The National Archives, hundreds of years old, is an important source of information for national records ranging from historical moments to family records.
America's citizens like Beverly Woods could find military records, immigration records, and family records on her great-grandfather. This helped her to discover part of her family's past.
Notable historical records stored in the National Archives include the internment of Japanese San Franciscans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Survivors of the Japanese internment were able to sue the American government for consolation using information from these records.
The existence of the National Archives could also discourage influential people from lying or getting their information wrong.
The National Archives are open to everyone, like the one in Burlingame. Admission is free, but it would be a good idea to take the time out to plan your visit. National Archives sites also hold some public programs.
There is the Regional Archives in San Francisco where federal records on northern and central California, Nevada (except Clark County), Hawaii, American Samoa and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
The Foundation for the National Archives ally with the National Archives to create the National Archives Experience.
For more information, visit the National Archives website.
Sources: Discovery Channel, National Archives website
Photo source: National Archives
By Julien G. (notes and title)
Brigette W. (summary)