Using this expanded resource from the National Archives, students, educators, and researchers now have online access to more than 50 million historical records—from Civil War battles and labor disputes to immigration files and engineering plans. The records available in the online database represent a small fraction of the archive's electronic holdings. They were selected because of their analytical and statistical nature; most deal with information that easily can be looked up based on specific names, dates, organizations, cities, or states. For instance, someone wanting to research a great-grandfather who immigrated to the United States in the...

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