments

Four Lessons

  1. Introduction and Finding Aids

  2. Records at Your Fingertips

  3. Onsite Research

  4. Records, Records, and More Records

A Message from Your Instructor

Ten years in a row spent in intensive researching at the National Archives in Washington, DC and College Park, Maryland. Then research at several of the regional locations of NARA. I knew I had to share details and discoveries with others so they could enhance their own family history. Once I was back in DC in December of 2019, I knew how I wanted to share more about the unbelievable records of our federal government. I hope you enjoy this four-session introduction to a variety of records, finding aids, and both online and in-person access. The syllabus that accompanies this is extensive and provides more detail. ~ Paula Stuart-Warren, Instructor


Here's what students are saying about this course:

"Paula Stuart-Warren, I am only to the finding aids section and have already found out several things I never knew and/or paid attention to. I can't wait to do more. Just amazing so far. Thank you for this wonderful course!" I am so glad you did this course. It’s awesome!” “I love the platform. The audio is great, your great.” ~ Vicki Hilb, Arizona"

"I found a letter that my 5th great grand uncle wrote to Thomas Jefferson! It even had a brief bio about him. Monique Riley I have already learned and found something because of the first lesson! ~ M. Riley "


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