12 August 2016

National Park Service Digital Archive Now Available!


National Park Service Digital Archive Now Available!

There is a lot of activity regarding the National Park Service as on August 25th it is celebrating its Centennial!  What a milestone!

We recently talked about the Federation of Genealogical Societies & National Park Service Partner to Create Database of U.S.-Mexican War Soldiers.

Now I’ve learned about a resource that is available right now! 

Clemson University and the National Park Service have released the Open Parks Network, a digital gallery of rare and unique material from the archives of the country’s national parks, historic sites, and battlefields. The network’s website is growing perpetually and currently features more than 100,000 high-resolution, public domain images. Read more about this new collection in Clemson and National Park Service unveil digital repository for national and state parks.

The Civil War maps collection caught my eye.  Those maps are often so detailed and very helpful to one’s research.  I also noticed the Lincoln Farm Association Cards collection (the mentioned article stated that “the record of more than 141,000 names and addresses of people who donated to create the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in the early 20th century” in included.  Maybe your ancestors contributed to help make this park a reality.
Besides being just fun to look at, the website contains documents of genealogical interest.


What other digital archives in unexpected places (sort of) might interest genealogists?








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