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Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England and Dukes of Bourbon. c.1465. Newberr
Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England and Dukes of Bourbon. c.1465. Newberry Case MS 166.

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Keeping Up With the National Archives

For a quick update on happenings at the National Archives, take a look at Researcher News. The Spring 2015 issue contains great information on a new “Digitization on Demand” program at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum; details on procedural changes in the Washington DC Reading Room; links to a list of NARA records digitized by partners Ancestry.com, FamilySearch and Fold3; and a link to a listing of new accessions and recently processed materials (these can range from very old records to those recently declassified).

Researcher News also contains the schedule (as well as the website link) for the educational series “Know Your Records.” This series includes live presentations, YouTube recordings and downloadable handouts from the experts at NARA. Recent topics include: “Restoring the Brotherhood of Union: Confederate Pardon and Amnesty Records, 1865–1877” and “Genealogy: Using Records of Artificial Limbs for Union Civil War Veterans, 1861-1927.”

You can check out Researcher News on the NARA website or subscribe to receive it via email. Although currently published somewhat inconsistently, interest from the public may encourage more frequent releases of this valuable publication.

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