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Ancestry.com has partnered with America’s record keeper, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), to preserve important documents and help people discover more of their family stories.

Since 1998, Ancestry.com has digitized and indexed millions of NARA records to create the largest collection of NARA records online. Starting in the spring of 2008, we began scanning documents on location at NARA. This is enabling access to more U.S. historical records online than ever before.

Our growing collection of NARA records includes more than 750 million names and 70 million images in census, immigration and military records, among many others.

Find out more about the National Archives' holdings in Prologue magazine, NARA's quarterly publication.

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How big is our NARA collection?

If stacked, the NARA records Ancestry.com has digitized would be four times taller than the Sears Tower, the Empire State Building, the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, the Space Needle, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and the Hoover Dam piled on top of each other.

The line of people whose NARA records we’ve digitized would extend from Los Angeles to New York City 59.5 times.

The crowd of people whose NARA records we’ve digitized would completely fill Washington D.C.’s entire city limits.

The line of people whose NARA records we’ve digitized would extend from the Lincoln Memorial to the Statue of Liberty 720 times.

The number of people whose NARA records we’ve digitized is roughly the same number of tourists who visit the National Mall over the course of 30 years.

The number of people whose NARA records we’ve digitized would fill all the NBA, MLB and NFL stadiums in the United States more than 180 times.

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Census Records

Ancestry.com has the world’s only online collection of all publicly available U.S. censuses (1790–1940) digitized and indexed. Search the more than 672 million names included and you could find invaluable information about your ancestors.

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Immigration Records

Discover your family’s homelands and recreate your ancestors’ journeys across oceans in the largest online collection of U.S. immigration records. Search more than 100 million names in passenger lists from more than 100 U.S. ports, including:

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Military Records

Find your family’s heroes in the world’s largest online collection of military records, which includes more than 80 million NARA records from all major U.S. wars and conflicts.

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